Casa do Cerro

Luz de Tavira, Algarve
+351 963 345637

Close to Atlantic beaches and Moorish Tavira, a traditional summer home next to the peaceful shore front of the Ria Formosa


4 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Enjoy dinner on the terrace overlooking the estuary, where fishing boats bob and sea breezes soothe. This characterful old summer house, perched on a ‘cerro’ in the Formosa Natural Park, is beautifully positioned, with pine trees on the south side and serene views ahead.

Inside is traditional, comfortable and cosy. There’s a sitting room that’s perfect for rainy days, restful bedrooms above, and an apartment on the ground floor with views of the Algarvian Serra. Splash in the pool, bask on the roof terrace and nod off in the hammock.

You can walk to Pinheiro’s sea front (400m) and stop off for lunch: there’s a much-loved family restaurant. Or follow the cycle path to Santa Luzia (2.5km) where a small ferry brings you to Terra Estreit’s white sands and small bar. Your main town is charming Tavira, a ten-minute drive.

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We think you'll love

  • The elevated position and the view of the salt marshes
  • Having easy access to beaches, cycle paths and nature
  • With its nooks, crannies and turret, this is a characterful house
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You should know

  • There are other summer houses close by
  • Bathrooms and kitchens have seen better days
  • Lots of steps inside and out


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 400m.


Nightly price
from €125
Weekly price
from €870
Sofabed available.
1 House for 8
From €1254 beds4 bedrooms


A traditional summer holiday home right next to the shore front and with access to some of the longest and deserted Atlantic beaches of the Algarve. I liked the timeless feel of the place, and its position overlooking the salt marshes. Sort of holiday home one could relax in and while away the long hot days, with a nice off shore breeze in the hammock under the large and majestic pine tree.

Carlos, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

What is unique to the area are the protected salt marshes and sand islands of Fomosa where you can spot dolphins and flamingoes, and bathe (safely) in the Atlantic. From Pedras del Rey there’s a small floating bridge (and, in summer, an old fishermen's train) to the beautiful Barril Beach. Tavira (7km) is great to wander around and awash with good places to eat. For night life head west, to the old ports of Fuzeta (11km) and Olhão (27km).

Local points of interest from Tamar Welti

  • The Ria Formosa Natural Park is of particular wetland importance to bird life: as a breeding ground for many species, as a wintering ground for many birds from northern Europe, as a resting and feeding station for birds migrating between Africa and Europe.
  • The beaches are fantastic both for bathers in the summer and for walkers in the winter. The salt marshes and tidal flats will thrill bird watchers with the many species of waders, waterfowl and sea birds. For nature lovers, artists, photographers.
  • In Winter, there is the chance to see Bluethroats, Spoonbill, and most spectacularly Greater Flamingo.In Summer, you have the chance of seeing European Bee-Eaters, Golden Oriels, European Rollers, Woodchat Shrikes and Red-Necked Nightjars.
  • And all year round you can see such exotic birds as White Storks, Black-Winged Stilts, Avocets, Hoopoes, Azure-Winged Magpies, Sardinian Warblers and Common Waxbills. It is also the only place in the Europe you stand the chance to see a Purple Galinule -
  • Luz de Tavira is a small village with a few shops and cafes and an almost oversized church with an elaborate Manueline door on the south side of the church. In front of the church is the central square where there are often craft markets and flea markets.
  • Walk some metres downhill to the shore of the lagoon of the Ria Formosa and onto the Algarve Ecovia, the footpath and cycle path that extends parallel to and along the coast.Fishing and small pleasure boats explore the estuary and offer dolphin trips


Tamar Welti

The lets for this house are organised by Tamar Welti, owner of a Sawday’s Special Place near Santa Luzia: Quintamar. Her agency staff will meet and greet so you are guaranteed an excellent service.