We spent a very enjoyable eight nights at John's villa outside Santa Catarina during the early part of Setember. The setting is absolutely serene with beautiful views over the countryside and the sea in the distance. It was lovely to relax around the pool and have the occasional swim. We also enjoyed a long walk over the countryside, which winds over gentle hills, past orchards and fig trees.
The villa itself was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. There was a good selection of food and drink basics waiting for us when we arrived, which was very welcome.
The location is a little way off the main road on a track. It was easy to drive into Tavira for restaurants and the supermarkets - Continente was our supermarket of choice. Restaurant Luis de Prego down the road in the village of Prego was particularly good as well, serving local specialities, excellent charcoal-grilled fish and good wine, all at very reasonable prices.
The location of the villa was well suited for exploring the eastern side of the Algarve. We particularly like Loule, Olhao and Fuseta. We also had a day trip to Ayamonte in Spain, crossing the Guadiana river by ferry from Villa Real de Santo Antonio.
All in all we thought the villa was excellent, and we would highly recommend it.
Kevin and June