Casa Picapau

Bordeira, Algarve
+44 (0)7794 353147

€100 - €190
per night
€700 - €1300
per week

The Algarve's west coast surfing beaches are a real draw & this house is stylish yet comfy. Enjoy a barbecue and sundowners on the terrace


3 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 5

Children welcome
Pets welcome

€100 - €190 per night

€700 - €1300 per week

The Experience

Perched on the edge of a tiny village (it has a permanent population of 37) with views over rooftops, flower-filled terraces and countryside beyond, you’ll get a true taste of Portuguese life here. The friendly local café keeps you well fed and the bread and fish vans visit daily but you’ll need to hop in the car for everything else.

Inside the house is beautifully light and airy with a pleasing mix of new and old: an ultra-modern kitchen, snazzy wood-burner, funky banisters mixed with reclaimed vintage furniture and original terracotta floor tiles. It’s a very clever modernisation of an old house; the English owners use it themselves so it has a homely feel. The master bedroom has its own terrace – lie in bed listening to the birds.

You’re a 40-minute walk or a five-minute drive from a perfect sandy beach, the coastal path and Sagres Peninsula are spectacular, the surf is out of this world, and buzzy Lagos is a half hour drive.

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We think you'll love

  • Going to Salema for white sands and porpoise spotting
  • Stocking up on fruit, honey, chorizo, cakes and much more at the market in Aljezur, open every Saturday
  • Watching the sun go down from the cliff tops above Amado beach
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You should know

  • Parking is in the village square, a five-minute walk away
  • There's a terrace outside but no garden as such
  • There's a single room downstairs, both doubles are upstairs


  • 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


Nightly price
from €100
Weekly price
from €700
1 House for 5
From €1003 beds3 bedrooms


Booking information

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Other details
Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants, 2-minute walk.


Congratulations on creating this charming home for guests to enjoy! This is an inviting spot for soaking up the simple pleasures of a quiet life on the Algarvian coast.

Natalia, Sawday's Inspector

This place is hard to beat. The owner Tina is incredibly attentive and what she has done to the house is just incredible. The whole place is just so lovely and every little detail is thought about. You have the most stunning views on the terrace and constant sunshine to enjoy from one of the many terraces. The village itself is lovely and quiet. You have endless beaches nearby to chose from and plenty of great restaurants, you will not run out of choice. What we loved most was the tranquillity of this place and it really allowed us to wind down after some busy times. We can't wait to go back.

Janne, London

Review is late in coming yet very enthusiastic. We stayed at Casa Picapau in September 2018. The house is stylish, modern and comfortable. I could live there all year! Tina has keen attention to detail for design and being the perfect host. The house is in a tiny beautiful village, 1 cafe for daily cafe and beer. Breakfast and evening drinks on the terrace daily...delightful! Sun sinking into the sea, watched from the dunes...breathtaking! Casa Picapau was comfortable & relaxing in a beautiful location. Tina's stylish home was relaxing and calm; caretaker helpful if we needed anything.

Fran, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

We had a very lovely, relaxing stay at Casa Picapau. In Mid November when Scotland shivered, we were walking in the sunny countryside of Portugal and even lounging on the nearby beach! The Casa is just delicious! So comfortable and tasteful! Sitting on the veranda sipping morning coffee as the sun rose over the hills was a perfect holiday memory! We slept so well in the perfect bedrooms and I thoroughly enjoyed cooking in the brilliant open plan kitchen. Silvia was so welcoming and the hosts had very thoughtfully provided very acceptable Portuguese wines, cheeses and coffee! Thank You!

Irene, Insch

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The neighbourhood

The coast along here is wild, with cliffs covered in scrub, backing creamy, wide sands. The waves are fierce and attract a surfer-dude crowd but if you don't fancy riding the swell there's superb walking along the coastal paths. Carrapateira (5km) has a couple of restaurants, bar and small shop. Vila do Bispo and Aljezur, both 18km, are bigger. You're on the hem of the South West Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park.

Local points of interest from Tina Whitfield

  • Bordeira is a small Português village with 37 inhabitants, a small cafe and a very cute church! The house has lovely views of the hills from its 3 terraces. You maybe lulled to sleep by the nightingale or the sound of the sea on a still night.
  • Every morning around 10am, the bread van turns up in the village square with amazing fresh bread - do as the locals do and while waiting for the bread, drink a small coffee in the cafe and catch up on the local gossip. Fresh local fish arrives around 11
  • Borderia is a few minutes drive away (or a 40 minute walk across the dunes) from the local beach which is miles Of gorgous sand and a great lagoon for little ones to splash in. Plus a beach bar selling cold beers, snacks and great cocktails at sundo
  • The wild coast of the west is perfect for walking, surfing, riding, trail biking or just being while - a short drive to the south coast will give you calmer seas, golf, water parks and bustling Lagos with its amazing Saturday fruit and vegetable market.
  • There are lots of places to eat simple well cooked food and great wines. Carrapateria just 4k away has a handful of restaurants - Sitio do Rio being our favorite. Everything is cooked on a wood fired grill and the Seabass is especially good.
  • If you head the other way to Aljezur then stop off at Monte Clerigo and go to Red’s for amazing home made cakes and O Sargo for Octopus and Mojito’s. Both are on the beach and great for watching the surfers drift by


Tina Whitfield

Tina and her husband fell in love with this corner of Portugal, Bordeira in particular, back in 2009. They bought a ruin with a view in 2014 and spent two years creating this lovely home where they live during the winter, spending summer in the UK. Tina organises all the bookings but you're met by Silvia, a local woman who speaks perfect English who's on hand if you need during your stay.