Facilities and activities
Casa Serena Algarve villas provide you with a superb location in which to maximise your holidays in Portugal....
Whether you want a totally relaxing experience or
a more active holiday, Casa Serena holiday villa on Praia Verde provides a great base from which to maximise your holiday experience:
Every type is available - from small coves to wide-open
spaces. Casa Serena is located only a few hundred metres
from the wide-open blue-flag beach of Praia Verde, with a path leading straight down. The whole beach area is very much orientated towards families and is a very safe, clean environment with ample space, even in peak times, for sunbathing, swimming and playing with the kids!
There is an excellent
beach-side restaurant, Pezinhos N'areia, for drinks, lunch,
snacks or evening dinner - great for watching the sun go down with an ice cold glass of
the local vinho verde (young 'green' wine).
Pezinhos N'areia - Link to Beachside Restaurant
Excellent restaurants abound in the Algarve, both
in the towns and nearby villages and along the coast road. Choose
from the local 'black' wild pork, cataplana (seafood stew)
or fresh fish and you won't be disappointed. There are several good
restaurants only ˝ kilometer from Praia Verde - L'Infante being
one with charming staff and a great menu.
The Western Algarve is famous for its excellent golf
facilities and the Eastern Algarve is no exception. There are five first-class courses all within easy reach of Praia Verde:
- Benamor - 18 holes, Par 71, 5,500m designed by Sir Henry Cotton and is situated near Conceiçao just off the N125 (go to www.golfbenamor.com)
- Colina Verde - 9 holes, Par 28, 1,145m is situated between Olhão and Tavira
- Quinta da Ria -18 holes, Par 72, 6,016m designed by Rocky Roquemore and situated near Vila Nova de Cacela just off the N125
- Quinta da Cima - 18 holes, Par 72, 6,256m new sister course to the Quinta da Ria and is located next door!
- Castro Marim - 18 holes, Par 71, 5,265m designed by Terry Murray and situated near the historic castle town of Castro Marim
For more details of the above courses go to Algarve Golf Courses website.
In the western Algarve there are the more famous golf courses, such as Villamoura, which hosted the World Cup in November 2005, but they are more expensive than the courses in the eastern Algarve. For a summary of latest green fees go to:
Just 10 minutes away from Praia Verde is an IAAF certified sports centre used extensively by top athletes and coaches. Situated in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, the stadium is a preparation centre for the Olympic Games, accredited by the Olympic Committee of Portugal. It was also an official training centre for Euro 2004
and the official holding camp for the GBR Team prior to the 1999 World Championship in Seville.
The stadium has a synthetic athletics track, excellent throwing and jumping facilities, two gymnasiums, indoor sports hall, video room,
lawn football pitches, weight lifting room, medical centre, 8500m of pinewood tracks which includes a 2300m cross country trail and facilities for basketball, handball, roller blades and tennis.
Top athletes that have trained there include Steve Backley, Darren Campbell, Dwain Chambers, Cathy Freeman,
Dean Macey, Fiona May,
and many more.
Both Vila Real de Santo Antonio and Tavira are real-life
small towns with shops for everyday items - some excellent bargains
are to be had in household linens - towels, bed linen and table
linen. Along the coast road and inland, fantastic local pottery
is available. The beach resorts of Monte Gordo and Altura provide
holiday shopping with gifts, clothes, shoes and beach equipment.
There are many other activities open to the more adventurous
- from walking, riding, cycling, sailing and surfing - all within
easy access from Praia Verde.