Discover a different Algarve

Discover the fishing traditions of Olhão, the rich Tavira architecture, and Ria Formosa, one of Portugal’s best preserved natural parks. The Ria Formosa lagoon landscape stretches along the Eastern Algarve coast from Faro to the village of Cacela Velha near Tavira. Created in 1755 by the last great oceanic earthquake, its sand dunes, islands and bars to the open sea are continously shaped by tidal changes. Many archeological sites show the remains of Roman and Pre-Roman settlements.

Algarve Car Hire Ria FormosaSince the mid-eighties, the Ria Formosa has been a nature reserve, where sea water birds find protected breeding places and many fish species of the Northern Atlantic as well as other marine organisms reproduce.

Besides salt harvesting, productive activities in this protected area are shellfish farming and small-scale fishing. The excellent water quality, without detectable contamination by industrial effluents, sewage dumping, agricultural and radioactive pollutants, favours the traditional gathering of seasalt.

Your stay at Vila Monte:

Algarve´s best kept secret ...
Vila Monte is located in the rural Algarve, ten minutes away from the beach and 35km from Spain. Surrounded by lush gardens, Vila Monte offers an exotic atmosphere inspired in the memories left centuries ago by the moors in the Algarve.

Sleep peacefully within a garden
The rooms and suites are located in villas with different atmospheres: The charm of the Andalusian orange grove that protects the suites of the Orangerie, the peace of the Riad and its inner courtyard, the privacy of Villa Indigo, the exotic Kasbah wing. Experiencing Vila Monte is living the outdoors under the century old trees or on a terrace overlooking the sea.

An Exotic Spa
Hidden in the Vila Monte garden, the Kasbah Spa invites guests to a pampering experience in an atmosphere of floral scents, exotic massages and relaxing treatments for mind and body. The spa offers a true cocoon for the senses, with several massage rooms, an arab bath and a hamman. The luring fragrance of mint tea will be a permanent companion in this haven of peace and tranquillity.

A cuisine of Algarvian products
Vila Monte’s restaurant, Orangerie, offers a cuisine based on Algarvian products, from honey produced on the Monchique hills to the fish brought from the market of Olhão. We also use ingredients organically grown on the estate, namely citrus fruits, figs, almonds and fresh herbs.

Extras activities during your stay at Vila Monte:

Ria Formosa tours:
Guided tours in one of the Wonders of Portugal, the Ria Formosa.

Come see the diversity of birds inhabiting the Park of Ria Formosa and the coast of Eastern Algarve.

Proudly and being pioneers in this
activity Eastern Algarve, with our experience, along with our success rate
we will take you to know the the real world of dolphins

Sport fishing:
Come learn the tricks of fishing with traditional fishermen.


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