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Villa Maravilha, Messines, Algarve, Portugal

Villa Maravilha

Messines, Algarve

Villa Summary

Villa Maravilha is a large, detached country villa, set in impressive gardens close to the town of Messines in the Albufeira countryside. A beautiful blend of classic and contemporary style, this attractive villa offers tasteful furnishings, a large pool and plenty of space both inside and out. Make the most of the Algarve sunshine on the lawn and pool terrace or dine alfresco under the cover of the sweeping terrace or pergola. What's more, the charming town of Silves is just 15 minutes' drive away. WiFi and air conditioning/heating in all the bedrooms are included.

Arrival & Departure Day :
Villa check in time from 16:00 Information
Villa check out time 10:00 Information

Villa Features

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Sleeps 2 to 9
  • Beach 14 miles
  • Pool 30 x 28 ft
  • Free Air Con
  • Wifi
  • Car Essential Information
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Why our Algarve expert loves this villa
quoteupper A spacious villa set in the Albufeira countryside with a generously sized garden and pool. quotelower
Villa Description
Swimming pool, pool terrace and sunbathing area

The large L-shaped pool is set into a spacious terrace with plenty of room for relaxing on the sunbeds. The poolside pergola houses a table and chairs and brick BBQ, perfect for alfresco cooking and dining. Between the villa and pool is a generous lawned area, ideal for outdoor games and activities. You'll also find comfortable rattan furniture and a table and chairs in a shady spot beneath the covered terrace.


From the road, an electric gate opens on the private driveway, with ample space to park hire cars. A large porch leads to the front door which opens into an impressive hallway.

Living space

The bright and spacious living room is tastefully furnished in neutral tones. Light floods the space via large bay windows. The room is furnished with 2 comfortable sofas, an armchair and a feature fireplace. 3 steps lead down to large patio doors that open to the covered terrace. Adjacent is a separate dining room with large sliding doors providing easy access to the terrace and lawn beyond.

Bedrooms and bathrooms

All 4 bedrooms are located on the first floor. They feature wooden floors, pleasant decor and plenty of natural light. Both double bedrooms have en suite shower rooms and 1 of the bedrooms has a small balcony. There are 2 twin bedrooms, 1 of which has access to a balcony. An independent bathroom is also located on the first floor, while there is a WC on the ground floor.

This villa is registered and licenced by the Portuguese Tourism Board and local council. This number is: 8980/AL.
Key Notes
  • Villa Plus In-Resort Service  
  • Mid Week Towel Change & Light Clean  
  • Bed Linen  
  • Bathroom Towels  
  • Iron & Ironing Board  
  • Villa check in time from 16:00   Information
  • Villa check out time 10:00   Information

Villa facilities

  • 2 double bedrooms with en suite shower rooms  
  • 2 twin bedrooms  
  • 1 bathroom  
  • 1 WC  

Indoor amenities

  • FREE WiFi  
  • FREE Air conditioning/heating in 4 bedrooms  
  • Satellite TV  
  • Safe  
  • DVD Player  
  • Washing machine  
  • Dishwasher  
  • Microwave  
  • Hairdryers  
  • Bluetooth Speakers  
  • Table football  

Outdoor amenities

  • Alarm And Nightlight  
  • Brick BBQ  
  • Car parking (off-road gated)  
  • Pool/Billiard Table  
  • Table Tennis  
  • Pool Size: 30 x 28 ft  
  • Pool Depth: Min. 3ft, Max. 6ft  
Villa Location
Villa Maravilha is located in a valley just 5 minutes' drive from the small town of Messines in the Albufeira countryside. The surrounding scenery is a contrast from the Algarve coastal areas or the hills of Monchique and is well worth exploring to get a flavour of the 'barrocal' - the area between the hills and the coast. Discover the laid back restaurants of the nearby villages or visit the old Moorish town of Silves, just a 15 minute drive away, with its amazing castle and narrow cobbled streets. Reach the coastline in just 25 minutes and experience the golden sandy beaches such as Gale, Fisherman's Beach or Armacao de Pera.

Location features

Local markets and shopping

Within Messines you'll find a good choice of shopping facilities. There's an excellent local market held every day except Sundays selling fresh fruit, fish and vegetables. Why not stock up for a BBQ back at the villa? You can pick up essentials in the nearest supermarket, just a couple of minutes' drive away. Alternatively, neighbouring town Silves has a wide choice of supermarkets and shops to browse. For serious shopping, head to the Algarve Shopping Centre near Guia, just 20 minutes' drive from the villa.

Bars and restaurants

Locally, Messines has an assortment of cafes and restaurants to choose from, both in the town and in nearby villages. Cuisine is typically Portuguese and reasonably priced, whereas Silves has a wider variety of international options, as well as a few piri-piri and seafood restaurants dotted along the river. During the summer months, there are several bars that play live music come evening.


