Swimming in December… why not?

After some rainy days, the sunny weather is back in full blast to Monte Gordo. These are a couple of photos from today, December 27 of 2022. The temperature was about 21 celsius (70F) all day.

December 27 at about 9h30, one of the last traditional fishermen boat arrives at the beach with fresh seafood

December 27 at about 17h30 the sunset is phenomenal and the temperature remains at 20 celsius

December 27 also at about 17h30 I noticed that a couple of young people could not resist going for a swim!

Season greetings!


“Superhost” recognition by AIRBNB

PT: Graças ao histórico de feedback dos nossos hóspedes, a Seasun Vacation Rentals é agora considerada um “Superhost” pela AIRBNB – “O programa Superhost celebra e premeia os anfitriões mais bem avaliados e experientes do Airbnb.”- Muito obrigado!!! Continuaremos a fazer o nosso melhor para vós!

EN: Thanks to the historical feedback of our guests, Seasun Vacation Rentals is now considered a “Superhost” by AIRBNB – “The Superhost program celebrates and rewards Airbnb’s top-rated and most experienced hosts.” – Thank you very much!!! We will keep doing our best for you!

NL: Dankzij de historische feedback van onze gasten wordt Seasun Vacation Rentals nu door AIRBNB beschouwd als een “Superhost” – “Het Superhost-programma viert en beloont de best beoordeelde en meest ervaren hosts van Airbnb.” doen ons best voor je!

“Premier Host” recognition by VRBO

PT: Graças ao histórico de feedback dos nossos hóspedes, a Seasun Vacation Rentals é agora considerada um “Premier Host” pela VRBO – um “programa somente para convidados que reconhece proprietários e gerentes que sempre oferecem ótimas experiências aos viajantes”- Muito obrigado!!! Continuaremos a fazer o nosso melhor para vós!

EN: Thanks to the historical feedback of our guests, Seasun Vacation Rentals is now considered a “Premier Host” by VRBO – an “invite-only program that recognizes owners and managers who consistently deliver great traveler experiences.” – Thank you very much!!! We will keep doing our best for you!

NL: Dankzij historische feedback van onze gasten wordt Seasun Vacation Rentals nu door VRBO beschouwd als een “Premier Host” – een “alleen op uitnodiging programma dat eigenaren en managers erkent die consequent geweldige ervaringen aan reizigers leveren” – Heel erg bedankt!!! We blijven ons best voor je doen!

Monte Gordo: Bandeira Azul e Qualidade de Ouro – Blue Flag Beach and Gold Quality

Com tem vindo sendo tradição há várias décadas, em 2022, a praia de Monte Gordo continua com a Bandeira Azul (atribuída pela Associação Bandeira Azul da Europa) e a designação de “Qualidade de Ouro” atribuída pela Quercus (Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza).


Keeping the tradition over the last few decades, in 2022, Monte Gordo Beach continues with the Blue Flag (awarded by the Blue Flag Association of Europe) and the designation of “Gold Quality” awarded by Quercus (Portuguese Association for the Conservation of Nature).


Bandeira Azul / Blue Flag

Qualidade de Ouro / Gold Quality

Vamus – the Bus app for the Algarve

The bus system in the Algarve region has been updated so that now you can not only check the routes and schedules online but also buy tickets and then use your smartphone to scan the ticket on the bus (just like we already do with airline tickets). The brand new App is called “Vamus Algarve” (let’s go Algarve).

Here is the link to the website (the “Vila Real de Santo Antonio” schedules stop in Monte Gordo):


And here is a picture of the App in google store:

Check these routes (bus goes both ways):

96 Monte Gordo – Vila Real Sto. António

66 Albufeira – Vila Real de Sto. António;

67 Faro – Vila Real de Sto. António.

32 Azinhal – Vila Real de Sto. António

34 Balurcos de Cima – Vila Real de Sto. António

43 Carrapateira – Vila Real de Sto. António

73 Sta. Justa – Vila Real de Sto. António (por Bentos)

119 Sta. Justa – Vila Real de Sto. António (por Soudes)

Nearby Golf course ranked Best in Portugal

The nearby golf course of “Monte Rei” ranks 1st in Portugal by “Today’s Golfer“, while “Quinta de Cima e Ria” course ranks 7th. Both are located about 20 minutes by car from our apartments (approx. 14km or 9 miles). Come visit and combine the green with our endless white sand beach!

