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Make a holiday rental villa or rental accommodation in Olhao, Portugal your home away from home

Olhao is an ancient town, inextricably linked with the Algarve’s fishing industry. Situated on the edge of the beautiful Ria Formosa Nature Reserve near Faro, holiday rental accommodation in Olhao is wonderfully easy to reach, yet has an atmosphere that makes it seem many miles from anywhere. Taking a villa rental in Olhao is a guaranteed way to relax in the warm sun of the Algarve, surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes and within easy walk of idyllic beaches.

Things to see in Olhao, Portugal

The old quarter of Olhao is the most famous part of the town, blessed with an undeniably Moorish flavour. Every morning, the old town of Olhao bursts into life as local fishermen return home to sell their catch, which is amazingly varied each morning. The town is still centred around the ancient fishing port, with traditional lifestyles that still thrive. There is nowhere that you can experience pure Algarvian lifestyles like you can from rental accommodation in Olhao. Traditional cuisine is another major attraction to Olhao, especially, unsurprisingly, the seafood. Local restaurants make the air thick with the mouth-watering aromas of grilled fish. Even if you are only staying in a villa rental in Olhao for one night, you must try the local herring.

The port is an excellent place from which to take a boat trip into the Mediterranean to try a little deep sea fishing, enjoy an excursion to one of the immaculate beaches on a deserted island, including Fuzeta and Armona, or explore the watery world beneath with a scuba diving adventure. The islands of Fuzeta and Armona are wonderfully peaceful, with huge swathes of golden sand on which to stretch out and sunbathe, and the best natural conditions for sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and scuba diving are found near them.

The Ria Formosa is a beautiful place to visit, that is, if you can drag yourself away from the fine, golden sands and warm, clear waters of the coastline. The Ria Formosa Nature Reserve is also accessible by ferry, and is one of the best places to walk, cycle and ride, but you will have to share the park with flamingo, storks and many other bird species and wildlife.

Places to visit on holiday in Olhao, Portugal

A little inland, the town of Moncarapacho is one of the most charming towns in the whole of the Algarve. Moncarapacho is certainly worth investigation from any rental property in Olhao, as the enormously laid back way of life is irresistible. Simply spend a few hours in Moncarapacho and the relaxing atmosphere cannot fail to rub off on you!

Weather in Olhao, Portugal

The Algarve is blessed with a sublime climate. Hot and dry during the summer and wonderfully mild during the winter, there is never a bad time to take self catering rental accommodation in Olhao, Portugal. The summer months see daily peak temperatures soaring into the mid 30’s (˚C) daily from May until October, with temperatures over 40˚C regular in July and August. The winter months are perfect for relaxing sightseeing and golfing holidays as temperatures are rarely below 15˚C.

Travel to Olhao, Portugal

Faro International Airport (FAO) is just 12km from the centre of Olhao, which makes reaching a property to rent in Olhao remarkably easy from the UK. There are flights arriving into Faro from airports big and small across the UK, provided by a huge range of airlines.

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                                                                                                      We had an amazing time we were received with open arms. Lovely place, amazing views I will definitely will come back the house looked like a 5star hotel couldn't been better...
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Amazing!

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                                                                                                      We were counting down the days until our arrival on Armona. Much excitement as my wife, and 2 children [5 and 3] were meeting up with family we hadn't seen in a good few months. We were not disappointed! The ferry ride across from Olhao was an adventure itself and the kids loved it. Luckily we were met by my parents at the port on Armona who assisted with the bags for the walk to the house. Bit of a distance in the midday sun for the kids so ended up piggy-backing but no major issues. After a few days on Armona the walking becomes second nature. The house is very well appointed with everything one could need. Was very clean and beds made up. We braaied every night with fresh fish / seafood / espatadas bought at the market in Olhao [South African for barbecue ;-)]. Did the shopping trip twice in a week to get the bulk of the fresh food - the shop close to the house has almost all the basics you need albeit at a higher price. We explored all corners of the island in our week stay - for us the Atlantic beach was the place to be. The kids did love the lagoon area / inland lake where they spent hours catching small fish, collecting hermit crabs in very safe surroundings. We popped into Antonio's on our walk back to the house most afternoons for a cold beer, and an ice cream for the kids. Didn't eat there so can't comment on the food. We did eat at Armona 4 near the ferry port on our last evening and had a great experience. Food and setting was brilliant. We were lucky enough to be in Olhao for the Seafood Festival which we thoroughly enjoyed - crabs, prawns, oysters where amazing! The only negative I can think of was the poor state of the scooters and kids bicycles - were were hoping to let the kids use them to get around the island but were in a rather bad state. Overall I'd highly recommend Maria's lovely home to anyone looking to escape from the crowds and enjoy a relaxing beach holiday away from it all. We will be back in a heart beat! Maria was an amazing host, quick to respond to our requests- thank you! Steve
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Luxury Villa July 2016

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                                                                                                      We haven’t long come back from a fantastic holiday at this beautiful villa at the end of July 2016. Firstly, the owner Hortense couldn’t do enough to make our stay as enjoyable as possible and explained that if we needed anything to contact her as she lived nearby. She came to see how the holiday was going a few times during our stay, which was great if we needed to ask any questions about trips etc, she even took us to the supermarket on our first day. The villa was furnished to a very high standard and had everything we needed and more; all the rooms were a good size and spotlessly clean. The TV in the lounge had hundreds of channels, all in English. Outside, the villa was surrounded by a beautiful garden and was very private; it even had an electric front gate. The long driveway lead to a large garage which turned out to be the games room which contained: a pool table, table tennis, mini football and a running machine. But the highlight of the holiday had to be the huge swimming pool which we used every day. There was a small restaurant next door which was also the contact office for other villas in the area where we were able to book in for breakfast and other meals during our stay. We were also able to order a selection of items to takeaway such as baguettes, water, ice creams and pizzas and the staff were always very helpful, even though the villa is not part of their group. During our stay we didn’t have a car but used local taxis which could take up to 6 people and were reasonably priced as a short trip to the marina in Olhao was only €10. The marina had many bars, restaurants and boat trips and even had a local market. The taxis were very good but if you want to travel a lot during your stay, we would recommend hiring a car. Thank you for a relaxing and family friendly holiday; we hope to be back again soon. The Turners and Jenkins family.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016