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Alporchinhos Holiday Apartment KATES COTTAGES BARNA in Armacao de Pera, Faro

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sleeps 6
2 rooms
2 bathrooms

Key features

  • Beautiful location close to beaches
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioned
  • Choice of Swimming Pools
  • Linen & Towels included, also Beach Towels
  • No need for car
  • Large flat-screen TV & DVDs, books, games
  • Welcome Pack with water, tea, coffee, biscuits, milk & sugar

Alporchinhos Holiday Apartment KATES COTTAGES BARNA description

KATES COTTAGES BARNA Tel: 00353-87-9045135 bring you this sunny 'Moorish-style' apartment, with FREE Wi-FI, in a peaceful, yet prime seaside location near Armação de Pêra. From the 1st floor balcony, watch the sun set over the sea. Sleeps 4 +2. Large TV. Selection of DVDs/books. Ample parking. Beach towels included. 10 minute walk to 2 glorious beaches and cliffs of Sna da Rocha. Choice of 3 swimming pools! Tennis courts. Fabulous views!

Wander over to the swimming pool or sunbathe in the privacy of your own balcony. A short stroll takes you to a choice of beaches and dramatic cliff top walks. The Alporchinhos apartment has easy access to all amenities, including a well-stocked supermarket, and many excellent restaurants for eating out. 

Golf, swimming, scuba diving, fishing, horse riding and water parks are all within reach in this unspoilt area in the Central Algarve. Choice of swimming pools, tennis court, billiards, volleyball. Spectacular cliff walk to Armacao de Pera. The apartment is furnished to a high standard. Balcony offers stunning sea and countryside views, and is furnished with tables and chairs to enable you to dine al fresco.

FURTHER DETAILS INDOORS Both bedrooms have wardrobes, dressing tables, fans and bedside tables with lamps. Bathroom has shower (large shower-head, good pressure), bath and bidet. Well-equipped kitchen. Utility area is in a second covered balcony. A great feature is the open fireplace for cosy winter lets. Satellite Astra 1 and Astra 2. Free wi-fi. We also provide a selection of books, DVDs, jigsaws, ganes and playing cards. A Welcome Folder has lots of information about the surrounding area and activities, important phone numbers and so on. Double sofa-bed in the sitting-room. Newly fitted air-conditioning unit in main living area.

 Car parking at entrance to apartment (free). Choice of pools, including children's pool. Tennis courts and playground with swings and slide. Also bicycle rental.

We are happy to provide you with lots of 'inside' tips and information from car-hire to cycling to where-to-explore. As a couple one of us is Irish and the other Portuguese!. We are only a phone-call away! Or email us.

The Algarve is one of the world's most attractive holiday destinations. It is not over-developed and the coastline with its miles of golden beaches, dunes and coves enclosed by rocks and cliffs remains completely unspoiled. The region is brightly decorated with colorful towns and villages each with their own poplars or olives, oranges, lemons and blossom and fragrant pines groves.
Towards the hills there are terraces dotted with almond, carob and fig plantations. The Moors left a considerable legacy, which can still be seen today in the medinas, fortresses and mosques they left behind as well as being reflected in the traditional Algarvian architecture and the way of life of the people.
 The climate is one of the healthiest and most pleasant in the world, comparable with California!
- Zoo-Marine 10 min drive. 

- Slide and Splash Water Park, Aqua Land 10 min drive. 

- Albufeira 15 min drive.

- Vilamoura 20 minutes drive.

- Silves and its red fortress, historical town, 10 minutes drive.

- Carvoeiro 15 minutes drive.

- Lagos, historical town, with fabulous shops, market, bars, restaurants and the Marina is approx. 30 minutes by car.

- Portimao and its old town and port, 15km

- Monchique Mountain Spa and thermal waters 

- Cape of St Vincent with its imposing light-house (most southerly spot in Europe) 

- Sagres, the most south westerly point in Europe, is approx. 50 minutes by car and then make your way up to the deserted sandy beaches along the west coast.

- Lisbon. Look out for FADO music bars.

- Algarve Shopping in Guia with its twenty-two restaurants, a myriad of designer shops, bowling alley and multi screen cinema only 10 minutes away.
- Porches - a beautiful old village full of history and stunning local beaches, restaurants and bars. Known for pottery and ceramics you can visit the factories of artist's shops where you can purchase some of the attractive bright blue, green and turquoise pottery.

