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Benagil: The Hidden Gem of the Algarve Coast

If you’re looking for a truly unique and breathtaking vacation destination in Portugal, look no further than the small village of Benagil. Nestled on the southern coast of the Algarve, this charming village is home to one of the most beautiful and iconic beaches in the region: Praia de Benagil.

The beach itself is a natural wonder, with a large cave carved into the cliffs that opens up to a secluded sandy beach. The cave, known as Algar de Benagil, can only be accessed by boat or by swimming, making it a true hidden gem. The crystal clear waters and the natural light that enters the cave through a hole in the ceiling create a magical and mystical atmosphere.

But Benagil is more than just a beach. The village is surrounded by a beautiful countryside, with rolling hills and lush greenery. There are also a number of hiking and biking trails that offer stunning views of the coast. In the village itself, you’ll find a small but charming center with a few shops, bars, and restaurants serving traditional Portuguese cuisine.

At Bluespot, we are thrilled to now offer homes in the area, including the beachfront houses in Terraços de Benagil right near Praia de Benagil. Imagine waking up to the sound of waves and having the cave just steps away from your doorstep.

So why wait? Book your stay with us today and experience the beauty and charm of Benagil for yourself.

Upgrade Your Villa Experience: Introducing Private Chef Services from Private Chef Algarve

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Private Chef Algarve, a premier private chef service that specializes in creating bespoke dining experiences.

At Bluespot, we are always on the lookout for ways to enhance the luxury experience of our villa rentals, and Private Chef Algarve’s private dining service is the perfect addition. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want to indulge in a memorable meal, our private chefs will work with you to create a customized menu that perfectly suits your tastes and preferences.

With Private Chef Algarve, you can look forward to an evening of gourmet delights, expertly prepared and served in the comfort of your own villa. From exquisite appetizers to delicious entrees and heavenly desserts, our private chefs will take care of everything so that you can sit back, relax, and savor every mouthwatering bite.

Our private chefs are highly trained and experienced, and they are passionate about using only the freshest and finest ingredients to create their culinary masterpieces. And with a focus on local and seasonal produce, you can be sure that your meal will be both delicious and sustainable.

Best of all, our private dining service is completely customizable to your needs. Whether you’re hosting a large group or an intimate gathering, our private chefs will work with you to create the perfect dining experience. And with a variety of dining options, from multi-course meals to tapas-style dining or a casual BBQ, you can choose the perfect style to match your occasion and mood.

If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury experience, we highly recommend trying out our private dining service. To book a private chef for your villa rental, simply contact us and we’ll be happy to arrange everything for you. And if you want to give the gift of private dining to someone special, we also offer gift vouchers for our private chef service.

We are thrilled to introduce this new addition to our villa rental services, and we look forward to delivering an exceptional dining experience that our guests will cherish for a lifetime.

Introducing Bayline Beachfront: Exclusive Investment Opportunity Event

We are excited to announce that Bluespot will be organizing a special event for the future owners of the brand new Bayline Beachfront development in Armação de Pêra, Algarve.

This exclusive beachfront property offers a unique opportunity for investment, with a selection of sea view apartments located in the Lagoa dos Salgados and Praia Grande Bay area. The development includes 2 hectares of private gardens, indoor and outdoor pools, spa, gym, game fields, and private parking, as well as direct access to the beach.

But that’s not all. As a member of our holiday rental portfolio, the owners of these luxury properties will also have the opportunity to maximize their investment by renting out their apartments to vacationers from all over the world.

At our upcoming event, we’ll be sharing our expertise and knowledge on how to successfully manage a vacation rental property. From tips on marketing and advertising to information on local regulations and best practices, our team of experts will cover everything you need to know to make the most of your Bayline Beachfront investment.

The event will take place on 10th February 2023 in Armação de Pêra. We encourage all future owners to come and participate in this exciting opportunity to learn more about how to maximize their investment.

In addition to learning about vacation rental management, attendees will also have the chance to explore the beautiful town of Armação de Pêra, known for its rich history and traditions, delicious seafood, and proximity to world-class beaches and golf courses.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about how to make the most of your Bayline Beachfront investment. Register for the event today by registering on the form below. We look forward to seeing you there!

Casa da Rocha’s website is now live

The bluespot team has just launched the new website for Casa da Rocha. Check it out here.

