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Villas in Portugal

Picturesque Portugal is an eclectic mix of bustling resorts, unlimited leisure facilities, stunning scenery and fascinating history and culture. Made up of five regions and two islands, take your pick between dreamy coastal resorts or rural retreats. A Portugal villa holiday gives you the opportunity to lay on the beaches of the Algarve, sip the local wine of Douro Valley, or explore the emerald forests on the idyllic island of Madeira.

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Portugal - An Exciting Blend of Country & Coast

You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice with our villas in Portugal. The amazing Algarve on the south coast is the perfect place for holidays in the sun, enjoying its beautiful golden beaches, golf courses and entertainment. Stunning Silver Coast villa holidays give you the chance to absorb and authentic, rich culture, just a stone’s throw from Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. Enjoy the area's gorgeous landscapes, or spend relaxing days on the white-sand beaches of the Atlantic coast.

Further north, the breathtakingly picturesque Douro Valley wine region offers truly relaxing holidays with charming Portugal villas set in a peaceful, rural setting, close to the wonderful second city of Porto, or why not explore the dramatic coastline, lush pine forests and mountains of the gorgeous Costa Verde..

  • Your Portugal Villa Holiday

    With a villa holiday in Portugal you can enjoy all the space and comfort of your own private accommodation, with the freedom to explore the fantastic local beaches, Portugal’s beautiful countryside and its vibrant resorts.

    Add even more indulgence to your villa holiday and enjoy a luxury villa stay in the Algarve or the Lisbon Coast. Enjoy the warm Portuguese sun as you dive into your villa’s private pool for a morning swim, sunbathe in your villa’s garden and dine al fresco from the peace and privacy of your own terrace.

    Enjoy the option of self-catering in Portugal – there are local markets to explore and harbours to buy freshly caught fish and seafood, so you can serve up a feast to your friends and family at dinner.

  • About Portugal

    Located in southwest Europe, Portugal is a country with a long, diverse and fascinating history, with its cosmopolitan culture shaped by those who have settled in the country over its thousands of years of colonisation. You’ll notice these influences everywhere, from the food, architecture and even in the landscape of the towns and cities you visit.

    Portugal is made up of five main regions, as well as the two islands of Madeira and Azores. Our villas are located right across Portugal, giving you the chance to lounge on the beautiful beaches of the Algarve, sip the famed local wine of Douro Valley or explore the emerald forests and the tropical landscapes of the island of Madeira.

  • When to go to Portugal

    During your villa holiday you should expect to enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with warm summers and mild winters.

    Between June and September is the best time to take advantage of the idyllic weather, with temperatures reaching up to 30°c as you wander along the golden beaches and unwind beside your villa's private pool.

    Keen hikers will enjoy the country’s wonderful trails from October to March, when you’ll be able to take in the beautiful views of Portugal’s snow-capped mountains. Not only that, but the temperature in Portugal can still reach up to 18°c during the autumn and winter months, making it the perfect place to escape the cold back home.

  • Cultural Highlights

    In addition to the wonderful beaches and scenic landscape, Portugal has an endless list of things for you to see and do during your James Villa holiday. The Alto Douro wine region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site - a place where wine has been produced for well over 2,000 years. Explore the nearby towns that have flourished in this region, watch and learn the process of wine making, explore the vineyards and terraces - and of course, try a tipple.

    Another cultural highlight is the Palácio Nacional da Pena - a beautiful palace in the town of Sintra along the Lisbon Coast, nestled on a hilltop. With a pastel yellow, pink and red exterior this standout piece of architecture is sure to catch your eye and win your heart. The lavishly detailed stone carvings outside the building are complemented by the palace’s surrounding gardens - Pena Park - which includes exotic trees from around the world, ordered by a past king.

