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Vacation villa rental

Albufeira / Oura Beach

6 14 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 mi
  • Swimming pool
Located in the heart of Albufeira, this large villa is ideal for families or large groups that are looking for a quiet setting with excellent entertainment space. This 6 bedroom villa has undergone full refurbishment with new bathrooms, new tiles on the floor throughout  …see more

from $125 / night

$994 - $3119 / week

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from $125 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Vacation villa with golf nearby in Portugal

Faro District / Lagos

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 mi
  • Swimming pool
'Casa Jolie' at 10 Albas Villas, Albardeira Meia Praia is a luxurious villa (built winter 2005), amongst its many splendid features include its close proximity to the beach, marina and town centre, which are all within easy walking distance. The Villa itself h  …see more

from $188 / night

$1094 - $2188 / week

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from $188 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Home rental in Algarve with shared pool, golf nearby

Albufeira / Vale de Parra

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.6 mi
  • Swimming pool
Soak up some winter sun in our beautiful and spacious 3 bed house in vale de parra, albufeira, with a beautiful, panoramic view to the sea, across salgados golf course. The house is in beautiful condition, fully air conditioned and is located at the end of a row of ten  …see more

from $125 / night

$875 / week

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(6) Very Good 

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Villa rental in Portugal with swimming pool, golf nearby

Quarteira / Vilamoura

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The kitchen is fully fitted with a washing machine located outside the back door with drying area. Bedroom one (Master Suite) is downstairs and is a double room with fitted wardrobes and a full bathroom en suite. Bedrooms two and three are upstairs and both have twin be  …see more

from $90 / night

$625 - $2125 / week

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from $90 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Portugal Vacation apartment rental

Vilamoura / Vilamoura Old Village

1 4 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 mi
  • Swimming pool
New Modern self catering one bed apartment with stunning views over the Old Village, golf course and to the sea. Private roof terrace - ideal for couples seeking intimate sun. 15 minutes walk from Vilamoura Marina. Located within a small new secure condominium.L  …see more

from $63 / night

$313 - $830 / week

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from $63 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Portugal Vacation villa rental

Faro District / Lagos

4 8 5 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 mi
  • Swimming pool
Casa dos Sonhos (House of Dreams) is a luxurious single-story villa with four bedrooms and three bathrooms set in beautiful mature private gardens with its own large pool, terrace and barbecue area. The villa is private and not over-looked, being set on a hill  …see more

from $160 / night

$1120 - $1995 / week

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(15) Excellent 

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Vacation villa accommodation

Faro District / Lagos

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 5 mi
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Villa Tranquillo certainly lives up to its name as it is a totally private and secluded villa set in extensive tropical gardens and with a good sized private pool (8.5 x 4 m). The villa is an ecletic mix of traditional Portuguese architecture and modern day living with  …see more

from $70 / night

$488 - $1288 / week

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(9) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Algarve with golf nearby

Vilamoura / Pinhal Golf Course

5 10 4 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 mi
  • Swimming pool
This villa is a spacious 5 en suite bedroom villa that sleeps up to 10. Recently refurbished, the inside is all new with all the bells and whistles of a new construction. Modern and functional kitchen and beautiful brand new bathrooms. Being right next to the go  …see more

from $308 / night

$1791 - $4916 / week

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from $308 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Vacation apartment with shared pool, golf nearby in Portugal

Alvor / Vila da Praia

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This spacious 2 bed apartment is set within a private secure complex in an ideal location 300m from the beach, 300m from the Alvor harbour, and easy access to the top golf courses, 3 kms. The complex has a lovely garden area around the two swimming pools, one for adults  …see more

from $54 / night

$369 - $1113 / week

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from $54 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Vacation villa in Algarve

Faro District / Faro

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Air conditioning
Casa Estrela is a fully equipped villa with beautiful views over the Algarve countryside towards the lights of Faro and the Atlantic Ocean. This spectacular villa lies 15km north of Faro centre. It is equipped with air conditioning and wifi. There is a private pool and  …see more

from $313 / night

$2008 - $2644 / week

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from $313 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Vacation villa in Algarve

Carvoeiro / Marinha

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 mi
  • Swimming pool
Casa Jasmin is set in nearly an acre of newly landscaped gardens. It is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of Caramujeira, yet is only a short drive from Carvoeiro. The beautiful Albandeira beach is accessible via a wonderful countryside walk  …see more

from $175 / night

$1224 - $2071 / week

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from $175 / night

(19) Very Good 

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Vacation villa with golf nearby in Portugal

