Villas in the Algarve
Solmar Villas is pleased to offer a selection of luxury villas in the Algarve region of Portugal. All of our Portuguese villa rentals are located in or near to the city of Albufeira.
Albufeira started as a small fishing village and is now one of the most well-known holiday resorts on the Algarve. All our villas in the Algarve are personally sourced by our experts, and offer private pools and excellent facilities.Albufeira still possesses much of its old-fashioned charm, with narrow streets and white washed houses in the old part of town. The main square is the perfect place to sit and watch the world pass by, and foodies can enjoy the small bistros and cafes dotted around its perimeter.
The strip is in the ‘new town’ of Albufeira. This modernised area of the town is known for its lively entertainment – there are bars, night clubs, hotels and a lot of activities. With such diversity, there is something for everyone to do when staying at a luxury villa in the Algarve. And if you’d rather soak up some sun next to your private pool, you can rest assured that our villas are furnished with fantastic facilities, to make every second of your holiday a truly memorable experience.Albufeira is 40 km west of Faro Airport.
You can go to a different beach every day on your Algarve villa holiday as there are more than 21 beaches in the Albufeira area to choose from. With the fine sand and beautiful turquoise sea, a holiday villa rental from Solmar is sure to please the sun worshippers in your group. All of the beaches are safe, and most of them have tourist or sports facilities.Gale – Stretching for miles, this beautiful beach is situated between rocky cliffs and has a wide variety of tourist facilitiesCastelo – A small cove that boasts tremendous natural beautyCoelha – A small beach framed by cliffsSao Rafael and Vigia – Situated between great rock formations, this beach has tourist facilitiesBaleeira – A broad crescent of sand opposite AlbufeiraAlbufeira Beach – A long strip along the city, it is made up of three smaller beaches (Peneco, Pescadores and Inatel)Oura, Balaia, Maria Luisa and Olhos de Agua – A series of beaches surrounded by cliffs with tourist and sports facilitiesFalesia – Seemingly endless miles of beach surrounded by cliffs, with tourist and sports facilities
Shopping in Albufeira
If you fancy a bit of shopping whilst you stay at your luxury villa to rent in the Algarve, you’ll love the local markets in Albufeira. You can get anything from clothes, shoes and souvenirs to household essentials. There is a ‘gypsy market’ held near the municipal canteen on the third Saturday of the month. There is also a market in Calicos on the first and third Tuesday of the month, a market in Guia on the third Friday of the month and a market at Paderne on the first Saturday of the month.
Festivals / Fiestas in Albufeira
4th February - Feira do Pau RoxoJuly - Feria de Artesanato (Handicraft)August - Feria de Na. Sra. Da OradaAugust - feria de Frango (Chicken Festival)28th and 29th August - Feria de Nossa Senhora de Guia.
Golf in Albufeira
Our luxury villas in the Algarve are located close to three golf courses.
The first is Salgados; this is the symbol of Portuguese golf, and will test the skills of even the most seasoned golfer. It is situated close to the sea, with many lakes and a swift sea breeze – www.salgadosgolf.com
The second is called Pine Cliffs. This is located in Pine Wood, and is a 9-hole course overlooking some beautiful beaches – Tel: 00351 289 500 300.
The third course is Balaia Golf Village a 9 hole course suitable for beginners, Tel: 00351 289 570 442.
Nightlife in Albufeira
The main place for night life in Albufeira is along the strip. This lively area boasts more than 3km of bars, restaurants, shops and nightclubs. The strip, despite its name, is not limited to one stretch of road. The entertainment continues down some of the back streets, where a few of the best bars are hidden. This is the most popular place for in Albufeira for those seeking upbeat entertainment.
A few kilometres out of town, on the way to Villamoura, there is a nightclub called Kadoc. It has five dance floors and can play host to more than 7000 revelers. There is also another big nightclub just outside of the town. This has three dance floors and plays a rich variety of music.
If you would prefer something a little quieter, there are some quality bars and bistros in the pedestrianised area of the town, and also some lovely little bars and restaurants in the old town.
Things To Do When Staying At a Luxury Villa in the Algarve
There are many things to do for people of all ages when staying at villas in the Algarve.
Some examples include:Go-karting, Horse riding, Art Galleries, Museums, Cinema, Guided Tours, Chapels, Churches, Castles, Hang-Gliding, Mountain biking, Walking, Boat Trips, Paintballing, Ballooning, Safaris, Paragliding, and Diving.
Near to the town of Albufeira, you will find the village of Guia. This parish is the place to go if you want to experience a traditional Portuguese atmosphere. Places to see include the beautiful church, and hermitage of Nossa Senhore de Guia (Our Lady of the Good Journey).
Pademe is another village that begs to be seen. Its scenic position bestows it with some amazing views, whilst history hunters will enjoy the heritage sites of the castle and church.
Activities for Kids and Families Whilst Staying At a Luxury Villa in the Algarve
A holiday villa rental in the Algarve is suitable for all ages. Here are some of our favourite family activities in the area:
Aqua Land – www.aqualand.pt This is a large water park 15 km from Albufeira. Aqua Land has rides and attractions for everyone – whether you enjoy the thrill and excitement of racing up and down the slides and flumes, or you’d rather relax by the pool and soak up some sun.