  • Portugal Holidays - Points of Interest

    • Sample the local cuisine. A great little afternoon treat is a freshly ground coffee and a Pastéis de Nata. These rich and sweet egg custard tarts are the perfect local delicacy for those of you with a sweet-tooth.
    • For spectacular views of the city of Lisbon and beyond, ride the Elevador de Santa Justa - a gothic tower and piece of architectural history that connects the lower and upper levels of the city.
    • If you’ve booked your villa holiday in Portugal for spring, then make sure you don’t miss the annual Flower Festival in Funchal in Madeira. People dress themselves in floral outfits, with hats made of yellow sunflowers and dresses decorated with pink roses.
    • For a real Portuguese treat, spend a morning at the Feira de Barcelos market in Minho in the scenic Costa Verde. There you can buy freshly baked bread, local vegetables and fruit, as well as handcrafted pottery.
    • Everyone knows the Algarve is great for beaches, but Praia de Albandeira is the perfect setting for those of you wanting to unwind. Tucked away in a rocky alcove, this beach is a little-known treat for those who find it.
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Let's face it, when it comes to reviews you want to hear from straight from the holidaymaker's mouth! They're the ones who've been there, done that and swam in their own private pool. That's why we use independent review service Reevoo – giving you the good and the bad from genuine James Villas' customers. Honesty is the best policy after all…

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Sights / Places to go
8.3
Night life
7.3
Overall rating
8.8
Scores 8.8 out of 10 based on 1373 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
9 out of 10

Alison

Family (the eldest child is at school)
+
Loved Villamoura
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 18 July 2019
Published on: 19 July 2019

Algarve

8 out of 10

Genevieve

Family with older children
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Carveoiero had a good mixture of restaurants and bars and felt very safe. We enjoyed the evening entertainment in the square. The boardwalk was great and we enjoyed exploring the different beaches and villages near by.
The hills, if you are unfit or have a disability at all access from the villa to the town would be a problem on foot.
Confirmed stay: 18 July 2019
Published on: 19 July 2019

Algarve

9 out of 10

Anne

Essex Couple
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Not far from airport about 20 mins,so getting to the villa is quick and easy. Even though we were close to the airport we couldn't hear planes coming over when we were relaxing by the pool.Close to several towns eg Loule, Vilamoura and Faro which had lovely bars and restaurants.
Borderia was very small.You could walk there from the villa but the road was very busy so we chose not to.Putting toilet paper in a bin I found very off putting,that's why we stopped going to Greece.The locals driving is mad, so just let them pass.
Confirmed stay: 18 July 2019
Published on: 19 July 2019

Algarve

10 out of 10

Harjinder

Wolverhampton Couple
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We know the area so love the quietness.
If you have teens would need to go into albufeira for entertainment and nightlife.
Confirmed stay: 18 July 2019
Published on: 19 July 2019

Algarve

7 out of 10

Julie

Kirknewton Family (the eldest child is at school)
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The villa had plenty of space and the pool was great. We really enjoyed our first visit to the Algarve, the temperature was great, not too hot and a nice breeze.
Location of the villa wasn’t the best due to noise as mentioned previously.
Confirmed stay: 18 July 2019
Published on: 19 July 2019

Algarve

10 out of 10

Sarah

Reading My partner and my
+
Great restaurants in easy reach. Great food. Also great location to easily drive to other major sightseeing areas.
Alburferia. Not our sort of place.
Confirmed stay: 16 July 2019
Published on: 17 July 2019

Algarve

7 out of 10

Claire

Calheta Family with adult children
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The Villa was definitely the focal point of this stay.
Very little to do on the whole of the Island if you are after just a relaxing Villa week then it’s a great choice but if you want to go out and explore and have a lot of restaurants choices then it would not be a place I would recommend
Confirmed stay: 15 July 2019
Published on: 16 July 2019

Madeira

8 out of 10

Graham

Cambridge Couple
+
Lovely restaurants and views
Motorway tolls mount up over the holidays
Confirmed stay: 15 July 2019
Published on: 16 July 2019

Algarve

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