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A colourful hilltop coastal farmhouse, in Costa Vicentina National Park and surrounded on all sides by beautiful rolling hills, with awesome views of the ocean and just minutes away from the sensational beaches of the wild west coast.
Two of the best surfing beaches are in the immediate vicinity, and we can organise surf lessons for all ages (from 10 upwards) and levels of ability.
For years, Henrique Balsemão travelled the world as a producer of his own TV show. However, the more he travelled, the more he was certain that the most beautiful region that he had ever seen, and the place where he wanted to live, was the southwest coast of Portugal, where he spent some of the best times in his life, surfing. Now we can all share his dream at Monte Velho!
Located up a dirt track, 2km off the main road, the single-storey hotel is comfortable but simple and very laid back. The atmosphere is fabulously relaxed and informal. The bedrooms are all colourful and cosy, each with their own terrace, hammock and a day bed. Perfect for relaxing and admiring the views. A good breakfast is served on the delightful shaded terrace, and whilst there is no restaurant, Henrique can recommend local places for other meals.
You’re in the middle of nowhere, where south-western Europe sinks into the Atlantic. You’ll find the odd village, but that’s about it: no resorts, no development, just mile after mile of forested ridge. Staggering beaches combine with dunes, cliffs and caves to offer a sense of real wilderness. Small colonies of surfers hang out in the water and ride the waves, so join them or watch with awe.
If you'd like to join them but need a few lessons first, we can fix up an instructor, a board and a wetsuit for you and / or your children. For other exercise and entertainment options, there are some great walking and biking trails running in all directions from Monte Velho.
Other options nearby
If you like the idea of combining yoga and surfing, take a look at Paradis Plage on Morocco's Atlantic coast, just north of Agadir. A great year-round destination.
There are 12 suites - all which are simple and bright, with vibrant colours and teracotta-brick floors. (A lovely hippy-vibe!) Features include:
Food & Drink
Buffet breakfast is served on the terrace when the weather is good (which is most of the time!) There is also a fridge for guests to chill soft drinks or wine, bottle openers and glasses are provided, but other than that, guests are left to their own devices!
Bazaar Cafe - Open 6 days a week (closed in low season) serving snacks, lunches or light meals. A buffet dinner is also put on twice a week at the cafe.
Spa & Treatments
Massages can be arranged in one of the resort's two Moroccan tents: head, neck, back, shoulder. The other tent is a small boutique clothes and trinkets shop.
Monte Velho welcomes children of all ages. It's a great place to stay for kids, with donkeys on the doorstep, a large garden, and beaches nearby.
90km west of Faro in Southern Portugal. It takes just over an hour from Faro airport to the venue and transfers can be organised for you. Alternatively, it would be a great place to hire a car.
Things to do at Monte Velho include: