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Just a few short years ago Pedralva was a ramshackle village full of derelict houses and one small pizzeria catering to the local surfing community. Then in 2008 along came Antonio Ferreira, an Algarvean advertising exec looking to develop a property in this beautiful unspoilt corner of the Algarve, the Natural Park of Costa Vicentina.
Two years later Ferreira and a couple of equally visionary colleagues had bought more than 30 houses from more than 200 individuals, and after another two years had rebuilt the village as an extremely good value and elegant whitewashed hotel with a difference.
Every individual house has completely different specifications - some with children's rooms in the eaves, some with private patios - has between one and three rooms, is named after one of the glorious local beaches. The emphasis throughout is on simple but tasteful decor.
An all pervasive sense of community spirit is enhanced by the presence of the village shop where self-catering guests can buy produce straight from the vegetable garden. There is also a communal barbeque. For guests looking to eat out, the onsite and charming Sitio de Padralva serves local specialities and Pizza Pazza also remains from the old days, still full of surfers now joined by couples and families staying in the village.
The village is also perfectly located in the National Park for walking and riding excursions on the many trails, but most guests will find them irresistibly drawn to the beautiful beaches of the region, in particular Amado, a superb surfing beach that's ideal for beginners and pros alike and less than ten minutes up the road.
Why we love it
It would be difficult to find a more relaxed, friendly place to stay. The owners had an admirable vision and have pulled it off beautifully. Great value, perfect for families, and in a truly lovely area. What's not to like?
Victoria, Original Traveller