Albufeira / Albufeira Marina

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 mi
  • Child friendly
Villa Isabella - FARM VILLAGENew & Spacious & Luxury Holiday VillaVilla Albufeira, 2 bedrooms ensuite, sleeps 52 Balconies available plus built in barbecue adjacent to lounge. All villa has music system integrated in all rooms & lounge which  …see more

from $16 / night

$106 - $1431 / week

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from $16 / night

(30) Excellent 

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Vacation penthouse with shared pool, golf nearby in Portugal

Albufeira / Central Albufeira

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 mi
  • Swimming pool
Comfortable 2 bedroom penthouse apartment with an extended terrace fitted with a roofed Pergola attached to the side of the penthouse which now offers more protection from the sun. It was recently been renovated in March 2016 , also equipped with sun loungers, outside t  …see more

from $72 / night

$500 - $1344 / week

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from $72 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Vacation apartment with golf nearby in Portugal

Carvoeiro / Central Carvoeiro

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 mi
  • Child friendly
Stunning, modern, spacious, air conditioned apartment in the heart of Carvoeiro. Well furnished with two bathrooms, all amenities, large balcony serving both bedrooms with beautiful views opposite. Close to beach, bars and a wide range of fabulous restaurants. Satelite  …see more

from $38 / night

$273 - $553 / week

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from $38 / night

(9) Excellent 

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Vacation villa rental

Faro District / Burgau

2 7 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 mi
  • Swimming pool
SPECIAL OFFER - 2016 PRICES!! This superb 3/4 bedroom Burgau villa is sold at the price of a 2/3 bedroom villa representing fantastic value for money. Also, this year we've decided to fix the rates at 2016's rates. Set in national park and just 3-4 mins walk  …see more

from $173 / night

$1213 - $2438 / week

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from $173 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Portugal Vacation villa rental

Luz / Praia da Luz

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 mi
  • Swimming pool
This large townhouse offers a peaceful retreat with all the comforts of home. Close to the village of Luz with magnificent sea views, this property offers something for everyone from families to golfers Casa Gaivota is situated in a quiet and enviable position, with fa  …see more

from $169 / night

$1188 - $1938 / week

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from $169 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Vacation apartment with shared pool, golf nearby in Portugal

Alvor / Marachique

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The apartment benefits from a hall, large lounge with sofa bed that make either into a double bed or twin beds plus a seperate fold up bed making it ideal for 5 persons. There is also another easy sofa, 3 easy chairs, 2 coffee tables, TV cabinet, large rug, lamps and wa  …see more

from $38 / night

$263 - $625 / week

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from $38 / night

(17) Excellent 

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Vacation apartment in Portugal

Alvor / Vila da Praia

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 mi
  • Swimming pool
This superior 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apt is in an excellent location,5 mins walk to the stunning Alvor beach,and 5 mins walk to the centre of Alvor,car hire is not necessary. The apt is within easy access to the top golf courses 3kms, the closest being the local Alto Gol  …see more

from $53 / night

$371 - $1277 / week

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from $53 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Portugal Vacation villa rental

Faro District / Almancil

3 6 4 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 mi
  • Swimming pool
Comfortably furnished villa, airy and spacious. Located on the outskirts of Almancil, minutes away from all the amenities and a short drive away from the beautiful Algarve beaches. With 3 bedrooms, this villa is suitable for up to 6 persons. The ground floor consists  …see more

from $128 / night

$710 - $1939 / week

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from $128 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Vacation villa with golf nearby in Portugal

Quarteira / Vilamoura

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 mi
  • Swimming pool
This private 4 bedroom villa is located in a very quiet cul-de-sac just a couple hundred meters away from the Old Village, just next to Pinhal Golf Course. Recently redecorated with a modern touch and comfortable furniture, meant to be practical and aimed towards the co  …see more

from $202 / night

$1155 - $3168 / week

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from $202 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Vacation villa in Portugal

Madeira / Calheta

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 mi
  • Swimming pool
This magnificent luxury villa has breath-taking views of the glistening Atlantic Ocean and overlooks the cosmopolitan village, marina and sandy beaches of Calheta, just 1km away. Located right on the cliff top, with a spectacular heated infinity pool, it is finished to  …see more

from $239 / night

$1478 - $2813 / week

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from $239 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Vacation villa in Portugal

Albufeira / Guia

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
A luxury Villa with a stunning private pool located on new condiminium. Superbly furnished to a very high standard, the Villa provides all the creature comforts you would enjoy at home. The 32ft leisure pool is located in the private garden with spectacular views acros  …see more

from $200 / night

$1375 - $2000 / week

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from $200 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Vacation home with golf nearby in Portugal

Leiria District / Peniche

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.7 mi
  • Child friendly
House with a very charming decor to make your beach vacation unforgettable! It has 2 bedrooms with double bed and living room with sofa bed (up to 6 PAX),2 bathroom, kitchen and clothing machine. It also has an outdoor patio with garden, table and barbecue.Suita  …see more

from $38 / night

$43 - $408 / week

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from $38 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Portugal Vacation villa rental