Here is a link to a media article:

COVID: Portugal has highest Vaccinated rate in the World. October 1 is “Freedom Day”!

Portugal has fully vaccinated 84% of its 10.3 million population, thus surpassing every country in the World on this measure. The average among the 27 EU countries is 61.6%, in Canada is 69.8%, in the UK is 65.3%, while in the USA is 54.2%.

Consequently the Government announced today that will lift pretty much all restrictions by October 1 – e.g. Discos, Bars, Restaurants, etc., will now be allowed to operate at full capacity, after dealing with restrictions over the last 19 months. However, indoors access will be granted solely to individuals with a Vaccination Certificate – approved by EU, which includes certificates issued by most non-EU countries as long as those individuals were vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty), and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) – or a negative Covid test (e.g. self-rapid test). The Portuguese Government will disclose more specifics by October 1.

You can read more details from these 3 sources:


550 Flamingos born in natural reserve near Monte Gordo

This June/July there were about 550 newly born flamingos in the Natural Reserve of Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo Antonio, located about 2km north of Seasun’s apartments. Here is the video:

Here is a link to an article in English:


Here is an article in Portuguese about it (you can use google translate for your language):

Website of the Natural Reserve: https://natural.pt/protected-areas/reserva-natural-sapal-castro-marim-vila-real-sto-antonio?locale=en

Booking.com 2021 Guest Review Awards / Prémio dos Hóspedes

(English Below Portuguese text)

Graças ao reconhecimento dos nossos estimados hóspedes durante o ano de 2020, o Booking.com continua a classificar a Seasun Vacation Rentals como um dos melhores alojamentos em Monte Gordo e por conseguinte galardoou-nos com o 2021 Guest Review Awards. Muito obrigado! Vamos continuar a dar o nosso melhor para vos proporcionar bons apartamentos para umas excelentes férias em Monte Gordo!

Reconhecimentos do Booking.com (comparativamente a outros alojamentos em Monte Gordo):

  • “Favorito dos hóspedes”
  • “recomendado pela boa relação preço/qualidade em Monte Gordo! Os hóspedes têm mais por menos dinheiro em comparação a outros alojamentos nesta cidade. “
  • “situa-se numa das localizações com melhor pontuação em Monte Gordo! Os hóspedes adoram-na em comparação com outras propriedades nas proximidades. “
  • “Informação fiável: Os hóspedes dizem que a descrição e as fotografias deste alojamento são muito precisas.”

Thanks to the feedback of our guests during 2020, Booking.com continues to rank Seasun Vacation Rentals has one of the best lodging in Monte Gordo, and consequently it has awarded us the  2021 Guest Review Awards. Thank You! We will continue to do our best to offer you great seafront apartments for excellent vacations in Monte Gordo!

Booking.com acknowledgements (relatively to other Monte Gordo lodgings):

  • “Guest Favourite”
  • “rated for the best value in Monte Gordo! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.”
  • “one of the best-rated locations in Monte Gordo! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.”
  • “Reliable info: Guests say the description and photos for this property are very accurate.”

(Other languages)

Gebaseerd op recensies van klanten, Booking.com richt Seasun als de beste accommodatie in Monte Gordo – Veel Dank!!!

Gracias al reconocimiento de nuestros estimados clientes, Booking.com continua a clasificar Seasun como el mejor alojamiento en Monte Gordo – Muchas Gracias!!!

En raison de la reconnaissance de nos chers clients, Booking.com continue aévalue Seasun comme le meilleur hébergement à Monte Gordo – Merci beaucoup!!!

Grazie al riconoscimento dei nostri stimati clienti, Booking.com continua aclassificare Seasun come la migliore sistemazione a Monte Gordo – Grazie mille!!!

Portugal awarded “Safe Travels” seal by WTTC

Portugal has been the first European country to receive the ‘Safe Travels’ seal awarded by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).  Such recognition certifies “destinations that comply with hygiene and safety rules and aims to give confidence to those who travel after restrictions to avoid the spread of covid-19”.

Description of the “Safe Travels” seal: https://wttc.org/News-Article/WTTC-unveils-Safe-Travels-new-global-protocols-to-restart-the-Travel-Tourism-sector

Articles about Portugal

English: https://world-today-news.com/portugal-was-the-first-european-country-to-receive-the-safe-travels-seal/

Português: https://expresso.pt/coronavirus/2020-06-04-Portugal-e-o-primeiro-pais-europeu-a-receber-o-selo-Safe-Travels