Krazy World – www.krazyworld.com This fun park is just west of Albufeira in the town of Algoz. It offers plenty of fun things to do for adults and children alike – there are Pony rides, a petting farm, live shows with crocodiles, mini-golf, bouncy castles and a pool to relax by.
Slide and Splash – www.slidesplash.com This park is located in Lagoa. about 30 minutes drive from Albufeira. Another water park, it has rides for children and adults of all ages, a leisure area and food/drink facilities.
Zoo Marine –This is a Dolphinarium, located in Guia. Just 15 minutes from Albufeira, the park focuses on education and awareness of marine life. You can see the animals in the aquarium, and there is also the opportunity to swim with the dolphins.
Getting Around During Your Private Villa Holiday
You don’t have to hire a car to enjoy our private villa rentals – there are many other ways of exploring Albufeira and the other local areas. There are three different bus routes, totaling 105 stops all over the city. Running from 7am until midnight throughout the summer season, the fare is around €1 for one trip.There is also a train service, for those looking to go further afield – www.cp.pt. The taxi services are relatively cheap, quick and safe. There are ranks throughout the city, or a taxi can be booked over the telephone.There is also a tourist train, circling the main town. This has only three stops, but is a good way to see the sites.
Solmar Villas in the Algarve
All our villas in the Algarve have pools and are carefully chosen and approved by our staff. Our high standards ensure that we only select the very best villas in the Algarve to rent for our clients.We offer properties in the Albufeira resorts of Castelo, Gale and Vale de Parra. We also have a full selection of holiday villas in Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and the Mainland Spain regions of Costa Brava, Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol.
We hand-pick all our villas and with over a decade of experience providing perfect villa holidays in Portugal, we're proud of our portfolio of Algarve villas. Click on a villa below for more info...
A superb detached villa located in a peaceful, rural area of Gale within easy walking distance of shops and restaurants.
A delightfully modern detached villa situated within easy reach of the Blue Flag beaches and all amenities of the popular resort of Galé and Albufeira. *Free WiFi*
The magnificent golden beaches at São Lourenço and Gale are only a 900 metres stroll away, with several shops, mini markets and restaurants even closer.
Villa Dante is a simply stunning Villa located directly on the front line of the chic and ultra-modern Albufeira Marina.
A recently constructed detached villa conveniently located just 700m from Castelo beach and within 200m of numerous shops and restaurants. ***Free Hire Car for Arrivals 21st May - 31st October 2014***
A detached villa located in a quiet area within easy walking distance of Castelo beach and a selection of shops, bars and restaurants. *Free Wi-Fi*
Villa Helmar is a superb villa conveniently located within a short stroll from the shops, restaurants and cafés in the popular beach resort of Gale, on the outskirts of Albufeira.
A delightful spacious detached villa located within easy reach of Gale’s beautiful, safe, sandy beach with its own restaurants and bars. *Free WiFi*
This really is the most idyllic and privileged location imaginable, with sweeping views of the sea, and only locals as neighbours – a fabulously peaceful escape. **Wi-fi**
A superb detached villa close to Castelo and Coelha beaches, various shops, restaurants and bars in this popular area. *Free wi-fi*
A superb modern detached villa located close to beach, shops and restaurants. *Free WiFi*
A magnificent villa located in peaceful countryside within easy reach of Gale beach, shops and restaurants.
This spacious detached villa is conveniently located just 100m from shops and restaurants and 250m from Castelo beach.
A modern detached villa is located in an enviable frontline position on Albufeira’s cosmopolitan marina. *Free Wi-Fi*
A detached villa located in a quiet area within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants and the main ‘Strip' of Praia da Oura. ***Free Hire Car for Arrivals 21st May - 31st October 2014 booked in March 2014***
Three identical adjoining luxury villas set in enclosed gardens and accommodating 18 people close to shops and restaurants.
A detached villa with Air Con. and pool heating available, situated in the resort of Vale de Parra, within walking distance numerous shops and restaurants.
Situated in the popular resort of Gale, Villa Por do Sol is just a short stroll from the beautiful sandy beaches of Gale, a selection of restaurants and cafés, as well as a well-stocked supermarket.**Wi-Fi**
A high quality detached villa in Sao Rafael with shops, restaurants and Praia Grande beach within easy walking distance.***Free Hire Car for Arrivals 21st May - 31st October 2014 booked in March 2014***
A modern detached villa located within walking distance of the beach, shops and restaurants of Castelo and Coelha beaches. *Free Wi-Fi*
With a selection of restaurants, shops and café’s nearby, along with the magnificent sandy Gale beach (less than 500m), the location of Villa Simoes is amongst our best in the Algarve.
This area of Albufeira boasts many truly magnificent beaches and an excellent selection of restaurants offering European and Portuguese cuisine, many shops, supermarkets, café bars and sophisticated nightlife. ***Free Hire Car for Arrivals 21st May - 31st October 2014 booked in March 2014***
Judging from previous client’s feedback, we fully expect Villa Tulipa to be very popular, so we highly recommend booking early. ***Free Hire Car for Arrivals 21st May - 31st October 2014 booked in March 2014***
An impressive detached air conditioned Villa with large private gardens and wonderful private swimming pool. Situated in the popular resort of Galé, within easy reach of the magnificent sandy beach, shops and restaurants. ***Free Hire Car for Arrivals 21st May - 31st October 2014 booked in March 2014***
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