Creative industries in southern portugal
We stayed at Madelena's place for a mini-vacation of just 4 nights. We had a great time in Burgau and the south-west of Portugal.
Madelena and her family (son, dog and neighbor) had great tips about all you need to know: restaurants, beaches etc.
The balcony (which can be used for a morning coffee, etc.) has the most amazing view over the village and beach of Burgau.
We stayed in Madalena and her son's flat for five days. We had a very good time. Madalena is a very kind and interesting person and she very much wants us to feel comfortable in the flat. She also to talk, discuss and answer our questions about Portugal and other topics.
The flat is nice and clean with a wonderful view to the sea.
Burgau is a very Nice village and it doesn't seem to be spoilt by turism like other places at the Algarve Coast.
We should like to come back some day.
Leif and Hanne.
Madalena and her son are some of the most amazing people I've ever met. My boyfriend and I stayed with them for a month (!) and had the time of our lives.
They're both very warm, welcoming and interesting people. We had lots of long deep talks and I really miss them both now!
Burgau is the perfect spot to be on the Algarve. From there we took lots of long hikes along the coast and they were spectacular!
I recommend staying here for everybody! Amazing people and amazing place. :)
We had a very, very nice time in Burgau with Madalena and Andre (and Gotti!).
They are very warm, friendly and incredibly hospitable people, we felt very welcome. Almost every evening, we had a long dinner with lots of wine and cigarettes and very interesting conversation.
Gotti is a very nice dog, we had lots of fun with her.
You can smoke indoors, but it doesn't smell like smoke at all! The ventilation system works really well.
Our room was nice, the whole flat is very nicely designed, very comfy, lots of books if you want.
Burgau is a nice little village, not too touristy. The beach is wonderful as are the cliffs and surrounding coastline.
I would recommend Burgau and Madalena to anyone who looks for a beautiful, calm place to relax and a host who is really interested in meeting interesting people.
Response from Madalena:
we miss you guys! give news and hope you are doing well....thank you for the warm review!
madalena and her son were the best hosts you can possibly imagine. we had a wonderful and inspiring time at their wonderful flat in the unspoiled town burgau. we had a really great time there and hope to have the chance to visit them again!
È' stata tutta una grande sorpresa! Burgau é un posto eccezionale, piccolo,bello e vivace in cui si respira un'aria cosmopolita e allo stesso tempo antica, Madalena é una padrona di casa accogliente,aperta e simpatica. La casa é molto ben arredata, studiata nei particolari e con vista eccezionale.
In Madalena abbiamo trovato non solo un amica ma un persona di grande cultura,sensibilità e apertura mentale, con la quale abbiamo trascorso belle serate a parlare e a discutere e da cui abbiamo imparato molto. Se avremo l'opportunità ritorneremo sicuramente.
Grazie! Daniela e Federico
Response from Madalena:
Grazie, un piacere!
I spent one week in Burgau and this experience was very pleasant Madalena made it even more special. I was able to chill out and forget during one week the stress of the city.
Toda una experiencia para los sentidos. Madalena te ayudará a introducirte en el ambiente autóctono, cosmopolita y bohemio de Burgau. El piso es estilo puro, la compañía mejor y el lugar ideal para descubrir todas esas calitas salvajes del Algarve donde desconectar. No lo pienses, esta es la mejor opción.
Madalena is an extraordinary host. A deep thinking person with lots of humor. Her apartment is like an artists-pirates ship at the end of the world - or maybe at the beginning of a new world? Find out yourself.
Madalena and her son were great and very welcoming hosts. The balcony and roof terrace have a fantastic view of the sea. This is a great option for exploring a beuatiful part of the Algarve if you don't wish to stay in a soulless hotel. Madalena offered us lots of helpful advices and we had great meals on her recommendation as well as togehter on the "boat" (Madalena is an amazing cooker). Thanks Madalena.
Response from Madalena:
it was a pleasure! truly, hope you come back one day.... good luck with the thesis....
Madalena is, through and through, a very warm and welcoming person. By nature she makes everyone immediately comfortable with her honest interest, intelligent conversation, and genuine hospitality. Her place is airy and cushiony, with about the most breathtaking up-close view of the Burgau beach, ocean, coast, and sky. Great location for walking the cobblestoned streets of this traditional Portuguese fishing village which has retained its history and charm while offering modern services and amenities. Madalena is an artist and see the world that way, combined with pragmatism and a global perspective. She speaks several languages fluently, and she will make your visit most enjoyable and easy. Highly recommended!
Madalena est une personne absolumment exceptionnelle qui, à elle seule, mérite de faire le voyage à Burgau.
Polyglotte confirmée,cosmopolite invétérée,d'une érudition inépuisable, elle vous étonne sans cesse, peu importe le sujet, et non sans humour et grands éclats de rire partagés.
Madalena est aussi, bien sûr, une hotesse incroyable: non seulement elle est excellente cuisinière, mais elle a le goût exquis des belles tables et de la juste ambiance, ce qui rend son espace un lieu où effectivement; l'on se dit
"Que la vie est belle!"
Passer un temps chez elle est une expérience inoubliable!
Fabulous place to stay and what a glorious hostess! Madalena is a dream and her spot in Burgau is absolutely stunning! You'll be hard pressed to find a better deal in a more beautiful village.