Enjoying a handy location just 20 minutes from Faro Airport and ten minutes to some of the region's best beaches, Fonte Verde on the edge of a charming, traditional, yet well serviced village, is a great choice for a relaxing family break, especially in spring and autumn when temperatures are generally warm and dry.
This private development of just 37 contemporary town houses is well suited to little ones since it is safely enclosed and gated, boasts a dedicated toddler pool, along with the free-form main pool, and a friendly and incredibly competent on-site manager who can arrange babysitting, airport transfers, taxis, pre-arrival shop...ping and has enough baby and toddler gear to fit-out a small branch of Mothercare!
Our Two Bed homes are identical to our three and four bed homes. We have simply set them out as two-bedroom homes over two floors rather than three. There's no more to it than closing two bedroom doors on the lower level. We have priced accordingly to make it easier on smaller families. Our guests can expect everything in these houses that is provided in the other homes; Stair-gates and a host of extras as standard for those travelling with children, secure courtyard, gates between home and pool for safety, top-notch fit-out, brand new homes, and great vantage points over the pools. The lower prices for the two beds are available for one couple staying with children. There is a small supplement for a second couple.
We can accomodate further guests if necessary by making available a third bedroom. Please contact for details on that.
Our Morning Sun Homes are set behind electric gates with secure car parking. While children are resourceful, it would take a commando child to escape from Fonte Verde.
While the very same size as the other homes, have been set out in a more compact configuration.
There were two reasons for this;
* Guests with smaller families found that two spacious floors were more than adequate and to have the TV and entertainment area in the large open plan living level just worked better.
* Also, it facilitates a lower tier pricing arrangement. So for a couple with a small family, there’s a cheaper, but for all intents and purposes identical, home available.
Please note: If you find that you have a requirement for a third room, it’s possible.
Several of our “two-beds” can be converted to a three bed (or indeed four bed), with a huge third bedroom and separate bathroom. The supplement is €20 per extra guest per day, subject to a three day minimum.
Each of the town houses comes with its own safely enclosed balconies (lounge and both master bedrooms) and terraces, all of which have built-in BBQs and space to put out one of the handy paddling pools available on request and which allow parents the luxury of enjoying a quiet drink or book in the sun whilst junior splashes about at their feet. Inside, they boast spacious contemporary interiors with photographic prints of the locality and the wider Algarve on the walls, huge comfortable king-size double beds, travertine bathrooms with powerful showers and full-sized tubs and well-fitted kitchens complete with American-style fridge freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee-maker, juicer, toaster, microwave and full-size oven and hob. Blenders are available on request.
Aids to relaxation come in the form of air conditioning throughout, WiFi, cable TV or SKY TV (bring own card), flat screen TVs and DVD players.
Beyond the safely-gated private terraces, the communal courtyard houses pretty plants and space for toddlers to roam on ride-ons, a low-walled pool area with heated toddler splash pool and a large free-form main pool, with a gentle slope, which allows toddlers the security of being able to touch the floor when splashing about with grown-ups.
Please see floor plans in photos above for a breakdown of accommodation. Please note interior colour schemes may vary (but not a lot) and bear in mind that for the Bijou homes you wouldn’t be using the lower level unless you’ve a requirement to bring another guest.
Fonte Verde is set in central Algarve in an area popular with the Portuguese themselves ensuring the facilities in the area have remained traditional and authentic. The centre of Boliqueime village is a 10-minute walk away and, as well as being charming and picturesque, it boasts a bakery, bank (with ATM), handy pharmacy, coffee shops, mini-market, beauty salon, clinic, sports centre, all weather football pitch and numerous shops and restaurants. Each July it holds a fantastic Portuguese food festival in which guests can dine like royalty for under £10. The local restaurants and bars are cheaper (and arguably better) than those in the resorts and there are great walks in the local hills with amazing views.
The sophisticated resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo are close by and within 10 minutes drive are waterparks, great beaches, historic Loule, Algarve Shopping (Mall), Vilamoura Marina, Albufeira and numerous highly respected golf courses. Well worth a visit is the Zoomarine park in nearby Albufeira , perfect for all those Finding Nemo fans, little ones can explore a range of underwater habitats, watch dolphin shows, visit the 4D cinema or even swim and interact with the dolphins (pre-booking important for the dolphins- you could do it before you travel to Portugal). Other activities in the area include Krazyworld - a crazy golf, swimming and petting farm, a range of aqua parks and even a go karting site suitable for young children.
The Algarve region
Vilamoura is one of the most accessible resorts in Europe.
It's close to the airport, but also close to a huge amount of history, that's not often found in such a touristic location.
There is so much to do in the Algarve. Anything you can think of that can be done where there's beautiful weather is on offer. There's a lot more to it than the endless beaches, golf courses and night-life.
There's a load to see and do inland.
Within a 30 minute drive, it's like a time warp.
It can provide a really interesting glimpse of how life used to be.
The Algarve isn't just about July and August.
The cooler, quieter months are a great time to visit. Our favourite month is September.
There are some great carnivals in the Spring and Autumn and it's well worth checking out these events, and possibly organising a break to take these in.
Near Boliqueime is Loule train station. The train to Lisbon takes around 2 hours and it's a nice ride, with views of older parts of Portugal, cork forests etc.
This is a great location, just beside the resorts, but at just sufficient distance to have a flavour of the real Portugal.
Vilamoura & Boliqueime are 20 minutes from Faro airport, Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, and 10 minutes to all of the following;
Zoomarine marine park, waterparks, several beaches, historic Loule, Algarve Shopping, Vilamoura Marina, Albufeira, numerous golf courses...
Boliquieme has a fantastic food festival in July when you can dine like royalty for under a tenner. The local restaurants and bars are a fraction of the cost of those in the resorts and, there are great walks in the local hills with amazing views.
Additional amenities include: pool view, iron/board, suitable for children, hairdryer, coffeemaker.
Left on 05/04/2014 for a stay in April 2014 | Lucy
Very clean, quiet and safe. The manager was very helpful with giving information on the local area or if we needed anything during our stay. Will definitely be back!
Rufus Gerrard- Wright
Left on 07/03/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Rufus Gerrard- Wright
We found Fonte Verde through babyfriendlyboltholes.com but even that didn't make clear quite how good the set up is.
Booking was simple- although the babyfriendlyboltholes site wasn't great- and Ray was in touch immediately with request forms from everything to bottle sterilisers to bottles of wine in the fridge on arrival. He recommended a terrific car hire company, met us at the villa (at 10pm on a Sunday night) and he and his assistant Tadas made everything on the holiday run beautifully.
The villas are charming, well designed, and entirely safe for toddlers. The pools are lovely, the village and local restaurants very nice, and with a bit of advice, driving to a gorgeous local beach is easy.
We used a babysitter one night and ended up eating a lovely seafood meal in the village and playing pool in a bar off the town square. It was fantastic. And for about £1000 before flights etc, a complete bargain.
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