Forte de Sao Joao da Barra, Algarve
|Sitio da Fortaleza, 8800-595, Cabanas de Tavira, Faro, Algarve, PORTUGAL.|
Description: Forte de Sao Joao da BarraForte De Sao Joao Da Barra boutique guest house enjoys what must be one of the most original and spectacular locations imaginable. Set in a 17th century fortress overlooking Ilha de Cabanas and the bay of Cadiz, it offers spectacular sea views in a secluded setting, surrounded by olive groves on three sides and the beach to the fore. Sympathetically restored to maintain the original character of this star-shaped fortress, traditional materials have been used to make this an environmentally-friendly but at the same time comfortable property.
Within easy reach of Cabanas and the beautiful, historic town of Tavira, Forte De Sao Joao Da Barra boutique guest house is also ideally located for exploring the rest of the Algarve. Guests also have an immense range of outdoor activities to choose from, including cycling and trekking, canoeing, kite-surfing, bird-watching and golf.
Offering comfortable accommodation in 10 rooms, Forte De Sao Joao Da Barra has used traditional materials to maintain a cool atmosphere as a natural alternative to air-conditioning. Many feature magnificent antique furniture, in keeping with the historic setting of the fortress.
Type of rooms: Forte de Sao Joao da BarraThe 10 rooms are divided into three distinct areas
Crescent, wane, half, full moon and eclipse.
Double rooms located in the old east-facing soldier's quarters, with a grass roof, they have vaulted brick ceilings and stone floors, always using traditional methods to maintain a cool atmosphere as an alternative to air conditioning.
Each room has en-suite stone paved bathroom and have under-floor heating in winter using solar energy.
Rising and setting.
Double rooms (double bed or twin beds) on the ground floor of the Governor's residence, facing north, with vaulted ceilings, stone/terracotta floors and a collection of pieces of antique furniture.
Stone paved en-suite bathrooms.
Windward, leeward and levant.
Double or triple rooms (double bed, twin beds, and an extra bed in the mezzanine).
These suites are installed in the old coach houses and in the former gunpowder store, and have vaulted ceilings and very generous proportions.
The suites are south-facing and have a living room with mezzanine and a fireplace as well as a stone paved en-suite bathroom.
Additional information: Forte de Sao Joao da Barra
Babysitters can be arranged by prior arrangement and with an extra cost.
Number of rooms: 10Smoking policy: Non-smoking rooms.
How to get here: On the main Algarve road (EN 125) between Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António, exit at Conceição de Tavira towards Cabanas (roundabout with a sculpture of a golf player).
Turn left by the sign indicating Monte Velho and Praia. Go straight ahead, pass on the left side of a road narrowing sign and after that, a sign indicating Barroca.
Continue straight on until you reach a farm gate. Go past it, turn right near the electricity pole on the right hand side of the road, reaching the portal of the fort 50 metres away.
GPS Coordinates: 37° 8' 20.20'' N 7° 35' 32.56'' W
Nearest airport: Faro Airport - 35.9km