We stayed at Casa do Farol for 10 days in April 2014. We were very impressed with the villa, which is very spacious. For our party of six, there was lots of space and I don't think it would seem overcrowded with a larger group. The villa is well equipped and is comfortably furnished as a traditional Algarvian house with lots of interesting ornaments and features. Each of the large double or twin bedrooms has a different style. In fact it feels very much like a family home, not just a typical holiday villa. The pool area and terrace is a real sun trap and we spent much of our vacation just relaxing here. The location is very peaceful as the road past the villa gets little traffic.
Email communication with the owners Ana and Nuno, was very good from our initial enquiry right through to our arrival and they both went out of their way to help us with anything we needed to make our stay as good as it could be, even making a restaurant reservation for our first night.
The house is very close to the entrance to the Rocha Brava complex, which means you have most of the facilities of the complex on your doorstep, including the excellent little cafe (with free wifi), mini supermarket and the tennis courts. There are also two very good restaurants within 100 metres, Jardim do Farol and Rochamar, both of which we would very much recommend.
The area has several lovely and picturesque beaches, a couple of which are within easy walking distance. You can also take a very nice long walk along the cliff tops between the various coves and beaches. It is about a 30 minute walk down into Carvoeiro, where there is a big choice of excellent restaurants and bars. If you don't fancy the walk back to the villa after a big meal, a taxi costs only 5 euros.
We rented a car from the excellent AlgarveDriver.com, who also arranged our transfer from Faro, but in most respects you could probably just about manage without a car, although the nearest big supermarket is Intermarche which is about a 10 minute drive. There is also an Aldi in Carvoeiro apparently.
We love Carvoeiro, especially at this time of year when the weather is just starting to get warmer (in the low 20s for most of our visit), but it is still reasonably quiet and uncrowded. This was our second visit at Easter and I wouldn't be surprised if we don't come back for many Easter visits in the future. If we do, Casa do Farol will be at the top of our accommodation list.
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