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All of the holiday rentals in our Portugal collection have been personally visited and vetted. For more targeted results please enter your dates and requirements above or use the map on the left. Need a little inspiration? Below we've selected rentals by popular features.
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Villas With Private Pool

Hand-picked villas with their own private pool for that extra holiday treat. All of the villas in our collection are visited & vetted by at least one of the Alternative Portugal team. We've chosen destinations on the west coast of Portugal away from the crowded Algarve. Great beaches, authentic towns and resorts, wonderful cuisine and friendly people - in Real Portugal. Villa with a heated pool? A sea view? Perfect for young families? On a resort or complex? We can help - call one of the Alternative Portugal team for guidance.

Casa de Colinas Lagos Algarve Portugal A selection of Portugal villas with availability this July and/or August

Available July/August

Here's a selection of villas with private pools with summer school holiday dates available. Whether it's the authentic Silver Coast or off-the-beaten track in the western Algarve, we have villas available for your summer holiday!

Casa de Colinas Lagos Algarve Portugal Our Featured Portugal Villas & Holiday Rentals

Properties Of The Month

Each month one of the Alternative Portugal team chooses three of their favourite villas / apartments. The featured property might be new to our collection. It might have a particular feature to show-off such as a heated pool, sea views or short walk to the beach. Whatever the reason you can be sure of quality accommodation and a great location. This month's selection includes two modern villas in the Silver Coast resort of Foz do Arelho (approx 1h15m transfer from Lisbon airport): Villa Ocean enjoys stunning ocean views, a heated pool and you can to the beach & restaurants - that's a faily potent combination of benefits!; Casa dos Sonhos is one of the best value villas with pools in our collection with good availability for the summer school holidays. On the south west coast near the historic town of Lagos, Casa de Colinas is a beautiful 4 bedroom villa enjoying a very private location with stunning views.

Casal da Floresta Great value villas

Value villas

Private pool doesn't have to mean expensive - not with our choice of Best Value Villas In Portugal. This selection of villas with pools can all be rented for around (and sometimes less than) £2000/wk in peak season. Situated on the authentic and less-well-known Silver Coast, you'll find it's not just the accommodation that's better value but eating out too. We've visited & vetted all of the villas in our collection so give us a call for some advice...

Praia Del Rey Resort Portugal Praia D'El Rey Silver Coast Beach Resort

Praia D'El Rey Resort

There are hundreds of holiday complexes in Portugal but when it comes to the Silver Coast we think the Praia D'El Rey Beach Resort is right up there with the best. The beach-side location 75 minutes' transfer from Lisbon airportmakes it a convenient choice for short stays as well as longer breaks. There's a championship golf course to enjoy plus a choice of restaurants and a spa too. We can offer you a choice of apartments and townhouses at The Beachfront and Ocean Village, as well as a selection of 10+ independent villas with pools.

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Latest Offers

Here is a selection of latest offers available on Portugal holiday villas on the Silver Coast and Western Algarve.

Praia Del Rey less than 1km to the beach

Walk to beach

It's what the majority of clients ask/wish for - a holiday villa or apartment where you can walk to the beach! The rentals we've selected below are genuinely no more than 1 km to the beach and some are no more than a few steps! The west coast of Portugal offers some fantastic surfing beaches but there are also sandy beaches safe for young ones especially around the Obidos Lagoon and at Martinhal.

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Walk to restaurants

If you want the conveniece of walking to a selection of restaurants (or bars & cafes) - and leave the wheels at home - then try these rentals. Cascais, Sagres and Foz are all good options on the west coast of Portugal. At Martinhal near Sagres and Praia Del Rey near Peniche, there are restaurants on the resort. Call one of the Alternative Portugal team for advice...

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Heated pool

If you really want to enjoy a pool in the early/late season then we strongly recommend a heated one. These holiday rentals on the west coast of Portugal all enjoy the advantage of either a heated private or shared pool. Our collection includes villas on a resort with access to a heated shared pool - such as Martinhal Cascais and Martinhal Sagres - as well as some independent villas with a private heated pool. Call of one of the Alternative Portugal team for advice.

Teenager friendly Active and independent teenagers


Teenager-friendly Portugal is the perfect destination for active teens, particularly surfers. Many rentals also offer easy access to the beach, shops and cafes in a safe environment. Sagres in the south west Algarve is especially recommended - there are many surf schools and a variety of outdoor activities. The town has an informal, laid-back vibe with a few surf boutiques and several excellent cafes. Call one of the Alternative Portugal team for advice - we have teenagers too! 

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Toddler beach

The Atlantic west coast of Portugal is know for its wonderful surf but there are several protected beaches which are a haven for young children - and relaxing for the partents! In particular, we recommend the Obidos Lagoon at Foz do Arelho and Martinhal Cascais, both on the Silver Coast near Lisbon. In the western Algarve, Martinhal Sagres is the best family resort we've seen - as well as superb facilities on the resort, the local beach (just a short walk) is very child-friendly.

