Algarve vacation cottages, Portugal

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Responsible tourism: Algarve vacation cottages, Portugal

Environment

For those who decide to stay inland and stay here a the Algarve Vacation Cottages, on arrival you will be rewarded & surprised by our lofty setting as you eye wanders over the truly magnificent panoramic sea views, over the hills & down to the coast views from Faro through to Portimao over 60 kms of views, a view that is particularly entrancing at night & truly beautiful in the day. Being those few kilometres inland, here you will experience a little of the real Algarve, locals going about their business, tending their land, looking after their livestock which regularly go past our accommodations early morning & late afternoon, where neighbours wish to help with anything that is needed, where a community still actively exists, where traditional crafts are still performed in the old fashioned way as taught by their ancestors & the old fashioned way of purchasing by the exchange of produce or services for payment with each other is still of uttermost importance.

By staying at our Algarve vacation cottages we hope you will appreciate the beauty surrounding us, the beauty that brought us to the Algarve to start a new life here and that brings many of our guests back year after year after year, & also the kind natured locals where time seems to have stood still for some but this makes them even more endearing & beautiful. By not staying in the built up urban tourist coastal resorts where English traditions are prevalent, we can help the Algarvians & the Portuguese economy. The Algarve is not just sandy beaches & golf courses, there is far more to offer, the countryside, the nature that graces our gardens & local area, the tranquillity of the inner land, locals going about their business, going to work, shopping. We are so passionate about our local surrounding area & the wildlife that visits us every year that we have a bird watching tour for people to see the beautiful flora & fauna the Algarve has to offer.

For those who have attended our tour, they are amazed & always come back for more. The Algarve is a place where people live & work, not just for vacations. In all our accommodations we provide our guests with information regarding local shops, locally family-run restaurants, bars & shops. We also provide a guide to help guests find ceramics, copperware, leather etc, they make excellent souvenirs or gifts for family & friends & our accommodations have endless local artefacts enhancing our location & the history of the area. Our Algarve vacation cottages have solar panels that generate enough hot water for bathing & washing-up throughout pretty much the whole year.

Water is provided from a borehole & rain water is collected in a tank & reused for garden irrigation. We also ask our guests to be aware of the water shortage in the Algarve & use dirty washing up water & water the plants surrounding their accommodation. The recycling of building materials can be seen at the accommodations. Our pathways through our gardens have been made from local stone & rocks. Our perimeter walls, also local stone and rocks. We also employ local tradesmen to ensure that any building is made in a traditional way to stay in keeping so that we blend in with our environment. We have a marble terrace made from old marble from a fireplace absolutely nothing goes to waste.

We support local farmers by getting firewood for the wood burning stoves for our cooler winter months. We also support a local abandoned animal kennels all our blankets, towels, sheets etc that are no longer used are given to the kennels. When the interiors of the properties are upgraded, all the old furniture is given to a local charity where the proceeds are used to help the needy orphaned children & the elderly.

Community

Our promise to support the community is to promote awareness of our beautiful region to vacation makers & encourage them to see what the real Algarve is.

Life in the Algarve is not just about the beautiful blue flag beaches or world famous golf courses.

By not staying in the built up urban tourist coastal resorts where English traditions are prevalent, we can help the Algarvians & the Portuguese economy. The Algarve and Portugal is about hard working locals going about their business as they have done for centuries.

We actively recommend local family run restaurants to our guests, local potters, craftsmen etc all providing much needed income to the Portuguese economy. We also as a family run business when required employ only local tradesmen ensuring that our community is given every opportunity to reap the benefits and ensuring that our accommodations stay traditional and maintaining all its charm.

We support local farmers by getting firewood for the wood burning stoves for our cooler winter months. We also support a local abandoned animal kennels all our blankets, towels, sheets etc that are no longer used are given to the kennels. When the interiors of the properties are upgraded, all the old furniture is given to a local charity where the proceeds are used to help the needy orphaned children & the elderly.

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