26 March 2015


FUSETA holiday home for rent

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - View from the terrace

Holiday Home | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - FUSETA from above

Key Info

Beach / lakeside relaxation

Suitable for children

Car not necessary

Some pets are welcome - please email us

Casa da Armanda is a beautiful holiday home situated right in the heart of the unspoiled fishing Village of Fuseta just 100 meters away from the lagoon and Atlantic Ocean over which it offers an incomparable view. The house has been renovated using original materials and has lots of charm and atmosphere in a still authentic and touristic little developed part of coastline of the Algarve. 

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - FUSETA from above

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent

This location is unique and rare to find: ideal for nature lovers, active holidays, for walkers and cyclists or families with children, who want to explore the unspoilt Algarve and want to experience true Portuguese life style.

With accommodation and living area over two floors and a fabulous sun terrace you cannot fail to have a wonderful relaxing holiday at this lovely house.

There are two very comfortable living rooms on the ground floor with flat screen Satellite television .  Also on the ground floor is a bathroom with a large shower area. There is a stunning marble staircase to the first level.

The house has a fully equipped kitchen, two living rooms, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The bedrooms are located on the first floor.

Up another level takes you to a secluded roof terrace table and chairs and another amazing view of Fuseta and the islands.

This house is the perfect choice all year round.

Size                   Sleeps up to 6, three bedrooms

Will consider       Long term lets (over 1 month), short breaks (1 - 4 days)

Access               Car not necessary

Family friendly    Suitable for children

Notes                 Some pets are allowed - please contact us, No smoking at this property please.

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - arrival at FUSETA island

Features and Facilities

Luxuries             Satellite TV, DVD player, Sea view

Standard            Kettle, Toaster, Iron

Utilities              Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing Machine

Rooms               3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

Furniture            Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4

Other                Linen provided, Towels provided

Outdoors            Balcony or terrace, BBQ
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25 March 2015


Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent

Fuseta (or FUZETA) is a small town, lively in the summer, near the lagoon “Ria Formosa”, which is the nature reserve of the Algarve.

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
You can walk from the old town to a small, gentle, sandy beach, which is especially suitable and safe for small children. During the summer season ferry boats take you to the island “Ilha da Armona”, to the wide Atlantic Ocean, or in the low season the Ria Taxi is available.

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - Ferry boat to Fuseta Island "ILHA DA ARMONA"

Fuseta has a lovely promenade, many simple and good restaurants and cafés, a market hall with fresh fish, vegetables and fruit, some supermarkets and a plethora of other shops. Near the harbour there is regular flea market and in the summer live bands are playing occasionally. A good place for relaxing or meeting people and getting out and about.
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - FUSETA Main Street

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - The harbour

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - Car boot sale every first Sunday of the month
If you want to limit your stay to Fuseta town, you do not need a rented car; even a train station is only a few steps from the old part of the town which takes you to Faro, the Capital of the Algarve or Vila Real de Santo António, near the Spanish border.
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - Train to/from Faro or Vila Real de Santo Antonio

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - Train stop 50 metres away from CASA DA ARMANDA
Fuseta has two beaches for you to choose from. 
The first is a small beach on the lagoon in the town itself. This Fuseta beach is very busy in the morning and late afternoon in August, but calm outside of this. When the tide is up it is great to swim. When the tide is down, you are reduced to paddling and exploring the shore. Families with toddlers will like it as being in the lagoon it is wave free and very safe.

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - Fuseta beach (inland)
Fuseta's other beach is just across the lagoon on Ilha da Armona. At high tide, you can also swim here on the lagoon side without waves. However, the 'real' Fuseta beach is the ocean side. Close to the landing pier, Fuseta beach is packed in high season. However, the beach extends left and right for miles, so those seeking some more peace and privacy can walk for five, ten, twenty minutes or more and find as much beach to themselves as they like. Walking left, it is about a twenty minute to half an hour walk (depending on how many shells you pick on the way) to the tip of the island, the 'Barra da Fuseta'. This is a dream beach landscape and well worthwhile for beach connoisseurs.
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - Fuseta beach (Island)
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - Fuseta beach (Island ferry terminal)
FUSETA Train Timetable.pdf

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24 March 2015


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Mainland Portugal is geographically located in Europe’s West Coast, on the Iberian Peninsula. It is bordered by Spain to the North and East and by the Atlantic Ocean to the West and South, therefore being in a geo strategic location between Europe, America and Africa.

