|WHY PORTUGAL ?
Portugal is well known for its abundant sunshine with year-round temperate weather, a stunning coastline with golden sandy beaches, excellent golf facilities, delicious gastronomy and value for money wines, as well as its friendly people. It also has a long historic past and diverse culture with World Heritage Sites such as Évora and Elvas in the Alentejo, Sintra on the Lisbon Coast, the Mosteiro da Batalha and the Convento de Cristo on the Silver Coast, and the stunning Douro Valley topping the must-visit list. As a holiday destination Portugal, has won many awards in recent years such as Best Beach Destination, Best Golf Destination and Leading City Break Destination (Lisbon) amongst others.
There is no shortage of holiday rentals available through mainstream travel agents and tour operators, but it is local specialists like Almond Blossom Rental Villas who have the edge on local knowledge, and are therefore able to give you the best advice about where, why, and when to go.
|WHY AN ALMOND BLOSSOM HOLIDAY RENTAL?
There is no doubt that for a family or a group of friends (or even just for a couple), the price of a rental villa, cottage or apartment vacation adds up to considerably less than an hotel stay, as well as offering the benefit of more spacious accommodation, private grounds and swimming pools, plus flexibility on meals.
Our selected holiday rentals include private country estates (Portuguese Herdades and Quintas), luxury villas with pools and tennis courts, charming cottages and city centre apartments in Lisbon; with some very exclusive rentals listed under the Private Collection – ask us about it! The holiday rentals listed accommodate from 2 to 20+ guests and suit a range of budgets. They are inspected on a regular basis, are fully equipped and ready to move into, so that you can start enjoying your holiday as soon as you arrive.
Not only we get to pick out the best properties and locations, we also get to know each of our featured holiday homes really well, so we are able to offer a bespoke service and help you chose the right rental villa, cottage or apartment for a family and friends holiday, romantic getaway, city break, or corporate rental or film and advertising location.
And then we go about organizing all those little extras that can help make a villa holiday memorable (or cottage or apartment), such as a private chef for a special occasion, yoga classes at your property, one-to-one tennis coaching, or hassle free airport transfers.
Almond Blossom Rental Villas (rebranded from Amendoeiras em Flor) is managed by Mandy de Azevedo Coutinho and her small team and was established when she moved from London to Lisbon in 2003. Mandy has dual Portuguese and British nationality and her experience of leisure travel and how-to-go-about-things in Portugal, stems from over 25 years of working for a number of renowned international real estate companies, luxury tour operators and villa rental companies covering Southern Europe, including CV Villas (ex CV Travel) and Abercrombie & Kent Villas.
|THE LEGEND OF THE ALMOND BLOSSOM
A long, long time ago, Al-Gharb (Southern Portugal) was occupied by the Moors and its capital Chelb (now called Silves) was ruled by the powerful Ibne-Almundin. He had fought and won many battles but one day he fell in love with Gilda, a beautiful blue eyed blonde princess from the north, whose father had been defeated in battle by the Moorish ruler. Their love was mutual, and Chelb and its people celebrated the wedding with music, dancing and food for many days and nights. However, the beautiful princess grew sadder day by day, with the ruler unable to make her smile. He consulted magicians and wise men from all over the world, but none could find a cure for her sadness… Until one day a poet from a Northern country, also suffering from nostalgia for the snow of his homeland, suggested that the ruler planted almond trees all over his kingdom then wait for them to blossom… And so it was, that the beautiful princess of the North, woke up one day to see most of the Al-Gharb countryside, covered in fragile white Almond Blossom, resembling the snow of more northerly countries – these spectacular vistas still stun late winter/early spring visitors to Portugal!