Casa Arte is a beautiful villa rental for sunny holidays with friends and family located on two hectares of private land and minutes away from deserted beaches on the Algarve.
A rural yet contemporary retreat where sustainable design and architecture meets organic food in an oasis of nature splendour
You are in the middle of the incredibly beautiful and unspoiled Ria Formosa National Park.
You are just 50m from the sea and almost all rooms have sea view.
This is the most beautiful part of the Algarve with fewer tourists and an incredible landscape.
You need a car to explore the other parts of the Algarve but there are bikes (subject to availability) and an eco-trail to the village with connections by train in Fuseta.
How would you describe Casa Modesta in a nutshell?
Casa Modesta is a former family home on the Portuguese Algarve. The house’s traditional architecture was reinterpreted in a modern way and recently turned into a small luxury hotel with nine individual suites.
What was your inspiration to turn Casa Modesta into a hotel?
The idea behind opening Casa Modesta as a boutique hotel was to share our experiences and the love for this house. Through its visitors the house and our memories of it are being reawakened and our sense of family is renewed with every guest who comes to stay with us.
How would you describe the architecture?
While restructuring the house we respected the original architecture and design of Casa Modesta and decided to only work with local artisan’s materials. The outcome really is a project of my sister’s traditional constructive knowledge and architectural culture.
What has been the biggest reward about opening the hotel?
The hospitality part of it — keeping in contact with our guests is the most important thing. Like having dinner with our wonderful guests in our house, that's really rewarding.
There are two buildings, one with four rooms on the first floor and a common patio, and one room in the back of the building, and the other building with four rooms as well. There are a total of nine suites with private bathrooms and terraces divided up into three types of rooms: the standard room, larger rooms, and two rooms with bathtubs. All rooms but one have sea views.
These suites feature a double bedroom, a bathroom with shower and a balcony or terrace with beautiful views of the sea.
These suites feature a double bedroom, a separate bathroom with a shower, and a private terrace with views of the sea and the garden.
These suites feature a double bedroom, a dining area, a separate bathroom with shower and a balcony or terrace with beautiful views of the sea.
As far as our facilities go, we have a pool for guests to enjoy, bicycles are included in the room rates, and there are boat trips available. The atmosphere at the hotel is about offering a sense of local culture to our holiday guests. All the materials and foods are sourced locally and we even have our own small organic vegetable garden. We offer home-style cooking, which is prepared for the guests but we also do show cooking where guests can participate.
We recommend going to Olhão and visiting the markets there on Saturdays. The local community producers sell their fares between the market and the river, which is wonderful to experience. The old part of Olhão is also very beautiful to explore and we like to recommend taking a boat trip to one of the local islands, Ilha da Armona, Ilha da Culatra or Ilha do Farol. There are also many restaurants within walking distance that have delicious seafood dishes.
There are eco trails close by the hotel, which are perfect for beautiful walks or bike trips. Some of our guests like to go bird watching in the park and take boat trips. There is also a Ria Formosa lagoon beach, which is about 500 meters long, but the best beaches are on the islands, which are only a six-minute boat ride away.
Casa Modesta is almost at the southernmost point of Portugal in the Eastern Algarve, between Faro and Fuseta. Lisbon can be reached in less than three hours and it only takes one hour to get to Spain. The house is right in the centre of Ria Formosa Natural Park and only 50 meters from the sea.
This is the real Algarve with mild climate all year round, views over the blue ocean, golden sand beaches and a never-ending sky with incredible light.
I really enjoy being able to show our guests part of the local culture and its people. Staying here is not for everyone, Casa Modesta is in a remote location and rather quiet. There is no city nearby, only smaller markets. It is a tranquil and relaxed atmosphere for families and couples to enjoy. In my opinion, this peace and quiet is an extremely luxurious commodity, which cannot be found in too many locations around the world.
In my opinion, the best months to visit and stay at the hotel are from March to June and between September and November. The weather is perfect then, it is much quieter at those times and a great time to see more of the local customs but we are open all the year and the migration of birds in the winter is really worth it, also cycling and walking is better in the winter time.
During high summer the central Algarve tends to get very busy and crowded with visitors. During the colder winter months it is much quieter and we still enjoy plenty of sun during the day.
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