There is a choice of beautiful sandy beaches on the Algarvian coastline, all approximately 25 minutes' drive away from Villa Maravilha. Gale has a wide golden stretch of sand, or there's the Fisherman's Beach in Albufeira Old Town or the lively Armacao de Pera Beach with a great choice of water sports & boat trips. For those who prefer smaller coves hidden in between picturesque rock formations, there are several located along the coastline further west including the beautiful Praia de Marinha, Benagil and Caramujeira.

Family fun

Water babies will love Slide & Splash, one of the best waterparks in Europe and among the most popular in the region. Ideal for both the young and the old, it's well worth the 25 drive from Villa Maravilha. There is also Zoomarine, an exotic marine life theme park with sea lions, dolphins and exotic birds as well as a mini zoo.

Places of interest

The Sand City in Porches is an impressive collection of sand sculptures created by talented artists each summer. You'll be in awe of some of the creations which often include entertaining and whimsical depictions of celebrities, places and scenes. Stop by at night to see Sand City lit up with coloured lights. Nearby town Silves makes for an interesting visit. It was the ancient capital of the Algarve and has a rich Moorish history. Explore the hilltop castle and gothic cathedral before stopping for lunch at a picturesque café set on cobbled streets.


The Algarve is an excellent destination for avid golfers, with nearly 30 golf courses between the coast and countryside. In Amendoeira Golf Resort near Silves, you will find 2 award winning 18 hole golf courses, designed by world renowned players. There is also a 9 hole course, which is the only illuminated golf course in Portugal, allowing you to play at night.

Other activities

If you are looking for a real challenge, the Adventure Park Foia in the Monchique mountains offers you everything to make your holiday into something special. Opt for a day out in the lush nature with informative tour guides offering hiking, mountain biking and canoeing excursions, as well as rock climbing and zip wire experiences. There is also a train station in Messines which sits along the Lisbon to Faro line, perfect for venturing out on a day trip.


Every villa comes with its own manual, complete with details of the best restaurants, taxis, local amenities and activities. And of course, our reps are on hand to make sure you love your holiday more. If you need any advice or tips on the local area, they will be more than happy to help.

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GPS coordinates

Latitude: 37.260959

Longitude: -8.302140

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Activities and things to do
Albufeira is the town where tourism in the Algarve really began. until the 60's it was a lovely old fishing town, with the familiar whitewashed cottages and winding, cobbled Moorish streets leading to charming squares and churches, and fishing boats all clustered around the sea shore. The scenic old town is much the same today, but benefits from the modern accommodation and luxury holiday villas that border it. The town has a fine marina, and about 1¼ miles away is the main strip – Avenida Dr Francisco Sà Carneiro. This is the centre of the club scene and comes alive with cocktail bars, karaoke joints, and discos that never seem to close. Albufeira remains the most popular resort in the Algarve for a good reason.
The old and the new co-habit in style in Guia, a small upmarket town where life rotates around good food. If you are staying in a villa in Guia head to the main street, which is lined with traditional family-run tavernas serving braised clams, grilled sardines, and succulent swordfish steaks. Most visitors want to try the fiery piri-piri chicken, said to have been invented here and reputedly the best in Portugal. A huge shopping mall on the edge of town offers a great line in retail therapy if you need an air-conditioned break from the pool or the beach.
Away from the heat and the crowds, the freshness of the Monchique hills is most tangible. This area of the Algarve is blessed with fertile rolling hills, shrouded in flowers and outcropped boulders, ideal for walking.

Amongst the whitewashed houses of this hill town stand three churches each housing impressive carvings and sculptures. Most notable is the porch of the Igreja Matriz with its twisted stone columns.

A breathtaking view of Monchique can be enjoyed from the ruins of the Nossa Senhora de Desterro Monastery. The monastery gardens are decorated with tiles showing birds and a magnolia tree that may be the biggest in Europe. Arbutus trees, from which derives a strong brandy, are also found in this area.

From Silves proceed west on N124 for 6 ½ miles and then continue north west on N266 for 13 miles to Caldas de Monchique. Continue past Caldas de Monchique for 3¼ miles to Monchique.

Sand Sculpture Festival
The International Sand Sculpture Festival, held in Pera, takes place every year from May to October. The festival celebrates a different theme each year and takes the 50 international artists 8 weeks to prepare for! The exhibitions are an impressive sight both during the day and at night when the sculptures are illuminated with coloured lights. The exhibits are fantastic and are created by artists from all over the world - great fun for all the family!

Slide & Splash Waterslide Park
Slide &amp Splash Waterslide Park is one of the best waterparks in Europe and one of the most popular waterparks in The Algarve. It is an ideal park for both young and old. This water park offers long curly slides and fast straight slides.

Slide &amp Splash is located near Estombar, to the west of Lagoa, on the main N125 road. Call free on 00 351 282 341 685.,idi=EN
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