When you think about the Algarve your mind usually goes to the beautiful cliffs and beaches the region is most known for. But if you want to get a real feel of what Portugal is all about it’s definitely worth it to stay in the country side for a couple of days and surround yourself with peace & tranquility, orange & olive trees and farm animals!
The country house is located in Odiáxere about 15 minutes from Lagos. Driving over a country lane, passing fields with crops and hundreds of orange trees you’ll find the Quinta at the end of the road surrounded by hills and beautiful plants and flowers.
The house has around 12 rooms and all look different inside and outside as they are spread around the property. There’s a beautiful outdoor eating area for breakfasts and diner(during high season). I loved sitting there in the morning overlooking the beautiful quiet garden while eating my fresh and organic breakfast.
Around the house is a beautiful garden with a natural swimming pond with frogs and turtles, wooden stables with small animals like chickens and geese, a field with lots of orange trees and a veggie garden where they grow their own vegetables, fruits and herbs. The quinta, which is the Portugese word for farm, also has it’s own range of organic food products like jams and spreads and are homemade in their kitchen. I had a taste of the marmelade at breakfast and it was so good!
Since the quinta is close to Lagos lots activities are possible during your stay. You can book a boat or kayaking tour or drive to the beach in less than 15 minutes (my favorite beach to go to was Porto mos beach). Staying at the quinta will also provide lots of activities like fruit picking, natur trails and I’ve been told its even possible to go horse riding.
It was so nice to stay here for a couple of days after spending so much time at the beach. There is just something about the country side that is so stress free and peaceful. If you’re thinking about staying in rural Portugal for a few days I can highly recommend this place! Who knows you might even get the change to pick your own oranges. They taste the best straight from the tree 😉
See their website for more info: Quinta das Barradas