A spacious and lovingly restored house with stunning views in the centre of Alcoutim, a delightful village by the River Guadiana. The house has 3 double rooms and 2 bathrooms.
The house has been recently restored, by the owners, in a modern but traditional style. All the rooms are spacious, light and airy. There are two outdoor spaces, the private courtyard with a shaded dining area and a view down to the river, then there are steps up to the roof terrace where there is a sun lounge area and fantastic views of Alcoutim, the river and across to Spain.
Casa Andorinha is an ideal place for those who love the countryside and a river scene but who also want to experience traditional Portuguese life away from the busy coastal areas. Situated an hour from Faro Airport and half an hour from the coast, the charming village of Alcoutim is found on the banks of the magnificent River Guadiana, the border between Spain and Portugal. The house is located on a quiet cobbled street near the river and close to the centre where there are a choice of cafes and restaurants serving local dishes many with riverside views. Across the river is the typical Andalusian village of Sanlucar where one can enjoy a Tapas and watch the sun set over Alcoutim. A regular ferry service runs between the two villages.
The beautiful hills and countryside that surround the villages are wonderful for walking, bird-watching and biking with many paths and tracks to follow through the valleys of olive and almond trees. The river is a great place to get out on the water, with local kayak hire available or charter a boat to take you up river. For the more adventurous there is a 800m Zip Wire which carries you from near the castle in Sanlucar over the river and lands in Alcoutim. For those wanting to relax , swim and sunbathe there is the delightful fresh water beach close to the village, and a popular place for a picnic amongst the shade of the trees.
A hire car is recommended as public transport is limited and it allows for days out. Within ½ hour there are a variety of beautiful un-crowded beaches to discover on the Eastern Algarve, and the nearest towns of Vila Real and Tavira are great places to wander around the pedestrian cobbled streets both for shopping and eating out. For those wanting to see more of the interior of Portugal, head north to the Alentejo, and the stunning Moorish town of Mertola in the Guadiana National Park..