The southern coast of Portugal, known as the Algarve, is one of Europe's best-kept secrets. In the western Algarve, red rock cliffs shelter secluded sandy beaches and tiny fishing villages, while the more developed eastern Algarve offers many popular resorts and some of Portugal's best restaurants and nightlife. The Algarve's traditional villages and market towns flourish alongside upscale resorts such as Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo (which are just to the northwest of the airport and the provincial capital of Faro). The area near Faro is the most exclusive part of the Algarve, offers the most amenities for visitors, and also makes an excellent base for day trips throughout the region.
Located between Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, Dunas Douradas offers attractive villas, townhouses and apartments, featuring the red tile roofs and handcrafted grillwork typical of the Algarve. These homes are set on nearly 100 acres of pine trees and orange groves, with a sandy beach just 10 minutes' walk away. Gardens and cobbled walkways link the townhouses, while the villas offer their own beautiful gardens (and many enjoy sea views). Some townhouses offer their own plunge pools, and the villas feature full-size pools.
At Dunas Douradas, you will also find a communal Roman-style pool, a children's pool, and tennis courts -- all at no additional charge -- plus a restaurant and poolside bar. Discounted membership is available at Barrington's, a private fitness center offering exercise equipment, indoor and outdoor pools, aerobics, steam rooms, Jacuzzi and sauna. Also nearby are two riding stables and no less than five championship golf courses.
INTERIORS: 1-4 bedroom(s), 1-3 bathroom(s), living room, dining area, fully equipped kitchen, and terrace. All are comfortably furnished. Most include phone and satellite TV; many offer dishwasher and washing machine.
HIGHLIGHTS: Villas, townhouses, and apartments in an exclusive resort near Faro -- many with private pools. Golf and horseback riding nearby. Perfect for exploring the Algarve!