Armacao de Pera is a picturesque fishing village with cobbled streets, old church, good restaurants and night-life. And the longest beach in the Algarve! Take a walk over the beach and come in at the marshes: a bird-watchers paradise. There are wooden walkways over this eerie but beautiful and protected landscape. The tourist train (Comboio túristico) has 6 stops around Armacao de Pera and starts from the tourist information office near the old fort.

Armacao de Pera was named after the inland region of Pêra in Portugal, where the fishermen came down from originally and Armacao, which was a specially adapted boat, with a combined netting system, designed by the Moors. Today Armacao de Pera is a lively high-rise Algarve resort, which is very popular with Portuguese holidaymakers in the summer. It has everything you need for a lovely holiday - fantastic beach, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars. 

You are a 10-15 minute drive from many fine golf courses, including Salgados, the championship courses of Pestana Vale da Pinta, Gramacho, Vale de Milho and Silves.

FARO airport is the main airport for the Algarve. There are flights all year round from major airports in all countries in Europe. Car hire is available at the airport but it's best to compare prices and book in advance. We can email you detailed directions for driving from the airport.
You can also book a shuttle-bus or taxi direct to the apartment. The apartment owners can advise you of best websites to book through, based on their own experiences.

RATES per week:
January, Feb...... €350
March, April......... €395
July & August....... €775

September ...........€695
November, Dec.... €350

WIFI, GAS and WATER are included in the summer rates. ELECTRICITY is included up to an allowance of €10 per week, which should be sufficient if you are careful with the air-con. Units over the allowance are charged at cost, 20c.

The change-over day is flexible.

CONTACT: email Cathy at

Check out my great reviews on TripAdvisor:


  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony Terrace
  • Bars nearby
  • Barbeque
  • Bath towels included
  • Beach very close
  • Bike rental
  • Broadband Wi-Fi
  • Close to sea
  • Cot available
  • DVD
  • Dishwasher
  • Drying machine
  • Easy walking access
  • Family friendly
  • Fishing onsite / nearby
  • Fuel & power included
  • Games / Play facilities
  • Golf nearby
  • Horse riding
  • Internet access
  • Linen included
  • Microwave
  • Nature walks
  • Open all year
  • Open fire
  • Oven
  • Parking
  • Relaxation
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Satellite TV
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea view
  • Shops nearby
  • Short breaks
  • Shower
  • Shuttle
  • Swimming pool
  • TV
  • Tennis
  • Washing machine
  • Watersports

