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Top-floor frontline apartment, sea views, rooftop pool, easy walk historic Olhao

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,528 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Family friendly luxury, UK and German TV, free WiFi, sleeps 4/5 + infant.

Modern, spacious, air-conditioned/heated top-floor self-catering apartment. Lift access. 100 m from seafront and marina. Views over islands of Ria Formosa Natural Park. Two main bedrooms can both be set up as king-size or single beds ; and annex area off of the master bedroom has a very comfy chair bed, or the space could be used for a baby cot. Two bright fully tiled bathrooms. Airy lounge and dining area. Balcony area for outside dining, in sun from early afternoon. Free WiFi. UK and German Satellite TV & DVD player. Well equipped kitchen with water filter tap. Lots of storage space. Shared swimming pool on roof terrace with loungers. Video phone to external door. Electric shutters to windows. Easy, free car parking. Complimentary welcome pack - a few essentials to start you off. No pets allowed & smoking not permitted in the apartment. Easy walk to a variety of shops, restaurants & children's play areas. Large supermarket within 1 km, with others in town. A wonderful year-round rental - great for long stays.

Accessibility: The property is wheelchair accessible from street level via one of two lifts. The rooms will accommodate wheelchair use, although some mobility would be required to use either the 90 cm by 90 cm shower (with corner opening doors), the bath or WCs.

The roof terrace (with toughened glass barriers surrounding) can be accessed by the main lifts. At the roof level, the swimming pool is accessed by a short flight of steps, and there are also two or three steps leading into the pool itself , with no handrail.

The owners of the property have two children and warmly welcome other families to enjoy the property. Please contact us if you have any specific requirements to make your stay with children easier and we do our best to help.

Travel: Faro Airport is 15 min by road. Olhao rail station an easy 15 min walk, with services to Faro, Fuzeta, Lisbon, Spanish border, etc. As all amenities are within walking distance a car is not necessary, unless you want to visit interesting places on the Algarve or go golfing.

Distances: Central Faro 10km - historic old town and great modern shopping centre. 12km to Faro beaches. Loule 25 min drive - pretty inland town. Almancil 25 min drive. 18 km to Tavira. 30 km from Vilamoura. 40 km from Albufeira and 60km from Spanish border. The N125 is the old coast road and passes through several coastal towns, including Olhao. The A22 is the newer road a few miles North - quicker for longer east-west journeys.

The islands of the Ria Formosa Park are well worth a visit - frequent ferries and water taxis from Olhao jetty (a 10 min walk from the apartment) give you access to miles of golden beaches - there are also small shops and eateries on most of the islands.

Additional information: The apartment is managed and serviced by a friendly British husband and wife team, who can be contacted should any problems arise with the rental. They can also provide babysitting services and airport transfers, by prior arrangement.

Within the Village Marina development lies the 5 star Real Marina Hotel and Spa. This has a great range of wonderful spa facilities, which can be booked by non-residents - simply inquire at hotel reception. We can also recommend the hotel's very good Sunday brunch buffet, as well as their evening buffets in high season, and a la carte menus at other times.

All windows have Juliet balconies, with toughened glass and steel balcony walls that are 120 cm high.

Children under the age of 12 years to be accompanied at all times when using pool.

Information about Ria Formosa Natural Park is available at the Park Office, on the Eastern edge of Olhao.

Olhao's famous Shellfish Festival is mid-August, and the Fiera de Laranja is 3rd Sat & Sun in August.

More Details

Moira and John Hepworth
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Moira and John,

Writing a review to the homeaway company didn't work, I am sorry to say. I could only write very few words and then the process couldn't be continued. So let me give you our thanks for the wonderful stay in your excellently equipped apartment with the stunning views directly with this message. We enjoyed the time there very much and would give the apartment a 5 star ranking, including the warm welcome and helpful service by Tracey. We were surprised by the substantial welcome package of provisions, which we also liked.

Everything was clean and very well prepared for our stay and we will definitely recommend your lovely place to friends and relatives. It's also nice to have no parking problems and to have excellent shopping facilities so close to the place.