Casa da Rocha is an incredible place to spend your holidays any time of the year. It features spectacular views over the cliffs out to the sea, only a 2 minute walk away from the secluded beach of Praia dos Beijinhos.
Five luxurious bedrooms with Savoir beds and a state of the art Gagenau kitchen .
Summer & Winter lounges, front garden and outdoor dining area with views out to the ocean .
The back garden is full of aromatic herbs & fruit trees.
Nearby you will find 5-star spa and Michelin star restaurants

Monsaraz

We recently took a trip further inland to Alentajo’s ‘village in the sky’, the beautiful medieval Monsaraz.

One of the oldest settlements in Portugal, Monsaraz was highly coveted in the early 1100’s for its priviledged location, perched atop a high hill with panoramic views. Over the years it saw several fierce battles and takeovers, but was eventually recovered in 1232 by King Sancho II with help from the Templar Knights, to whom he donated the village in gratitude.

Located near the Alqueva dam (and coincidentally the best place to view the dam from), Monsaraz feels other-worldly. Almost as though somebody has attached large balloons to the vast wall ringing the town and let it float away in to the open air. A stoic castle looms at one edge of the village, with closely packed streets spilling away from it over the undulating blanket of the hilltop.

While you’re there take some time to browse the artisan shops, and stop for a traditional Portuguese lunch in one of the handful of restaurants hidden among whitewashed buildings. 

Happy travels,

The bluespot team

Best Beach Destination in Europe

The Algarve

How about some good news to distract you from the current madness of the world?

For the 7th time in the last 10 years the Algarve has been awarded Europe’s Leading Beach Destination 2020, ahead of Mallorca, Sardinia and Cannes by the World Travel Awards! Even a year as challenging as 2020 hasn’t been able to compete with the Algarve’s beauty.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit this beautiful coast yet, get in touch with us. We’d love to help you discover what all the fuss is about.

Happy travels,

The bluespot team

Best things to do in the Algarve in Winter

Horse riding

Horse riding in the Algarve is a great way to spend a morning or a lazy afternoon, even if you’re a complete beginner. The weather is perfect and because it’s generally quieter, you can go for a relaxing evening stroll along the beach as the sun sets.

Water sports

Fortunately, water sports are always an option in the Algarve, no matter what time of year – the waves in winter are incredible for surfers, and you can’t beat paddle boarding as the sunsets when there’s no one else around. Grab a SUP board in Carvoeiro and explore the Algarvian coast and Benagil Caves.

Wine tours

There are plenty of quintas (farms) and adegas (wineries) offering superb wines in the South of Portugal – both in the Algarve and in Alentejo. Wine tours are a great way to explore the countryside in other areas like Lagoa and Silves and to try some Portuguese cheese and traditional cold meats!

Cycling

The Algarve is becoming one of Europe’s go-to spots for cycling with unbeatable weather conditions and diverse terrains suitable for both road and mountain bikes. With so many different trails you’ll want to spend the whole winter here exploring.

Golf

As you’ve probably heard, golf is one of the most popular sports in the Algarve, home to some of the best golf courses and resorts in Europe. We recommend enjoying some long shots with views to the sea and to the Ria Formosa.

Hiking the coastline

Two of the best hiking trails are Forte da Nossa Senhora da Rocha and the Seven Hanging Bridges. We recommend you take your time to fully appreciate the views as you walk along the coastline and stunning clifftops. Don’t forget to take a blanket and some snacks with you for a well-deserved picnic along the way.

Happy travels,

The bluespot team

Nossa Senhora da Rocha

Our Lady of the Rock

Nossa Senhora da Rocha is a must see in the Algarve, situated in the Porches area between Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra. This spectacular chapel was built back in the 16th century and it’s believed that it was originally enclosed by a fortress protected by a pit and drawbridge. Unfortunately an earthquake destroyed the fortress walls in 1755 but despite all odds the chapel still remains today.
You’ll find that the locals enjoy spending the last hours of their day here, chatting away with their fishing rods hanging over the headland, patiently waiting for a fish to bite. We highly recommend you head to this beautiful spot in the late afternoon, in time to watch the sunset. The panoramic views will take your breath away.
Be sure you venture down to the beaches on either side of the chapel too, they’re some of our favourites in the area. The easiest way to reach Nossa Senhora da Rocha is by car but by all means, if you’re feeling energetic and have the time, cycle or walk.
Happy travels,
The bluespot team

Portugal Grand Prix Formula 1

Here in the Algarve we are all very excited about the Formula 1 Grande Prémio de Portugal 2020 which will be taking place in the Autódromo do Algarve for the first time ever! The event is set to take place from the 23-25th October.

We’re preparing our villas for the coming weeks to make sure you have the perfect place to stay for this special occasion. If you would like more information about accommodation, transport and amenities in the area, get in touch with us. We’d love to help you.

Happy travels,

The bluespot team