In addition to the mainland, Portugal’s territory also includes the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira, two archipelagos located in the Atlantic Ocean.I

Portuguese borders have remained unchanged since the XIII Century, making Portugal one of the oldest countries in the world, with nearly 900 years of history that clearly demonstrates its strong identity and internal cohesion.

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Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - PORTUGAL in the map of the world

On mainland Portugal, the Tagus River, Portugal’s largest river, divides the high mountainous lands and plateaus of the North, from the low lying plains of the South. Also the flat coastal area contrasts with that of the inland. The highest peaks are found in a mountainous range in the centre of the country, of which Serra da Estrela is the highest with 1 991 m. On the archipelagos, Pico (2 351 m) is the highest peak in the Azores, while Pico Ruivo (1 862 m) is the highest peak in Madeira. The coast of mainland Portugal is mostly unbroken, except for two major estuaries (Tagus and Sado). There are also small bays (Peniche, Sines and Lagos) and lagoons (Vouga-Aveiro, Óbidos and Faro). Headlands are few in number, small in size but of great beauty: these include the Capes of Mondego, Carvoeiro, Roca, Espichel, Sines, S. Vicente and Santa Maria.

Portugal’s climate is well-known for its mild winters and pleasant summers. The wettest months are November and December, whilst the driest are from April to September.

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Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - PORTUGAL in the map of Europe

Population and language

Portugal’s population is estimated at 10.5 million, of which 51% are economically active. The demographic concentration is higher near the coastal areas, with Lisbon (the capital city) and Porto showing the highest population density.

The Portuguese language is spoken by more than 200 million people spread over all continents: Europe, Africa, America and Asia. This diversity greatly contributes to the strong historical and cultural ties that Portugal has with the world.

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - PORTUGAL

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23 March 2015


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Useful information

Time: Local time in Portugal is GMT (same as UK)

Currency: The euro (EUR, €) is the official currency. It is divided into 100 cents. Check the latest exchange rates here.

Electricity: Portugal uses an electrical current that is 220 volts, 50Hz. The country predominately uses round two-pin plugs.
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent

Safety Information: In the major tourist areas there is a risk of pick pocketing and petty theft.

Communications: The international access code for Portugal is +351. There are no area or city codes required. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (eg 0044 for the United Kingdom). Portugal is well covered by three GSM mobile phone networks. Internet cafes are available in most towns and resorts.

What is the weather like? There are really two climates in Portugal, the southern and warmer Mediterranean area, and the Northern Atlantic climate. Some visitors who expect extreme heat will be surprised that it is not as warm as countries farther south near the tropics. Summers usually hover around 30ºC (85ºF) and winters 10ºC (50ºF).

Embassy contact details

Portugal Embassies:
Washington, United States: +1 202 328 8610
London, United Kingdom: +44 (0)20 7235 5331
• Ottawa, Canada: +1 613 729 2922
• Canberra, Australia: +61 (0)2 6290 1733
• Pretoria, South Africa: +27 (0)12 341 2340/1/2
Dublin, Ireland: +353 (0)1 412 7040
• Wellington, New Zealand: +64 (0)4 382 76553

Foreign Embassies in Portugal:
United States Embassy, Lisbon: +351 21 727 3300
British Embassy, Lisbon: +351 21 392 4000
Canadian Embassy, Lisbon: +351 21 316 4600
Australian Embassy, Lisbon: +351 21 310 1500
South African Embassy, Lisbon: +351 21 319 2200
Irish Embassy, Lisbon: +351 21 392 9440
New Zealand Embassy, Paris, France (also responsible for Portugal): +33 1 4501 4343

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22 March 2015


Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent

In the second half of February it's time for the colourful carnival which takes place in several major cities all over Portugal. It is believed that the most beautiful celebrations are held in Loule (central Algarve) where a grand costume parade is organized. During the Loule Carnival special children processions are held and they make those days even more soulful. Huge puppets and caroches painted in all colours of the rainbow, graceful dancers in festive attire and clowns make the carnival entertainment in Loule one of the best in Portugal. Read tripadvisor reviews here.