Being able to watch German TV channels in such a good quality also added to

the pleasure of the stay although we also read a lot in the evenings.

We brought a pair of binoculars and could watch the mystery of ebb and flow

closely from the kitchen windows and the balcony. Your apartment is also an ideal place to start shorter walks to the lagoon and of course to the lovely old part of Olhao, so you don't need the car all the time.

We wish you many future guests and we are sure they will like the place

very much as well. All the best to you both :)
Feb 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Olhão in Municipality of Olhão

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 5
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1528 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Lift ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Family Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Ensuite Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , En-suite to master bedroom
  • High quality and spacious 90 cm by 90 cm shower in main bathroom - corner opening doors provide generous entry width. Bath with shower over in the en suite. Both showers feature thermostatically controlled shower mixer units. Both bathrooms are fully tiled and are modern, bright and uncluttered in design. Dual-binned laundry basket provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , The two single beds can be made up as extra large double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , The two single beds can be made up as extra large double
  • Bedroom 1: master bedroom with spacious fitted wardrobe and en-suite bathroom. Air-conditioning/heating. Please specify at time of booking whether you would like the beds in this bedroom made up as two singles or combined as an extra large double (king size). Luggage rack provided. Annex area: an annex area connects to the master bedroom by a wide sliding door and has a separate door to the hall. This can be used as a dressing area, or the chair bed in the annex can be made up into a very comfortable single bed. Alternatively the space would be a suitable area for a cot. Air con/heater. Bedroom 2: with spacious fitted wardrobe. Air conditioning/heating. Please specify at time of booking whether you would like the beds in this bedroom made up as two singles or combined as an extra large double (king size). Full length windows with glass & steel framed 'Juliet' balconies provide a lovely airy feel to the bedrooms. Sea views from both bedrooms & annex area. Luggage rack provided.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Excellent home-from-home facilities. Wireless broadband connection. Fully fitted modern kitchen with crockery, glassware & cutlery, oven, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, microwave, kettle, toaster, iron/ironing board. Separate drying area with drying rack - ideal for airing swim gear etc. Lounge area seats 5, leading to balcony with table and 6 chairs. UK FreeSat TV and local TV & DVD player. Inside dining table & 6 chairs. Air-con/heating throughout. Luggage racks. Towels, bed linen provided and changed on weekly basis. Beach towels provided - please take only beach towels out of apartment/ to pool. Beach parasol, wheely-trollies and cool bags provided. Cot & high chair are available by advance arrangement, for a small charge. Hair dryer supplied (NB keep away from sources of water if used in bathrooms). 2 pool-side showers and a WC are available on the roof terrace.


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Top-floor frontline apartment, sea views, rooftop pool, easy walk historic Olhao
average rating of 4.952381 based on 80 reviews

It is a lovely apartment and very welcoming. I would recommend to friends.

  • 5 of 5

Every effort was take to make the apartment welcoming. The welcome food and wine basket was great. There are good facilities to cook.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful apartment in Olhao

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in Olhao and met Tracey for the key exchange. She quickly showed us around the apartment to familiarize us. The apartment is well stocked with everything you"ll need for your stay, she had even done a little shopping to get us started which was very nice.

the location on the fourth floor gives you a view of the Rio Formosa, however you will have to wait till afternoon to get the warmth of the sun. We would spend the mornings on the rooftop terrace by the pool to enjoy the sun and relax.

the location of the apartment is excellent and its a short stroll to the restaurants and Market. Saturdays are full of locals and tourists taking in the market. The ferry to the island beaches is well worth it, and even in February some restaurants are open. Ferry cost is around four and a half euros return.

We enjoyed our stay and highly recommend it if your coming to the Algarve area

  • Review Submitted: 11-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Un appartement spacieux et accueillant

  • 5 of 5

Notre séjour s'est très bien déroulé avec un soin tout particulier pour l'accueil.

A notre arrivée, des efforts ont été faits pour nous recevoir plus tôt que prévu dans le contrat (suite voyage de nuit) ! Le frigo était rempli de quelques aliments, une attention très agréable !

