Casa Picapau

Bordeira, Algarve

The Algarve’s west coast surfing beaches are a real draw & the house has been stylishly modernised. You’ll love sundowners on the terrace


3 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 5


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 will keep 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, but you’re met by Silvia, a local woman who speaks perfect English. You’re a 40-minute walk or a five-minute drive from a perfect sandy beach, the coastal path and Sagres peninsula are spectacular and busy but charming Lagos are all within touching distance. Wend your way up steep cobbled streets back home (no parking outside the house) for nightcaps and deep sleeps in comfy beds. 


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub 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 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €90
Weekly price
from €600
Damage deposit
Long stays in winter available, please enquire with owner.
1 House for 5
From €903 beds3 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Tina Whitfield

  • Bordeira is a small Português village with 37 year 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 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. The fish van turns up a little later.
  • Borderia is just 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 sundown
  • 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