Albufeira / Sesmarias

2 5 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 mi
  • Swimming pool
Sleeps 4/5. 2 bedroom villa, private kidney shaped pool. Located on a plot of 4 acres with mature garden with plenty of shade from pine trees, hedged and walled for total privacy.BBQ and garden furniture. Shops, bars and restaurants are within walking distance.  …see more

from $61 / night

$424 - $1684 / week

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from $61 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Vacation studio in Portugal

Faro District / Faro

Studio 2 3 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 mi
  • Child friendly
Studio in the Centre of Faro, next to the historic old town and with bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. All main attractions, bus and ferry to the Island beaches, restaurants, mini market, train and bus station are within short walking distance. Ideal, to discover the town,  …see more

from $37 / night

$253 - $342 / week

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from $37 / night

(12) Very Good 

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Cottage rental in Portugal with golf nearby

Albufeira / Old Town Esplanade

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 mi
  • Car not necessary
Beautifully restored romantic authentic traditional 1 bedroom cottage with spectacular direct beach and sea views from the terrace overlooking the bay on the most sought after area on the esplanade in ALBUFEIRA OLD TOWN. CASA CANTORA offers guests the most perfect loca  …see more

from $38 / night

$263 - $700 / week

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from $38 / night

(6) Very Good 

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Vacation apartment in Algarve

Lagos / Meia Praia

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Meia Praia (trans: Big Beach) is situated on the Algarve adjacent to Lagos, the old Moorish capital of the Western Algarve. With a collosal 4 mile beach, it is 3 minutes from bustling Lagos and all its shopping and restaurants. This is a large airy modern Morrocan theme  …see more

from $100 / night

$500 - $1232 / week

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from $100 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Vacation apartment in Portugal

Olhao / Village Marina

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 mi
  • Swimming pool
A brand new 1 bedroom apartment, fully furnished, overlooking the lagoons and salt mines of Ria Formosa National Park, where you can see flamingos and other birds feeding on the salty waters. The apartment is on the 2nd floor, and has a spacious and sunny balcony with a  …see more

from $57 / night

$398 - $477 / week

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from $57 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Vacation villa with swimming pool in Portugal

Faro District / Tavira

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 mi
  • Swimming pool
Self catering 3-bed villa. Peaceful location nr Tavira, Portugal. Great views, full mod-cons, private pool.Casa Marta is a comfortable three double bedroom house, built in a simple Portuguese style. It boasts great views of the Atlantic and the nearby hills and  …see more

from $90 / night

$625 - $1500 / week

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(28) Excellent 

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Vacation apartment with shared pool, golf nearby in Portugal

Albufeira / Areias Sao Joao

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 mi
  • Swimming pool
AVAILABLE FOR LONG TERM WINTER BOOKINGS - contact us for rates. Excellent Location and beautifully presented apartment in Albufeira. We pride ourselves in keepng the apartment to a very high standard in order for our guests have a fantastic stay. (PLEASE READ OUR ONL  …see more

from $63 / night

$375 - $813 / week

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from $63 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Vacation villa rental

Albufeira / Balaia Golf Village

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 mi
  • Swimming pool
This lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa is located on the excellent Balaia Golf Village between Albufeira and Vilamoura. It is superbly located in the centre of the complex overlooking one of the pools with easy access to all the facilities but with plenty of space arou  …see more

from $38 / night

$263 - $1125 / week

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(4) Excellent 

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Studio rental in Portugal with swimming pool

Lagos / Porto de Mos

Studio 3 Min stay varies

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 mi
  • Swimming pool
Studio for up to 3 (pax), fully equipped with excellent balcony.The Studio is located in a quiet area with excellent garden, access to court-tennis, soccer field 5, playground, ping-pong and gym access.I have the baby nursery.Access to the beach of Porto de  …see more

from $32 / night

$212 - $636 / week

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from $32 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Algarve Vacation apartment rental

Tavira / Santa Maria, Tavira

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 mi
  • Child friendly
Tavira Antiqua Doma is the ideal holiday home for those wishing to stay in style and luxury in the very centre of the beautiful and historic coastal town of Tavira, Portugal. The apartment forms part of property is a beautifully restored traditional Portuguese house loc  …see more

from $94 / night

$688 - $1157 / week

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from $94 / night

(4) Excellent 

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Vacation cottage with swimming pool in Portugal