Conformément à la description, l'appartement est fonctionnel, spacieux, confortable, bien équipé (le lave-vaisselle en panne a été réparé durant notre séjour), tranquille pour une famille de 4 (2 adultes, 2 enfants).

Globalement, nous sommes ravis, nous ne pouvons que promouvoir l'appartement !

  • Review Submitted: 10-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
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Ideal apartment near centre of Olhao

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is very luxurious and ideally located near the centre of Olhao. The welcome was very friendly.

We spend a great week there and recommend the appartement to everyone

John and AnneMarie

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Wonderful family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 2 weeks, 5 (2 adults, 2 children and a baby) in all. Lovely spacious clean and well equipped apartment and a most ...welcome (!) Welcome Pack. Very convenient to a couple of restaurants and the ferry and only a short walk from the main "strip" with restaurants, playgrounds etc. Shopping around the corner and a great base for travel further afield should the fancy take you! The local market is great and the town itself is a maze of fabulous cobbled streets and character. The beaches are well worth the journey also, Praia do Barril was a great novelty with the train ride.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Great stay in Olha

  • 5 of 5

After having great contact with the very helpful owners true email, we, a family of five stayed at this apartment summer of 2017. The apartment is really great, it’s very large, modern, clean and at a perfect location. It offers everything you would need and more. The welcome was great and so was the “ welcome-package”, so no need to go shopping on the first day. The swimming-pool is within reach (a few steps or the elevator) and the sea almost at your doorstep. Just take the ferryboat in the harbour to go to the beaches. The islands are certainly worth a visit.

This part of Portugal is still not so very crowded with tourists and that is nice. Will recommend this apartment to anyone. Wonderful!

The Netherlands, August 2017

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Emotions Bar; and Real Marina Hotel
Nearest Ferry
900 Metres
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Colina Verde
Nearest Train
1.2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
600 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Emotions Bar & RealMarina Hotel - lots on seafront
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Ria Formosa National Park Islands (by boat)
Car: not necessary

A short seafront stroll away from historic Olhao’s famous fish & produce markets, and colourful Saturday morning outdoor market. Many traditional bars and restaurants on the waterfront and in picturesque Old Town. 10 min walk to catch ferries & water taxis to the islands of Armona, Culatra and Farol - miles of sandy beaches and clear sea in the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Olhao waterfront has boat trips and eco tours and children's play areas next to the promenades. Wonderful spa facilities in the 5-star hotel next to the apartment complex. Many golf courses within an easy drive. Good walking trails in the hills to the north. Many local festivals in the summer. Olhao’s Shellfish Festival week is held in August. In July one of the largest motorbike rallies in Europe is held in nearby Faro, with an amazing parade through the city on the final day. 45 min drive to the Spanish border; or take the train and ferry to the border town of Ayamonte with its many shops and restaurants.

Other Activities: For hiking, sealife & island eco-trips, visit

Golf: Some of the many courses in the area include:

Colina Verde (at the nearby town of Moncarapacho) -

San Lorenzo (5 km west of Faro airport) -

Pinheiros Altos -

Quinta do Lago: North and South courses -

Vale do Lobo: Ocean and Royal courses -

Quinta do Ria -

Benamor -

Monte Rei -

Quinta do Cima -


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Olhão, Algarve

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Summer
20 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High Summer
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
30 Sep 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
4 Nov 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
23 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Jan 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
17 Feb 2019 - 23 Mar 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
24 Mar 2019 - 18 May 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Summer
19 May 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High Summer
30 Jun 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2019 - 28 Sep 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
29 Sep 2019 - 2 Nov 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
3 Nov 2019 - 21 Dec 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
22 Dec 2019 - 6 Jan 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Jan 2020 - 15 Feb 2020
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

We are able to accept rentals commencing on any day except Sunday. Departure date can be on any day of the week. For stays of less than seven nights, the 'nightly' rate applies per night. For stays of seven nights and longer we pro-rata the weekly rental rate.
Please ask for an individual quote for longer stays - good discounts available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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