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Quinta Aldeia Sta Bárbara

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      Nuno Neves Nearly 200 km of spectacular ocean coastline trimmed with some of the most glorious beaches in Europe, 2 dozen renowned golf courses and year round sunshine have made Algarve one of Europe's favourite holiday destinations and ever more popular with home seekers. Today, more and more people are discovering the tranquil harmony of Algarve's idyllic rural interior, historically known as the "Garden of Portugal". Just 4 km south east of the historic market town of Loulé and within a few minutes drive of Faro international airport, the small and ancient rustic town of Santa Barbara de Nexe is ideally located. Occupying high ground in the heart of the Algarve's barrocal region, that strip of richly cultivated limestone running the lenght of the Algarve between the mountains and the ocean, Santa Barbara enjoys spectacular views. To the south is the gorgeous Ria Formosa nature reserve with its sparkling pattern of blue lagoons and sandy barrier islands with the ocean glistening beyond. To the north are rugged hills of Caldeirão, their purple peaks rising through the distant shimmering haze against the clear deep blue sky.