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Beautiful 3BR apt. with views from a large rooftop terrace, central location

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 11 nights


About the property

Spacious & functional holiday apt. w/ large rooftop terrace, near sea, sleeps 6

This grand 1st floor 3-bedroom apartment lies in the centre of the charming town of Olhão. It has its own entrance, wide staircase, and roof terrace covering the entire building... offering fantastic views over the town and its two main churches. A 3-minute walk along cobbled streets will lead you to the seafront with its fruit, vegetable, and seafood markets, myriad of restaurants, and ferry that will take you to the sandy beaches on one of the 3 islands nearby.

The interior is a combination of traditional Portuguese design and modern amenities. The large rooms, the high ornate ceilings, and the antique furniture & paintings lend it a certain grandeur, while floor-length windows and skylights allow plenty of light to enter.

The sitting room includes a DVD/CD player and HDTV; the kitchen is well-equipped and includes a dishwasher. There are plenty of mobile heaters and 2 fixed A/Cs to keep you cool. The 2nd bathroom includes a shower, WC, and washing machine.

WiFi provided.

More Details

Galina Main
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Russian
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Calendar last updated:
29 October, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Olhão in Municipality of Olhão

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming


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(4 traveller reviews)

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Beautiful 3BR apt. with views from a large rooftop terrace, central location
average rating of 4.25 based on 4 reviews

A very beautiful apartment with a great location!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this as a family of four, two adults and two teenage children, for a 10-day holiday in August 2012. The location of the apartment in Olhão is just perfect, in the old part of town behind the two central churches and in amongst the pedestrianized and cobbled streets which lead down to the market and the sea front. The apartment itself is very spatious, with tall ceilings and large rooms, balconies at the front and back and a huge terrace (the size of the full building) at the top. The terrace is wonderful for sipping a cool drink as the sun sets, or for lounging around after breakfast.

The owner of the apartment has a lovely, colourful personality and made a wonderful welcome for us, making us feel very much at home from the beginning. She has placed her own unique stamp on the apartment, which is full of beautiful old furniture, paintings, drawings and curios collected in local antique markets. Small children would need to keep hands off!

Olhão might not at first seem like the most obvious place to stay in the Algarve, as it doesn't have its own beach (in common with most of the towns along this side of the Algarve) due to the sand-dune islands which have created the natural sea lagoon. But some beautiful beaches are a short ferry ride away on the islands, and the town has its own charms as a real working fishing town with a vibrant fish and vegetable market and an air of faded past glory in the architecture of the town centre. It's also a great base for exploring along the coast in either direction. We did this without a car, by using buses and trains (both the little bus and train stations are 10 minute walk from the apartment). But if you want to explore a bit more off the beaten track, the you could also rent a car in nearby Faro (which itself has a very beautiful old walled city, like a mini Vatican, a short train or taxi ride from Olhão). A trip to Tavira is also obligatory: a stunning little gem of a town (accessible by train or bus from Olhão).

The island with the most beautiful pristine beach is Culatra. You get to the beach walking across the dunes on a boarded, and in places raised, walkway. Armona is the nearest island, but we found the (natural) smell of the seaweed on the ocean side a little strong, and preferred Culatra or Farol.

All in all we had a lovely time, away from the resort crowds. People were very friendly, from taxi drivers to a little boy playing in the labyrinthine streets who led us to the supermarket.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2012
  • Date of Stay: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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8 6

Una casa de ensueño

  • 5 of 5

Estuvimos unos días en esta maravillosa casa, con techos altos, lámparas de ensueño, amplia, espaciosa, confortable, con muy buen gusto y todo tipo de detalles. Una casa de lujo,rehabilitada minuciosamente y preservando el alma de la casa. Arriba tenía una terraza preciosa con vistas a la iglesia, con nido y cigüeña incluida. Está en la parte antigua de Olhao muy bien comunicada, con el puerto y el mercado muy cerca. Pasamos unos días estupendos. La propietaria muy simpática y hospitalaria. Muy recomendable para descansar unos días y disfrutar de la buena vida portuguesa. Nos gustaría repetir en otro momento.

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2012
  • Date of Stay: March 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: For those readers who do not understand Spanish, I have translated this review into English: We stayed for a few days in this marvellous house with high ceilings, dreamy lamps... spacious, roomy, comfortable, tastefully decorated and with all kinds of details. A luxury home, meticulously restored, preserving the soul of the house. The top had a beautiful terrace overlooking the church, including a stork's nest. It's in the old part of Olhao, well connected with the harbour and the market. We spent some fabulous days there. The owner is very friendly and hospitable. We highly recommended it for a few days' rest and enjoying the good life in Portugal. We would like to return another time.
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect location. Very clean and beautiful décoration. We stayed there two or three Times and we always enjoyed the place. The house is great and galina is always available for anything. The appartement is spotless. The Town is great. Lot of restaurant and beautiful beaches. We Will return there this summer.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Appartement très décevant

  • 2 of 5

Appartement spectaculaire selon les photos mais décevant une fois sur place. Il est bien situé dans la vielle ville et à l'étage( bonne volée de marches) et près de tous les services y compris de la promenade en bord de mer. Cependant l'ameublement est vieillot et très peu confortable. Les nombreuses portes fenêtres ferment mal et laissent le froid et l'humidité entrer. Aucun confort n'y est possible à l'hiver. Je ne recommande pas cette location à l'hiver.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2014
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
11 Kilometres
Colina Verde
Nearest Train
400 Metres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
EN125 & A22
Nearest Beach
400 Metres
3 islands reachable by ferry (15, 30, 40 minutes)
Car: not necessary

Olhao is the perfect place to feel far away from the international tourist crowd. Easy to get to from Faro airport, this old working fishing town has great local character and faded grandeur from its prosperous past as a major sardine canning town. (If you think that you might like Havana, then this is the town for you) With its distinctive mix of crumbling old grand houses, Moorish square buildings which tower up in little piles of white cubes, and narrow alleyways where the fishermen still live, its many charms will slowly work their magic on you. Little braziers outside front doors waft the smell of grilling sardines, and fishermen mend their nets on the quays. Olhao has seafront restaurants, large covered fresh food markets, parks, and a fine supermarket. One of Portugal's five renowned Nature Parks is on the edge of town. The tree-lined Avenida, two fine churches, a marina with yachts and fishing boats, a park and promenade with ancient palm trees alongside the waterfront, all add to the character of the town. The secret of this unexplored paradise is that, although Olhao is on the sea, the beaches are a short ferry ride away from the town to the wonderful empty sandbank islands of the Ria Formosa nature reserve it is part of. Days at the beach will offer a choice of wide Atlantic beaches or quiet lagoons, a few restaurants and bars and a delightful wander through the islands' small holiday/fishing communities. Olhao is fairly quiet in the spring and autumn. During the summer the Portuguese come with their families, and the waterfront restaurants and bars are busy in the evenings with families and young people enjoying themselves. It is fairly inexpensive compared to most places in the Algarve. There is little to do but soak up the sun and enjoy the local life and explore, or take a train or bus to other places such as Tavira or Faro for a more cosmopolitan experience. Sun, sand, sea and seafood, and lovely Portuguese people.


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
Low season 2
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
11 night minimum stay

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A deposit of 30% to be paid to hold the booking, and the remaining 70% one month before. A 300 Euro refundable deposit to be paid on arrival. If the remaining 70% is not paid in time, the booking may be cancelled by the owner.

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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