Portugal

Villa Plus has over 200 villas to rent across a range of resorts, so whether you’re looking for a centrally located property or a countryside rental, we can help you find it! Our villas are made for alfresco living, with private pools, BBQs and outdoor dining areas. Most of our pools are heated, so you can even take a dip when it’s a little chillier. We cater for many different group sizes, too, with villas ranging from 2 to 8 bedrooms.

The chic resorts of Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Lago and Vilamoura are perfect for a sophisticated villa holiday. All three of these elegant, upmarket resorts are a golfer’s paradise, with several courses in the vicinity. A visit to the largest marina in Portugal, in Vilamoura, is a must. It’s full of glamorous yachts, casino, bars and restaurants, not to mention sports facilities if you fancy getting active. After which, you can head back to the comfort of your air­conditioned villa to relax by the private pool.

For those seeking a lively villa holiday, book a villa getaway to Praia d’Oura. Most of our rentals here are located within walking distance of the famous Praia d’Oura Strip (renowned for its bars, clubs and restaurants) and the beach is not far away either. The popular neighbouring resort of Allbufeira is a little more traditional, perfect for a family villa holiday with its fantastic sandy beach and nearby amenities.

If you are looking for a beach villa to rent, then we can tick this box too. Why not book a holiday in Gale, with its 2 Blue Flag beaches? Or, check out our sea-view properties in Sao Rafael, Castelo and Albufeira, where you can laze by your own private pool whilst admiring the scenery! Villa holidays in Carvoeiro revolve around the beaches and coves which are set against dramatic cliff backdrops. Rentals here are well located for day trips to the picturesque fishing village of Ferragudo, too, which still retains traditional Portuguese ways of life.

We have a handful of villas in Luz and Lagos to the west, both of which are very family orientated with glorious beaches. Why not enjoy a bite to eat and a quiet drink at the marina as the sun sets on Lagos? A villa holiday in the Algarve countryside has the benefit of larger gardens for the clhildren to play in, as well as a more tranquil setting for relaxing by your private pool. You can still keep in touch with the outside world, too, as most of our villas have Wi-Fi included!

A villa holiday offers flexibility, and in the Algarve, you will never be far away from family attractions and places to visit. Let the children enjoy the thrills and spills of the Zoomarine theme park and aquarium, or the range of water sports available on many of the beaches. There is really something for everyone in this part of Portugal.

The 3 most Instagrammable destinations in Europe

The 3 most Instagrammable destinations in Europe

Are you an Instagram lover deciding where to book your next villa holiday? Look no further than our top three most photogenic destinations in Europe. Rent a holiday villa at one of these Insta-worthy locations and you’ll get incredible #nofilter ...

On the Gourmet Trail. Algarve: Piri Piri Chicken

On the Gourmet Trail. Algarve: Piri Piri Chicken

As part of our On The Gourmet Trail campaign, we are taking the most popular and traditional dishes from our fantastic holiday destinations and showing you how to create them on the BBQ at your villa or in your kitchen back home. Here is a recipe ...

Floral Themed Villas

Floral Themed Villas

To celebrate the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 we decided to dig out some of our floral inspired villas and share a bunch of our favourites with you.   Villa Poppy, Polis, Cyprus Situated in a fantastic central location, just 900 yds from the ...

Eat Like a Local in Portugal with Kinloch Lodge Cookery School

Portugal’s cuisine draws in both Atlantic and Mediterranean influences, stewing them together into flavours renowned worldwide. As part of our Eat Like a Local series, we decided to get to know Portugal’s food a little better, drafting in a ...

Eat Like a Local in Portugal with ESFW

Eat Like a Local in Portugal with ESFW

We’re all about exploring foreign countries and indulging in worldly cuisines. There’s no better way to get to know a destination than through its food, learning how to really Eat Like a Local and maybe even picking up a few cooking tips while you ...

Eat Like a Local in Portugal with Billingsgate Seafood Training School

Eat Like a Local in Portugal with Billingsgate Seafood Training School

Portugal and fine cuisine go hand in hand. When you’re visiting sun-kissed regions like the Algarve, you’re immediately struck by the range of dishes on offer – think Atlantic seafood and marinated meats, with a whole dose of Mediterranean ...

Eat Like a Local in Portugal with The Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School

Eat Like a Local in Portugal with The Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School

Portugal isn’t just golden sands and stunning Algarve coastlines – it’s also home to heavenly cuisine renowned across the globe. We’re all about immersing ourselves in foreign cultures and trying new recipes, so we’ve decided to focus on Portugal ...

Portugal: mountain biking routes for adventurous holiday makers

Portugal: mountain biking routes for adventurous holiday makers

Sun, sea, sand, and a whole new world of culture and cuisine – Portugal certainly has a lot going for it. Many people dream of jetting off to the Portuguese coast to sunbathe and sip cocktails, and really, who can blame them? But it’s also a ...

Good snorkelling holidays for villa-loving travellers

Good snorkelling holidays for villa-loving travellers

Holiday rentals provide the perfect basecamp for snorkelling getaways. Hiring a villa gives you the freedom to prepare your own packed lunches and dinners, and you’ll have plenty of room to store your snorkels, flippers and wetsuits. Image by, ...

5 of the best beach holidays for families in Europe

5 of the best beach holidays for families in Europe

Europe is blessed with many of the world’s most stunning coastal destinations. Take advantage of shorter flights and jet off to explore the best of them with your loved ones. Here’s the continent’s five best beach holidays, made for families who ...

Two easy Portuguese pork chop recipes to make in your villa

Two easy Portuguese pork chop recipes to make in your villa

Few places do pork chops like Portugal. If you’re thinking of taking a self catering getaway, or are just wanting to whip up a few holiday meals of your own, consider opting for a self-catering villa. Having your own space gives you the freedom to ...

Best drinks for your self-catering holiday to the Algarve

Best drinks for your self-catering holiday to the Algarve

A huge advantage of self-catering holidays is that you can get a real taste of local culinary offerings. And this is just as true with local drinks as local cuisine. Take a trip to a nearby shop or market and see what delicious tipples you can find ...

Your guide to the Algarve

Your guide to the Algarve

The southern Portuguese region of the Algarve is one of Europe’s most glittering jewels. Despite remaining unspoiled by mass tourism, the region is awash with first-rate facilities and tourist amenities. It’s clear why millions of holidaymakers ...

Algarve self-catering: recipe for Clams in a Cataplana Casa Velha

Algarve self-catering: recipe for Clams in a Cataplana Casa Velha

Self-catering doesn’t mean skimping on luxury, and it means you get to try out the best local cuisine. To make sure you enjoy the full flavour of the Algarve while in a holiday let, here’s a delicious recipe that you need to try if you take a ...

The Algarve- more than just great beaches!

The Algarve- more than just great beaches!

Of course, no trip to the Algarve would be complete without exploring the stunning sandy beaches that this destination has to offer. The shorelines are certainly sun drenched and hard to resist! Ranging from the expansive sands of Fisherman’s Beach ...

Ask The Experts – Tricia, Algarve Resort Manager

Ask The Experts – Tricia, Algarve Resort Manager

Meet Tricia, our overseas manager in The Algarve. With a wealth of travel and tourism knowledge we thought we’d ask her some questions and share them with you… Hi Tricia, you’re originally from Southern Ireland but you moved to Bognor ...