We live in Anglesey with our two Jack Russell dogs and have two grown-up children. Mel Jones is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and Awen Jones works as a manager in his medico-legal practice. A large proportion of clients who have visited Villa Oleanders work (hard) within the NHS at Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital Bangor, north Wales.
Since the children were small, we have been visiting Carvoeiro – somewhat unusual for us to return to the same place like this – so clearly we fell in love with the area. In 2005 Mel had a conference in Lisbon and we decided to spend a few days in Carvoeiro before driving up to Lisbon. We made the mistake of looking in estate agents’ windows – the rest is history…
Living on Anglesey, we have a choice of flying from Liverpool or Manchester airports and we can make it door-to-door in seven hours on a good day. Faro airport is 65km from the villa with motorway almost all the way so it is pretty quick to get to the Oleanders.
The scenery in Algarve is great, as are the beautiful beaches. The people are friendly and welcoming. The whole Algarve area is easily explored from the Spanish border to the end of the old world in Sagres to Alentejo.
There are restaurants to suit almost all tastes. This includes Portuguese, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Spanish and French to name but a few. It sounds daft going to Portugal for a curry but the two restaurants there are second to none in the UK – the Goan fish curry in Carvoeiro is fantastic in our humble opinion – and we know about curries, having lived in Leicester at one time.
Hopefully we can share with you a little part of the world we thoroughly love and enjoy.