Motorsport fans would be interested in visiting the Algarve, as throughout the year several major sporting events are held here. And in mid-summer the Europe's largest gathering of bikers takes place there in a very beautiful forested area close to Faro airport.

One of the largest events in the region is FATACIL Fair where both large industrial enterprises and local artisans take part. The Fair is held in the second half of August, and it usually lasts for 10 days; the permanent venue for the exhibition is Lagoa in western Algarve. FATACIL appeals not only to people who love shopping but also to those who enjoy exciting recreational activities. After appreciating the diversity of the  products in exhibition, visitors can go to music concerts, participate in interesting workshops or listen to informative lectures by leading specialists in various industries.

Medieval Days are rather new festivals and throughout the year they are held in many towns all over Portugal. One of these historical events takes place yearly in an ancient castle close to Castro Marim (close to the Spanish border). There you can see a lot of people in amazing historic attire and get acquainted with the unique culture of yesteryear.

21 March 2015


Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent

Portuguese food

Eating out in the Algarve is a delight. You'll find a wide selection of traditional Portuguese food and International cuisine here. They are plenty of restaurants to choose from, the Algarve being a popular tourist destination and also because of the local Algarve peoples’ love of food.

Traditional Portuguese restaurants tend to be relatively cheap by European standards, but if you want the best value for money, then you need to head inland a few miles away from the tourist areas. If you find a restaurant popular with the locals, then you’re definitely on to a winner. If you go there at lunchtime, do what the locals do and go for the dish of the day (Prato do Dia). You won’t go far wrong and you’ll also get a glass of Portuguese wine or beer thrown in for good measure..

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Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - Sardines, boiled potatoes, bread, olives and salad

Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent
Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - Sardines

For more international style cuisine, then the popular towns and resorts along the coast, are where you’ll find most of these. You’ll be able to get everything from Chinese, French, Mexican and Italian to the universally popular burger and chips.

Food is a very important element in Portuguese life. After kick-starting the day with a bread roll and a cup of coffee, everything starts gearing up towards lunch time. Lunch is an important meal. Staring round about noon, it is a relaxed affair often going on for two hours or more. No grabbing a quick sandwich from the supermarket in between phone calls here.

It is not surprising, therefore that the evening meal is served quite late, around 8pm. If you want to avoid the busy times at traditional Portuguese restaurants, then eat early.

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Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - Suckling pig

Portuguese food – a simple style of cooking with great ingredients

The flavours of Portuguese food are heavily influenced by the foods and spices that were introduced by explorers and invaders over the centuries. These include onions, garlic, figs, almonds and curry spices, cinnamon, paprika and the Brazilian spice peri-peri. The Moors introduced fruits such as oranges and lemons.

Using these ingredients, the seafood from coastal area and with their love of meat, the Portuguese have developed their own style of cooking. It is generally simple wholesome fare, using fresh ingredients and spiced in a subtle way, rather than being hot and fiery.

Portuguese food is not what you could call haute-cuisine, just simple and well prepared. Perhaps this is why you won’t find many Portuguese restaurants outside Portugal.

Because of their love of meat and seafood, vegetarians are not best catered for in the Algarve, despite the vegetables being incredibly tasty. This is changing slowly because of the influence of the tourist and international restaurants score better in this respect.

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Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - Cuttlefish

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20 March 2015


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Algarve Restaurants

Algarve restaurants serving traditional Portuguese food tend to be quite plain but rustic with none of the sophisticated surroundings associated with more up-market international ones. But that’s okay, as it is more in keeping with the food that they serve.

You’ll find that restaurant portion sizes can be quite generous. Great if you’ve got a large appetite, but don’t be afraid of asking for a half-portion (meia-dose) if you’re not that hungry.

