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|Estadia Mínima||3 noites|
We love the Lisbon coast, and this was our first time North of Lisbon for 30 years. What a find Casa da Olga was.
From the moment we arrived Ralph was attentive, knowledgeable and conscientious. If the only thing you do is listen to where Ralph tells you to park in the beautiful town of Sintra, then that will make your holiday. But listen more, and you will get great tips on beaches, coastal walks, cheap and cheerful cafes serving great food, and top notch restaurants with atmosphere and fabulous food.
The cottage is beautifully presented, small as described, clean, fully equipped for a 2 person holiday, and a really super outdoor space with sun loungers, chairs and table and chimney barbecue. The ceramic floors keep the cottage cool in the height of summer, as do the shutters. Parking is right outside, and the area is nice and quiet.
Praia das Macas has a range of small shops, including 2 mini-mercados, a bakery (open randomly) and excellent butcher who speaks English and recommended the best black pork we have ever had.
The local beach is pleasant and clean, but the coast is definitely worth exploring. Praia da Aguda is a short drive away, or a 1 hour walk all along the cliff top path. The 230 something steps down are safe and easy to manage, and the unspoilt beach is well worth the walk down. Parking at the top is free and plentiful. Praia da Adraga was also worth the visit, and had a very nice restaurant right by the beach.
Sintra is worth a whole day. Be prepared to walk and you will see so much more than using the car. The Palace at Monserrate was also delightful, with splendid gardens and tastefully renovated stately home.
If the opportunity comes we will definitely visit the area again, and without doubt use Ralph's lovely cottage.
Great location and private. Clean Clean Clean!!!
Ceramic floors throughout and a granit wrap around patio with wonderful gardens. We stayed in the 2 bedroom cottage, and found it roomy for our family of 4.
Everything you need is there. Ralph and his Maria were great hosts. We were due to arrive July 28, but our accommodations did not work out for the 2 nights prior and we proceeded to get on to Sintra area. I called Ralph, and although he had already left the area, he recommended a decent place to stay for the night, and welcomed us the next day at no charge. You don't find people like this very often. Just to let you know, we stayed at 3 different places during our 18 days in Portugal, and the only place that did not work out, was the one that was recommended to us by a travel agent.
This was our first trip to Europe and very hesitant on booking on line. Ralph and I communicated several times by phone and email. We stayed in July of 2007 and the boys still talk about it. Great beaches, make sure to check out Grand Beach, and some of the less popular ones off the beaten track. We have some amazing photos. Don't be afraid to explore, whether by foot or by car. Ralph has done an amazing job on the web site. It is dead on, no surpises. Kids were 10 and 11 at the time. They were happy running down to the local market for the ice cream. Make sure to ask Ralph for the name of the very popular family restaurant in the next village (sorry, I forgot). Hope they still have the bbq stand by the fire station on Friday and Saturdays. Amazing chicken, and buns, crazy inexpensive. Make sure you get there early. We got a chance to get into the Calarus winery, very cool. Restaurant eating could get pricy, but we took advance of the local butcher and had a few charcoal bbqs. Cafe down the way was great for breakfast or lunch. Large portions and very inexpensive. Good access to take rail to Lisbon. We would stay here again if every we find ourselves in Portugal again. There is something for everyone here.
Although the cottage is small it is very well equipped and has evrything you need for a comfortable holiday. The garden area is wonderful to relax in after a day sightseeing or on the beach. There is a good choice of restaurants and shops etc in the village and everyone was very friendly. Ralph, the owner came by every other day to check we were okay and ask if we needed any information. He gave us good advice on the bus and train services which are both excellent for getting around. We visited Lisbon and travelled uo the coast to Estoril - both well worth a trip. Nearby Sintra has lots to offer, soaked with history and it's own castle and palace - both very good value for money. There are plenty of interesting little shops and cafes in the narrow cobbled streets.
The beach is cleaned daily and covered by lifeguards as the sea can be a bit dangerous and is frequented by lots of surfers for which it is ideal.
We trekked to Cap de Roca - the most westerly point in Europe and the walk is worth the effort if you are fit enough - about 2- 2.5 hours. There is a fantastic restaurant in the village there to reward yourselves with
All in all a wonderful holiday
Ruth and Robbie June 2008
|Validade da Tarifa||por noite||Noite (fim de semana)||por semana||por mês||Pacote ou Evento|
Estadia mínima: 3 noite(s)
|Taxas||Sem taxas adicionais obrigatórias|
For rentals between 1 and 2 weeks, for example 10 nights, we pro-rata the daily cost and add it to the weekly cost, we do not charge for two full weeks.
A 25% deposit is required to reserve the villa, and then the 75% balance payment is due no later than 8 weeks before the start of your holiday.