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Alicia R
March 2015
Just back form Armacao de Pera after spending five nights there with friends. Cathy was brilliant and there to met us on our first day. She was always just a phone call or text away if you needed her and she gave us some great recommendations for local restaurants and a great pub for a night out ( A Rampa in Porches three delicious courses for 12euro including wine! and AlPendre owned by Marianna and Adelino in Armacao) The Intermarche is only five minutes away and has everything you need for a self catering holiday. Beaches, cliffs and restaurants and everything else is nearby too. Lovely comfortable beds with plenty of linen, loads of fresh towels and beach towels, hot water and a great shower together with a great gas stove for cooking and a well equipped kitchen. We will definitely be back!
Nick C
July 2014
The apartment has everything one needs for a relaxing holiday and is fully appointed. There are fine pools nearby which the children loved. The beaches are great and not too far away. Plenty of good restaurants and things to do locally.
Sally C
August 2014
This apartment has plenty of extras such as beach towels, books, DVDs plus washing machine and dryer which meant we could travel with just hand luggage - a major bonus. It's walking distance to shops, restaurants and several good beaches so no need to hire a car, but if you want to get about (Vilamoura, Aqualand, golf etc.) you can hire one easily. All the local restaurants we tried were good; some offer a great value tourist menu (12.50 Euro for three courses plus wine) and the food is all fresh and generally charcoal grilled. Would recommend this for families.
March 2015
Management Response Feb 20, 2015 Thank you so much for the great review. I'm always trying to improve the apartment - today I bought a travel cot, a chess set and more stuff for the kitchen. I am also crocheting cushions for the sun-chairs! (Photos soon!) Cathy
Boy B
October 2015
We enjoyed our stay tremendously! The apartment is located in a quiet part of the town of Armacao de Pera, yet restaurants, beaches and a supermarket are close at hand. Amenities are at walking distance, as are the local beaches. Towns like Carvoeiro, Albufeira and Portimao can be reached within 30 minutes by car. Boattrips to the coastal caves, nice, secluded bays (Benagil), lots of activities to undertake. The weather in October was nice and warm, a great time to get away from the rain and cold in autumn in western Europe. The apartment itself has everything you can think of (see the owner's description), and more. A really nice balcony to enjoy your breakfast (or lunch, or dinner, or whatever): sun all day long. Even a spacious rooftop terrace is available. Good beds and a kitchen with all the equipment you might need, and a bathroom with a bath and a very good shower. We'd love to go back some time ...
Miriam Kinsella
July 2013
We've stayed in this apartment a couple of times now and it's in a very nice location. I love the Algarve and there are so many things to discover. The internet in the apartment is a great plus. It's well furnished and the owners provide a well-equipped kitchen, which is great for families as we liked to cook at home sometimes (small children!). The kids have great freedom here, great swimming pools, beaches, fun places to go (need a car, but taxis here are not bad). It was easy to go out in the evenings/night as kids can play on the street, safe, till quite late. They learned more Portuguese than us! The hotel nearby has a Karaoke night, Parrot shows etc for kids. Apartment owners really helpful.
Nick Chitty
July 2014
Great place to stay, the apartment has everything you need. Our children loved the swimming. There are lovely beaches nearby but you might fine it easier to get around if you have a car. We toured from one end of the Algarve to the other and proved it is a lovely place to stay. Good food, wine and the weather was superb. We would definitely visit again.
Marylène A
August 2016
"Super appart tout confort avec piscine extra" Séjour à 5 personnes dans un appartement fonctionnel. Une personne devant dormir dans le salon. Très bon accueil de Cathy très disponible avant le séjour pour fournir les éléments nécessaires. La residence possède une grande piscine dans laquelle on a bien profité, d'autant que nous y étions quasi tous seuls. Royal !. L'appartement est bien situé pour découvrir de nombreuses plages toutes différentes. De Faro à Lagos, les plages sont top. La residence est calme mais il faut absolument une voiture car un peu excentrée de la ville. La station balnéaire d'Almorcea n'a rien de particulier. Il faut bouger aux alentours. Je recommande assurément cette location.
martinmcilvenny Derry, United Kingdom
July 2016
"Excellent property and great location" Initial thoughts were that the apartment was a little removed from everything but once we got exploring this was not the case. Supermarket, beach and restaurants all within 10-15 minute walk and a little mini-market in the Quintinho Village complex just across the road. Armacao is a good 20-25 minute walk which our kids objected to but we fell in with a local taxi driver who took us in for 6 Euro and it is worth a couple of trips in to walk the promenade and visit the old town. Apartment was excellent and clean with all mod cons and breakfast/lunch on the balcony were essentials each day. The pool area was clean and well-kept and not too busy. Cathy was at the end of the mobile the whole time providing advice and useful info.!All in all I would highly recommend
A. Ripple
July 2016
"Lovely Appartment perfect for family holiday." We had a lovely week. Appartment perfect for a family of five and in a nice quiet area within walking distance of beaches restaurants and supermarket. Lovely pool area and we especially loved the roof terrace.
Kettering, United Kingdom
January 2016
"Great apartment in a lovey part of the Algarve" Just returned from two weeks' stay in this great apartment. It was very spacious for two of us and is very well kitted out with everything you could possibly need for a holiday. The kitchen has everything you could require, including a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. The apartment is bright and airy during the day and cosy once the sun goes down. We very much enjoyed sitting on the balcony with a glass of Vihno Verde watching the lovely sunsets. Being February, a lot of the restaurants were closed for the holidays, but even so, there were still plenty of places to eat and drink within walking distance. The coastline between Armacao de Pera and Cavoiero is probably the nicest part of the Algarve and we highly recommend walking the coastal path (sturdy shoes recommended!) to see the lovely beaches, some of which are only accessible by foot. Armacao de Pera is a lovely little town with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from and is approximately 20 minutes' walk from the apartment. This is an ideal base from which to explore the Algarve at its best.
L Harvey
July 2016
"Great apartment with nice pool and 10 minute walk from beautiful beach!" We spent 9 nights in this apartment - which is very well-equipped, clean and homely. It also has a lovely balcony with a sea view! There is use of several pools, all of which are nicely landscaped, clean and include a toddler pool for little ones. The local beach is beautiful, and only a 10 minute walk away.... However, the walk home takes a little longer as its up hill!! There are some lovely local restaurants and a well-stocked supermarket. The local water park (aqua land) was a huge hit with our children too (1 and 4). Cathy, the owner, is also very helpful and responds to emails very quickly.
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