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5.0 / 5Exceptional
3 reviews


  • Kitchen
  • Air Conditioning
  • Washer
  • Dryer


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Alvor Boardwalk
    7 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Alvor Beach
    10 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Tres Irmaos Beach
    20 min walk
  • Airport
    Portimao (PRM)
    4 min drive

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  • Far From The Madding Crowdbut Not Quite.

    Room Amenities

    • 1000 sq ft
    • 2 bedrooms
    • 3 bathrooms
    • Sleeps 4
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About this area


Located in Portimao, this vacation home is on the waterfront. Slide and Splash Water Park is a popular attraction and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Rocha Beach and Meia Praia Beach. Mina Park and Lagos Zoo are also worth visiting. Our guests love the property's central and quiet location.

Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Alvor Boardwalk - 7 min walk
  • Alvor Beach - 10 min walk
  • Tres Irmaos Beach - 20 min walk
  • Vau Beach - 5 min drive
  • Rocha Beach - 7 min drive

Getting around

  • Portimao Station - 9 min drive
  • Faro (FAO-Faro Intl.) - 49 min drive

About this property

Far From The Madding Crowdbut Not Quite.

Riverfront vacation home with kitchen and balcony
Located right beside the marina / main restaurant area, Casa Clare offers four people comfortable, convenient home-from-home accommodation with its two bedrooms, traditional barbeque, large patio and roof terrace offering stunning views over the marina as far as Lagos. With a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild winters, summer temperatures are high, but moderated by the sea breeze. It is said that the Algarve has one of the best all year climates in Europe. Alvor, in the Western Algarve is testament to that! It is perfectly located, close to the sea and countryside it is the optimal destination for those seeking a versatile holiday. Alvor is a 50 minute drive from Faro airport. Village life is pleasant, you can wander to the market hall or bakery in the morning and buy your fresh fruit, fish and bread and spend your afternoons relaxing on the beach. For the more energetic there’s golf, horseback riding, water sports and a wide selection of excursions (land and sea, all available within 100 metres of Casa Clare). Steps immediately outside Casa Clare on Rua dos Pescadores lead down to the main restaurant area / marina. Alvor boasts 115 restaurants and Casa Clare is almost equidistant from the (current) top 4 on Trip Advisor. Our fully equipped kitchen will make home cooking a pleasure and should the weather warrant it, the dining suite in the living room provides for comfortable eating indoors This room also boasts two large Italian sofas with matching foot stools. The entertainment unit housing a 50” smart TV with Netflix and Chromecast, books and games and a stand-alone wood burning stove creates a cosy homely feel on the rare cool day or chilly night. Of course there is air-conditioning! There is hi speed wifi throughout the house and terraced areas. But who wants to be indoors? Eating out at home is such a joy…….the aromatic scent of fresh herbs, coupled with the sizzling sound of fresh fish or meat on the charcoal is mouth-watering at any time of day! Breakfast outside on the patio is extra special with cheerful birdsong and the faint sounds of the fishermen returning with their late night or early morning catch! There’s no need for a clock here, the local church bells ring in the hours and lively antics and calls of the seagulls announce mealtimes! Sundowners on the rooftop to the sound of the wind blowing through the rigging and halyards of sail boats in the marina, the fading light “through dark clouds a red rose peeping and an amber gleam*” eases the day into the night. (*Afanasy Afanasyevich Fet) The master bedroom to the rear of the property is en-suite (shower & toilet); it has air-conditioning, an electric fan and satellite TV. There is ample storage in the wardrobe, two bedside lockers and vanity unit. The second bedroom to the front of the house has twin beds, a large wardrobe, bedside lockers, vanity unit and under window storage There is an electric fan and a Windows 10 PC for guest use and a separate guest shower and toilet. All beds are made up with luxurious Egyptian cotton linen and Egyptian cotton guest towels are also provided. Both shower rooms have extractor systems and heated towel rails. Both bedrooms have hair dryers and hot & cold fans. There is a large safety deposit box (can hold 2 laptops) in the living room Suitability: Casa Clare is best suited for responsible adults due to the tiled and graded floors, multiple steps and a high terrace. It may not be suitable for the very elderly or infirm. It is not wheelchair friendly. Smoking is not permitted in the house and pets are not allowed. Casa Clare is on a pedestrian only street. There is free on-street parking in Alvor (50 to 100 metres from the property).
Air-conditioned accommodations at this vacation home offer DVD players and coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to balconies. Accommodations offer separate living rooms. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas. Bathrooms include showers and hair dryers.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Property manager

property manager

Zoe Giltrap MacCourt

Speaks English

Property amenities


Near the beach


Internet access

Parking and transportation

Onsite parking


Coffee/tea maker


2 bedrooms
Bed sheets provided


3 bathrooms
Shower only
Towels provided
Hair dryer

Living spaces

Living room
Dining room
Wood stove


TV with cable/satellite service
DVD player
Video library

Outdoor areas



Washing machine and dryer


Air conditioning


No pets allowed


Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

Near the ocean
On the river
On the waterfront

Things to do

Snorkeling nearby
Hiking/biking trails nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Windsurfing nearby
Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
Sailing nearby


Sleeps 4
Unit size: 1000 sq ft (93 sq m)



Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

  • Guests will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions.


  • Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.

Property payment types


Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
    Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.
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Property is also known as

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5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor

5/5 Excellent

    A lovely renovated fisherman’s cottage in the perfect location for all the facilities in Alvor.

    The property was very well equipped and as we were in the second month of a winter break the washing machine was well used! The earl part of our month was especially sunny and the roof terrace gave an opportunity for afternoon sunbathing out of any wind. Having the restaurants so close meant very little use made of the excellent kitchen facilities apart from breakfasts. Congratulations to the owners for every help given by way of information and advice - we really enjoyed our stay. Thank you Ejner Knudsen

    5/5 Excellent

      A little gem - our second stay

      The property is located in the village of Alvor on a quiet road off the main street of the town.Its location is perfect and quiet.On arrival we were met by hosts Neil and Helen who showed us around the property again. The welcome pack of water,wine,port and milk meant that no immediate shopping was required.The property is very well equipped, the best we have stayed .The outside space is private and the views over the estuary are stunning.If you are not familiar with Alvor and the Algarve, the owners have put together a fantastic welcome pack which is full of useful information. In addition the owners emailed us to recommend some alternative restaurants,which we appreciated and used!Our security deposit was back in our account without delay the following day after we had left the cottage. Highly recommended and hope to return for a third time in the future. Thank you Gervase and Zoe.

      5/5 Excellent

        Great location, terrific accommodation.

        Very clean, great location.

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