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Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo is set in the hills, in the triangle of Tavira, Olhao & Sao Bras. The village of S.Catarina has a post office, bank (with Cashpoint), small supermarket, pharmacy, cafes, a simple restaurants and a bakery. There are several breathtaking beaches 15-20km away ( Fuzeta & Barril), great seafood, the lovely island of Culatra off the coast of Olhao & cultural events in nearby Tavira and Faro. The beaches are long stretched, wide and quiet. All beaches are part of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve and some can only be reached by a short ferry ride.

Mass tourism has not yet arrived in this part of the Algarve. There are many fields of orange trees, heavy with the scent of blossom.. The houses are often with dazzling whitewashed walls and distinctive chimneys decorated to resemble fine tracery of lace. This is just a hint of the charms of Tavira and its municipality . Tavira is one of the most architecturally attractive towns in the Algarve and its origin dates back to around 2.000 BC.


It is a great area for walking and biking (maps & guidebooks at the house). “Via Algarviana” is a Great Pedestrian Route (GR13) which connects Alcoutim to Cabo de São Vicente, with a length of 300km, within the Algarve mountain range. (See the link for further information.) With around 200 km of coastline, 3000 hours of sunshine per year and half-tropical temperatures, the Algarve is the perfect holiday destination.


The nearest Golfcourses to ‘O Monte‘ by car:
East of Tavira :
1. 20 min. Colina Verde
2. 25 min. Benamor
3. 30 min. Quinta da Ria / Quinta da Cima

4. 40 min. Monte Rei Golf Club, Tavira
West of Tavira :
5. 40 min. Quita da Lago
6. 40 min. Vale do Lobo


Some Distances from ‘O Monte’: 15 min. to the nearest, most wonderful beaches of Barril and Fuseta; 20 min. from Faro airport; 1,5 hours to Sevilla by car; 2,5 hours to Lisbon by car.