Setubal District / Pinhal Novo

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This delightful little house is set in the grounds of the main home of the Danish Family Jenson. The house consists of 1 double bedroom 1 small bedroom with bunk beds Shower room Kitchen Area In and outdoor dining area Lovely swimming pool and garden. Modern in its des  …see more

from $52 / night

$334 - $438 / week

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from $52 / night

(9) Very Good 

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Vacation villa in Portugal

Almancil / Fonte Algarve

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 mi
  • Swimming pool
This spacious villa has 2 double and 2 triple rooms, also 2 put up beds which can fit into one of the large bedrooms if required will easily sleep 10 people with the comfort of air-conditioning in hot summer days and central heating on the chilly off-season stays.  …see more

from $234 / night

$1388 - $3803 / week

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(19) Excellent 

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Portugal Vacation villa rental

Faro District / Vale do Lobo

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The villa is situated on 2000m cul de sac property on the famous Vale de Lobo Golf Course. Private driveway to main entrance. Hall with guest cloakroom and social bathroom. Lounge /dining area very spacious and bright(patio doors out to terrace and pool) with two amp  …see more

from $212 / night

$1325 - $3761 / week

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from $212 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Villa rental in Portugal with swimming pool

Santarem District / Santarem

4 9 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 50 mi
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This is a spacious and well appointed traditional Portuguese Villa in the country with its own private pool and pretty garden. The Villa enjoys a lot of space both inside and out with 4 bedrooms, sleeping 9 people in total. Bedrooms 1, 2 and 3 have a double bed in ea  …see more

from $57 / night

$398 - $874 / week

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from $57 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Vacation villa with swimming pool, golf nearby in Portugal

Portimao / Mexilhoeira Grande

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 12 mi
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
ABOUT THE VILLA: Inside.. 4 bedrooms, all en-suite. Large open hallway. Master bedroom on first floor has a large balcony overlooking pool and gardens with panoramic views. This room also has an adjoining double bathroom and a room with fireplace. A bright, spacious l  …see more

from $170 / night

$1187 - $1484 / week

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(12) Excellent 

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Vacation cottage accommodation

São Miguel / Sao Vicente Ferreira

3 9 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 mi
  • Child friendly
Casa de arquitectura vernacular do séc XVII, adaptada a pessoas com necessidades especiais rodeada por socalcos em pedra basáltica, onde era cultivada vinha. Dos socalcos vislumbram-se paisagens encantadoras de mar/montanha. Capacidade 4/9 pessoas. Servimo  …see more

from $53 / night

$371 - $1372 / week

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from $53 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Portugal with shared pool

Lagos / Marina

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 mi
  • Swimming pool
Apartment Punta Elena has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, private underground parking and children's and adult swimming pool. Apartment Punta Elena is part of the award winning "Marina De Lagos". Without doubt it is a premier locati  …see more

from $59 / night

$407 - $963 / week

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Villas and Apartments in Portugal

Why Portugal?

Few destinations have the fame and allure of the Algarve - the luxurious stretches of beaches and cliffs that span Portugal's south coast are simply stunning. But Portugal has more than a heavenly climate and breathtaking bays to offer the energetic traveller. Lisbon's blend of contemporary culture and rich history makes it a must-see. And if city life isn't for you, let sea breezes whisk you off to the subtropical island of Madeira.

Picking a holiday rental in Portugal is a breeze: would you like a pool, a sea view, or both? In the Algarve, villas predominate - finding a whole ‘casa' to call your own is easy if you prefer self-catering. If you'd rather immerse yourself in urban life, Portugal's city centres are packed with attractive apartments.

Porti-wow

Portimao, on the divide between the western and central Algarve, is your gateway to an unforgettable beach holiday. The Praia Da Rocha and Praia De Alvor are vast expanses of unspoilt white sand that slope gently towards warm, turquoise water. The beaches are so long that you won't have to fight for a spot.

The energetic sort will want to tour the Alvor Boardwalk - an incredible wooden walkway that will carry you through Portimao's wetlands (complete with wild flamingos) to where the Odiáxere estuary meets the sea, and then back along the beach for good measure.

Families in search of adventure would do well to leave the beach and step aboard the Santa Bernarda. This twin-masted pirate ship is the most exciting way to explore the many coves and caves of the coast.

Capital attractions

No matter how long you stay, Portugal's capital, Lisbon, will keep you entertained. An enormous central plaza lined with 18th-century buildings in classical style, the Praca do Comercio is an excellent starting point. You might need to sit down and recover after taking it all in! Luckily, the locals will be happy to serve you everything from coffee to fine Portuguese wines in the cafés and bars that surround the square.

On a cooler day, it's well worth climbing the Cristo Rei: an enormous statue of Christ across the river in Almada that gives unparalleled views across Lisbon and the Rio Tajo. From there, you can be sure you haven't missed anything.