Casa Picapau

Bordeira, Algarve
+44 (0)7794 353147

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

Children welcome
Pets welcome

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 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. 


  • 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
  • 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 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 €80
Weekly price
from €560
Damage deposit
Long stays in winter available, please enquire with owner.
1 House for 5
From €803 beds3 bedrooms


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

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 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