Algarve Housing is a villa rental company for more then 18 years. Who are the persons
Matthijs joined Algarve Housing in September 2020.
Matthijs is young, full of energy and has many new ideas how to ‘attack’ the villa rental
market in an original and ambitious way. Matthijs has been working in the Algarve villa
rental and management business for a few years now and we have been succesfully working
together for more than a year, while he was also setting up his own villa rental company
Matthijs lives in the Algarve with his wife and child for 12 years now and I am very happy he
joined Algarve Housing :-)
And I, Michele, founded Algarve Housing in 2003 and managed it since then. I started visiting
the Algarve in 1988 and I live there since 2002 on a permanent base. Moving and travelling
many times from West to East, I am confident to say I know the Algarve pretty well after all
With my experience, and knowledge and connections I have, I think I have a lot to offer. It is not only about renting a villa. Apart from the right villa, it is nice to inform my clients about the various regions of the Algarve, which restaurants to go to, or other things you can do in the Algarve. Every client is unique as well as every villa is unique. I like to give the personal touch, which makes my work interesting! It is not only about renting a villa! It is a holiday to the Algarve.
In August 2018 I was interviewed, below you find a great part of this interview:
I first started visiting the Algarve in 1988 after my parents decided to live in the Algarve, Portugal. In 2002, I finally decided to leave my homeland of Holland in favour of the sunny Algarve coast. The following year I set up my property rental business (Algarve Housing).
“What I like about the Algarve is that it’s a different world here, a more relaxed, outdoors lifestyle, with mild climate and beautiful natural surroundings. It’s also not too far away from my family and friends in Holland, the country where I was born” – Michele Wolters, Owner of Algarve Housing
Languages I speak and the Portuguese language
My first language is Dutch and I also speak English and Portuguese.
Portuguese can be a difficult language to learn to speak along with the grammar and pronunciation. With the growth of tourism in the last twenty years, more and more Portuguese people speak English but not so much with the older generation. Along the coast, in the tourist bars and restaurants, most are speaking English but if you go more inland you will find that it is harder without an understanding of the Portuguese language.
If you are planning to live in the Algarve, make sure you spend a winter here as houses are not well-insulated and usually do not have central heating. And then we have the very hot summers, so you need to find out if this is for you before making a big commitment. The cost of living can be expensive here in the Algarve, you might not expect this if you are only visiting on vacations.
My favorite beach?
My work keeps me very busy, so when I am not working, I like to relax and read a book and walk my dog. I prefer the less crowded beaches like the ones on the West Coast such as Carrapateira and Bordeira, I love the beaches of Monte Clerigo and Aljezur and also the Islands in the East such as Armona, Culatra and Farol. My favorite town is Olhao in the East Algarve, as it is so authentic and full of character.
My favorite Portuguese food?
I am a flexitarian, I rarely eat meat, my favourite Portuguese dishes are Cataplana (a fishy stew made in a typical Portuguese copper pan) and Ameijoas (clams with lots of garlic and coriander). Although I do not eat a lot of meat, I love the chicken piripiri!
My advice to my clients
I help clients to choose a property according to their individual needs, for example, families with young children usually require a different type of holiday than a group of young people who like to party until early morning. Some clients prefer a more romantic vacation style and location. The beauty of the Algarve is that we have it all here!!!
Why Algarve Housing?
The advantage of choosing a vacation with Algarve Housing rentals is that I provide personal contact, plus the properties I rent are all handpicked. I never rent a property without visiting myself. Due to my experience of living and travelling in the Algarve (and Portugal) I know almost every square meter of the Algarve, so I can give the best advice to my clients about the Algarve.
Contact me for holiday rental advice and look around on my website and Facebook page for further information about Algarve holiday options.