local secrets


Local secrets from those in the know…


Have you ever taken a walk and ended up somewhere you never knew existed? These little surprises are often the best finds! That’s why we’ve asked some owners, villa managers and destination pros to let us in on a local secret to share with you. But remember – it’s between you and James…

Baths of Aphrodite Restaurant, Cyprus

The Baths of Aphrodite restaurant is a favourite with the James Villas staff when we’re in Cyprus. The owner, Dino, is an excellent host and makes everyone feel at home. The fish is as fresh as can be and cooked to perfection, with plenty of Greek wine and spirits to toast your health! A little tip from us – hire a boat from Latchi in the morning, then head back here for lunch. Téleios (perfect)!
Jo, Product Director at James Villas.

Taberna da Poncha Bar, Madeira


Madeira is famous for its wine, but have you heard of Poncha? This mix of seasonal fruits is mashed with the local honey and rum. You can find Poncha bars in the capital, Funchal, but Taberna da Poncha is hidden away on the road from Ribeira Brava to São Vicente. The floor is covered in monkey nut shells and business cards fill the walls. You’re given a cup of the nuts along with your Poncha and are encouraged to add to the crunch on the floor as you sip and nibble!
Richard, our Villa Agent in Madeira.

Ilah da Fuzeta, the Algarve

From Olhao it’s all aboard for a ferry ride to the Ria Formosa islands; hop off at any and re-board when you like (grab a timetable from the port). The Ilah da Fuzeta is a favourite of ours. This beach has gorgeous views and turquoise sea stretching for miles in either direction. Take a stroll, stopping at the local eateries for some freshly caught fish.
Cheryl, James Villas’ Resort Manager in the Algarve

Casa Alice, Lanzarote


Si & Dan Dixon stayed at – 07 March 2017 via the James Villas App

“We took a two hour walk from our villa in Playa Blanca right along the coast to Playa de Papagayo. Luckily we did it earlier in the morning! The beach has a lovely clifftop restaurant where we had pizza and some cool drinks…
…There’s a waterbus to catch on the way back, which took us to the port in Playa Blanca. The trip was only €8 each – the last ferry was 4.15pm and we arrived back at 5pm. It was a fantastic day out!”

Artisan Market, Ibiza

Every Sunday morning in San Juan there’s an Artisan market teaming with organic produce and artisan crafts. Live music and a beautiful village setting make for a great atmosphere. Perfect for a morning stroll – and a spot of lunch after!
Laura, James Villas’ Villa Manager in Ibiza.

The Cami de Cavals, Menorca


This self-guided walk around the Cami de Cavals is still a well-kept secret. The route is made up of little paths, which you can join at most seaside resorts and that circle the whole island. Some of the paths are unmade, ones for more intrepid explorers, but you can join and leave at different stages and places, taking it at your own pace. Oh, and don’t forget your swimsuit – there are lots of coves and bays along the way.
Sam, James Villas’ Villa Manager in Menorca.

El Medano, Tenerife

This little secret is perfect for a leisurely few hours after arriving in Tenerife, or before your return flight. El Medano is a small town close to the airport. It’s perfect for a traditional tapas lunch and a wander along its volcanic beach and sweet cobbled streets, leading to a church and town square.
Pam, James Villas’ Villa Manager in Tenerife

Serra d’Arga, Costa Verde


This tour is so secret, that some of the local’s don’t even know about it! Spend a morning on this peaceful walking tour off the beaten track, passing waterfalls and lagoons (stopping for a dip!), finishing off with a picnic of delicious local produce in the woods.
Alice, Contractor for the Costa Verde at James Villas.

Jalon Valley Drive, Costa Blanca

The Jalon Valley (known as Vall de Pop) is set inland from the coastal towns of Denia, Moraira and Javea and makes for a glorious morning drive. Stop at Jalon Xabia and take a stroll through the Old Town with its beautiful architecture and cobbled streets. Enjoy a tasty lunch at one of the many restaurants that offer ‘menu del dia’ before heading back to your villa.
Phil, James Villas’ Resort Manager in the Costa Blanca.

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Shelley Kingsnorth

Shelley Kingsnorth is a Social Media Executive at James Villa Holidays.

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