Casa Colina

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Closest restaurant: In walking distance
    Boliqueime for shops and restaurants: 4km (7 mins by car)
    Closest beach: Praia da Falésia: 7km (15mins by car)
  • Faro Airport (FAO): 25 km (25 mins by car)
    Lisbon Airport (LIS): 255km (2hs 20 mins by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Casa Colina

What is the story behind Casa Colina? How did it all start?

It was more or less a coincidence. We had a real estate project in Germany, an old building in Cologne, that we had our hearts set on. But at some point, it just fell through. I always had it in my mind to do something in the south, although my partner was originally against the idea. We looked at a few places — Sardinia, Ibiza — but there was never any spark. 

Then while we were in Namibia, we decided to have a look in Portugal (I’m Portuguese). In Portugal, I know the language and the formalities. But I also know that my father is always repairing properties and what it means in terms of work. 

We toured Portugal for three weeks, starting in Porto, and visited family in the north, then came back via the Algarve, Troia and Comporta to Lisbon. Our hearts got stuck in the Algarve where there was life, even in the winter. We liked that there were bigger cities, places like Portimaõ, Faro and Olhão. And it’s not called the Algarve (“Gateway to the sun”) for nothing, with 320 days of sunshine a year.

We found the house by chance on Facebook and flew straight down to view it on the weekend. It is very difficult to buy in Portugal — it’s hard to find a property and the Portuguese are tough sellers. We wanted to buy the land around Casa Colina, so we would have independence forever, but there were difficulties with the negotiations. 

The previous owners of Casa Colina were English, so the Portuguese touch was missing and we wanted to bring back that tradition. We liked the Santa Catarina tiles, which were already there — they were an eye-catcher for us. We felt that it had the potential to be renovated and modernised. The Casa Colina experiment was really very pleasant and although we are based in Germany, we found very good craftsmen with whom we worked well.

How would you describe the atmosphere in Casa Colina?

It’s an easy summer house, with lightness and colour. The materials are really beautiful and it’s designed so the doors can always be open in the summer months so you can live both inside and outside. 

Casa Colina is also a source of energy because it’s very quiet in the countryside and you don't have many neighbors around you. You can spend the whole day by the pool with a book and just let your soul dangle. 

Pool area
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Living area
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Dining area
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Kitchen
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Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
Bathroom
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Pool area
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Casa Colina rooms & rates

Casa Colina centres around an open-plan kitchen/living/dining area, with two bedrooms that lead off the living space, each with an ensuite bathroom. The house is designed in an L-shape, so you have a view looking south toward the garden and the pool, then out across the valley toward the sea. 

Surrounding the house are several terraces that we created. One side of the house was dug in at the back (this is quite common in Portugal) and we excavated it to create a huge terrace. It offers plenty of shade on summer mornings, making it ideal for breakfast, and it has improved the climate of the house. Outside is a saltwater swimming pool (4x8 metres), which isn’t heated. 

OVERVIEW

  • Bedroom 1: double bed plus extra single bed. Ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Bedroom 2: twin beds and ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower
  • Every room has air conditioning (warming and cooling system)
  • Fireplace in the living room
  • Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, with washbasins, walk-in showers, shower gel and shampoo and white towels
  • Several terraces. One with a hammock for a recommended siesta
  • Outdoor saltwater swimming pool and pool towels
  • Fully equipped modern kitchen
  • Laundry with washer/dryer
  • Private access and parking
  • Casa Colina for 4-5 people / 120 m²
    300 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 2 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates include towels and linen.
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome. A baby cot and high chair are available at a fixed rental price of EUR 50 per week each.
Minimum stay
6 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Babysitting on request
  • Music system
  • Iron & Board
  • Bicycles
  • Hair dryer

Casa Colina is self-catering, with the final cleaning included in the rates. If guests are staying more than five or six days, we do a change of linen and clean the bathrooms. We have fast internet and satellite TV, so you can watch French or German shows.

Things to do in Algarve & Boliqueime

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Wine tastings
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Boat trips

We are right in the middle of the Algarve and there is so much to do. You can go to the west coast, which is great for surfers, or head east towards Spain. There are all sorts of water sports on offer at the beach and you can often see dolphins (and sometimes even orcas). 

Away from the coastline, there are lots of nature hikes to do and you can go cliff jumping or just rent canoes to explore. We are keen golfers and one of the most well-known golf courses in the area is close by. It’s laid out on the cliff tops overlooking the sea. There are lots of wineries to visit and you can do olive oil tastings or experience the Easter procession in Loulé.

For guests who are staying longer, you could do a day trip to Seville, which is only 200 kilometres away. You can also go to the Alentejo, which is beautiful. There’s really something at all ends of the spectrum and for everyone, from individuals to families. 

The location of Casa Colina

Casa Colina is located in Boliqueime, which is in the middle of the Algarve. We are on the outskirts of the village and have a few neighbours but there’s only greenery and olive trees visible from the property. 

The house itself is six kilometres from the sea. Our closest beach is Praja da Falesia, which is around 10 minutes’ drive. Faro Airport is 25 minutes by taxi and Loulé is around 15 minutes away, with a big farmers market held here on Saturdays.

There are two big supermarkets in Boliqueime where you can go shopping, plus a large outlet centre a little further away. Our favourite restaurant is in Paderne, which is six kilometres away, or there is a restaurant within walking distance of Casa Colina. You could ride a bike around but there are lots of hills, so you really need a car to get around. 

When is the best time to visit Algarve?

December is always a beautiful month — we often walk around in shorts and t-shirts. Even at Christmas, you can still eat at the beach and dine outside — all the restaurants are still open. January, February and March are the most wintry months, then spring comes, which is really nice for golfers because it’s not that hot. 

Summer is great for beach holidays. In July and August, it can get as high as 35°C, although this is a rarity. It usually fluctuates between 28°C and 34°C. Due to the Atlantic Ocean, it is always temperate. It's never too hot and never too cold.