Service in Algarve restaurants is not always the fastest, but you will find staff very friendly. They also love children, so no problems taking your little ones out to eat with you.

When it comes to the bill, a service charge is not usually included on the bill and tipping is at your discretion. If you do, then 10% is more than adequate, but anywhere from 5% upwards will do.

Be aware that many Algarve restaurants, even some of the bigger more popular ones, do not accept credit cards. Hard to believe in this day and age. So check with the restaurant before you sit down if this is your only form of payment. 
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19 March 2015


Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent

For a rather small region, less than 200 kilometres in length and 50 kilometres wide, the Algarve has a truly fascinating historic tale to tell.

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Between 700BC & 1086 the Algarve had been invaded by Celtic settlers, Romans, barbarian tribes from central Europe, Visigoths, Muslim Berbers & Arabs, known collectively as Moors and Almoravides of North Africa. It was only after King Afonso III of Portugal re-conquered the Algarve, or “al-Gharb” as it was coined by the Moors, that the Moorish rule ended and sovereignty was claimed by King João I after defending Portugal against a Castilian army.

One of King João’s sons, Prince Henry ‘theNavigator’ is famous for becoming the governor of the Algarve in 1418 and for his School of Navigation in Sagres, which delivered improvements in offshore navigation and led to the redesigning of the caravel to enable long ocean journeys. This period of sea voyage became known as the Portuguese Discoveries and the explorations led to the ‘discovery’ of Madeira, the Azores, Cape Verde, and West Africa as far as Sierra Leone.
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Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - HENRY The Navigator

History was again re-written in 1580 when King Philip II of Spain claimed the Portuguese throne and united the two kingdoms. The association with the Spanish led to attacks on the Algarve from Sir Francis Drake in 1587, during which the Prince Henry’s School of Navigation in Sagres was destroyed.

Portuguese retaliation against the Spanish rule in the 1600s restored Portuguese independence in 1640. This, however, was not the end of the troubles for Portugal or the Algarve. In 1755 Portugal was hit by an earthquake – Lisbon was destroyed along with much of the Algarve and Alentejo.

France then invaded under Napoleon, but was forced to withdraw when British troops helped out in the Peninsula War between 1808 & 1811. Although then stable from external attacks, internal conflicts in Portugal led to the assassination of King Carlos I and King Manuel II was forced to abdicate in 1910 during the Republican Revolution, which ultimately bought an end to the monarchy.

April 1974 was another important historic milestone for Portugal, when a group of radical army officers carried out a bloodless coup, known as the ‘Carnation Revolution’ because the soldiers carried flowers in their rifle barrels. The revolution ended 50 years of dictatorship and initiated a democratic constitution which led to victory for the Socialists with the government being led by Prime Minister Mário Soares. April 25th is now one of the major holidays in Portugal to remember 'Freedom Day'.
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Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - 25 April 1974 CARNATION REVOLUTION

In 1986 Portugal joined the European Union (EU) and Mário Soares became the first civilian President of Portugal. Soares held on to the presidency for 10 years, before retiring in 1996. Today the President of Portugal is Aníbal Cavaco Silva. Silva was the centre-right Prime Minister from 1985 to 1995, before winning the presidential poll in January 2006. He is the first centre-right President since the coup of 1974. Pedro Passos Coelho (of the Social Democratic Party) is the Prime Minister of Portugal today.
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Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - 1 January 1986 Portugal joins the EEC (now EU)

Although this is a rather brief glimpse of Portugal and Algarve history, we hope that it serves to intrigue you so you come and visit the Algarve to find out more about the history for yourself. The great thing about Algarve history is that there are still so many reminders present today: much of Lagos is still enclosed in the old town walls, there are impressive forts still guarding Sagres, Castro Marim and Lagos for example and the largest castle in the Algarve is to be found at Silves.

The importance of Henry the Navigator has been remembered over the years through the erection of statues, and his name is often incorporated into street names, and business names. For example in Praça Infante Dom Henrique, Lagos, there is a large bronze statue of him holding his sextant and gazing out to sea.
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Fuseta Holiday Home for Rent - Statue of HENRY The Navigator in Lagos
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