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For couples

Villas for 2 are hard to find but in our Silver Coast Portugal collection you will find some smaller villas as well as apartments perfect for couples. Our chosen destinations are the resorts of the Silver Coast including the western Algarve around Sagres. Enjoy your own little holiday pad with private outdoor space too. Contact us for advice...


Villa Jota Algarve Security for little ones

Fenced / covered pool

Looking for a villa in Portugal with fenced pool or pool with hard cover? Whilst it's not a legal requirement in Portugal, many parents of young children want to relax at their holiday villa safe in the knowledge that their swimming pool has a safety feature such as fencing or hard cover. We've visited & vetted all of the properties in our collection so please call us for advice.

football camp organised activities and child care

Kids' club

If you are looking for a villa complex or holiday resort in Portugal with a kids' club then you have found the right page. Both Martinhal Sagres in the western Algarve and Martinhal Cascais near Lisbon offer outstanding facilities for families so that kids are kepy active and happy whilst Mum & Dad can enjoy some downtime too. Praia Del Rey Beach Resort on the Silver Coast is another good option with summer kids clubs. We've visited every resort ourselves so just get in touch for some advice...


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Best quality

In this collection we've picked out some of the best quality villas in Portugal. The villas in our collection are to be found on the Silver Coast of Portugal away from the crowded and developed Algarve. Experience a bit of luxury in a contemporary villa with fabulous living space and outdoor areas for total relaxation.

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Authentic Portugal

Authentic Portugal Holidays can easily be found if you head for the Silver Coast or drive an hour west from Faro airport. Avoid the crowded Algarve and experience Real Portugal - authentic seaside resorts loved by the Portuguese. Rent your own villa with a pool or stay on a small complex with a shared pool. You'll never be far from a stunning beach. Call us for advice and speak to someone who's been there...

Tennis Family fun on the tennis court

Tennis court

Choose a holiday resort in Portugal with tennis courts. Whether it's a social game or joining tennis school, the resorts of Martinhal Sagres (western Algarve) and Praia D'El Rey (Silver Coast near Lisbon) have excellent facilities for guests. Rent a villa with its own pool, a villa sharing a pool or a holiday apartment.

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Sea view

Lots of people ask us for a holiday villa or apartment in Portugal with a sea view. We can help! In this collection all of the rentals have a genuine sea view - you can trust us because we've seen it! It's the perfect way to relax at any time of day, looking at over a beautiful blue ocean on Portugal's Silver Coast...


Martinhal family Our top property picks for families

For families

Our Portugal collection includes a range of family-friendly holiday destinations and rentals. If you're looking for a family-friendly resort with kids club, heated pool and other amenities then the Martinhal Resorts at Sagres (western Algarve) and Cascais (Silver coast near Lisbon) are hard to beat. Or, if you're searching for a smaller complex with a shared pool then Salema Beach Village and Sagres Time Apartments (western Algarve) are great choices or there's Praia Del Rey Beachfront too (Silver Coast near Lisbon). We can also guide you on choosing a family-friendly villa with a private pool - just get in touch for guidance!

Winter surfing in Sagres Portugal Apartment rentals for winter surfing holidays

Winter Surfing in Portugal

Try Sagres for your winter surfing trip in Portugal. Surfers looking to hone their skills will welcome the winter swells on offer in south west Portugal, particularly around the Sagres coastline. The ocean temperature is 16-17 degrees and there are over a dozen local beaches to try out. Sagres Time Apartments is the best place to stay and they'll do good discounts on longer stays. This laid-back town at the edge of Europe has a good bunch of cafes and restaurants too. 

Villa Coruja Burgau Portugal Holiday rentals with air-con


In fact the Silver (west) coast of Portugal does not suffer the oppressive heat of the Algarve and interior of the country. Temperatures are consistently in the mid-to-high 20's in the afternoons but with a pleasant, cooling breeze off the Atlantic Ocean, it does moderate the heat. As such, very few villa on the Silver Coast feature air-con. But, we know that some travellers to Portugal won't go without it so here are the villas that have air-con...

Golf Silver Coast Portugal Selection of villa rentals suitable for golfers

Best For Golfers

The Algarve has been a popular destination for golfers for many years but if you like to get away from the crowds and explore a more authentic golfing destination then the Silver Coast is a great choice. Just over 1 hour's drive from Lisbon, on the stunning Silver Coast, you will find a glorious cluster of championship golf courses - Praia Del Rey, West Cliffs, Royal Obidos and Bom Sucesso. Rent a villa or apartment with friends and enjoy not only fantastic golf but a holiday in real Portugal. We can cater for group sizes from 2 persons in a 1 bedroom apartment to groups of 10 in a large villa such as Casa Escarlate. Larger groups can be accommodated by renting multiple apartments/townhouses at Praia Del Rey.

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