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Dr Lawrie Mitchell speaks English & French

Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, german on request

Apartment with town /island view and excellent light

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Olhao region - Apartamentos Via Mourisco

Luxury one bedroom, large lounge and big verandah plus spacious roof terrace

LATE BOOKING OFFER 10% REDUCTION TO COME FOR A WINTER BREAK UNTIL FEBRUARY 10TH FREE WI-FI IN THE APARTMENT AND ONLY WAY TO RECEIVE BBC/ITV is to .BRING YOUR LAPTOP AND STREAM ONLINE FROM WI-FI This lovely apartment can sleep four with a double bed in the bedroom and a large sofa bed in lounge. The verandah is very large and the roof terrace gives a great view over the town and to the offshore islands.. Also, we now have a baby cot. We have satellite TV with many English channels plus many French German, Spanish etc channels in the lounge. Aiir condition in large kitchen leading to the veranda. Equipped with cooker/oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/ dishwashing machine. I PERSONALLY MEET OUR GUEST AND AM AVAILABLE FOR ANY PROBLEMS WHICH MAY ARISE

It is situated on a pedestrianised area and very near Ria Shopping with its full supermarket, fashion stores, restaurants, pharmacy and even go-kart racing in the basement of Ria Shopping. Free underground parking in Ria Shopping. . Browse as you have a coffee or a drink-70 metres from the apartment. Internet cafe with full facilities, five minute walk from apartment. Free underground parking in Ria Shopping-70 metres from our apartment

Train station is five minutes walk and the marina for the boats to the offshore islands fifteen minutes walk-as are the fish market and seafood restaurants on the front.

Pets welcome on request

Why not enjoy the mild winter season in the Algarve.? Special rates for longer term. WE NOW REQUEST REVIEWS BUT PREFER THE WORD OF MOUTH RECOMMENDATION

Spain is 45 minutes by car and one hour by train. Some of the best beaches in Europe are within easy distance. either on the offshore islands or along the coast towards Spain. Faro is 10 kilometres away and is the charming , historic capital of the AlgarveThe climate in winter is ideal for those who wish to escape the rigours of a Northern winter, while the summers are hot and mainly dry.

This is an article published in the Guardian Newspaper in May 2009 by Kevin Gould and is still very much reflecting what this part of the Algarve is all about:

The article has been slightly shortened because of space constraints

At Faro airport there's a scrum of resort reps ready to meet and greet new arrivals. In an hour or so they'll be hitting their charges with the usual options: Do you want to play golf? Go go-karting? Cycle through mountains? Be dragged around important museums and art galleries?

No, not me thanks. I want to relax and do sweet nothing. In fact, I want a place where the locals have elevated doing not much to an art form. So, instead of turning left to the all-in, attraction-rich resorts, I catch a taxi for the 15 minutes to Olhão.

Pronounced "oll-yow", Olhão is the Algarve's largest fishing port. A rare gem, its centre is crumbling, charming, faded, and stuffed full of appealingly batty characters. The occasional tourist wanders about, wondering quite why they're here. I'm intent on being inert, but rouse myself sufficiently to discover that the jewel in its crown isn't actually in town, but a lovely ferry ride away.

Ria Formosa is an estuarine national park, with Olhão at its mouth and the wild Atlantic beyond. Around 80% of Portugal's clams are fished here, around its four low islands. Farol and Armona are where Lisbon folk maintain their holiday homes; Deserta is a sandy empty place for the Robinson Crusoe in you; Culatra is where the fishermen live, and they are delighted for you to be as active as you wish, as long as that includes watching the waves, counting your toes, playing dominoes, drinking cold drinks, and eating delicious fish.

There are four sailings a day to Culatra, and a return trip on the Rio Bello costs the price of a beer in an Algarve resort. Battalions of tartan shopping trollies bursting with green vegetables and juicy fruits from Olhão's markets are lashed to Rio Bello's blue-washed funnel, and we're off. The ferries are operated by men of a certain age who leap hither and thither, offering twinkly chivalrous winks to the ladies aboard. Though Culatra's only a mile or so offshore, we sail the long way over to avoid sandbanks and shrimp nets. The air smells clean and salty, families natter about everything and nothing, lapdogs snap, an earnest student sketches another earnest student, young lovers gently snog and strangers strike up friendships.

Culatra feels like the start of a love affair right from the moment we nudge alongside its long slender jetty. I amble along the sandy concrete path towards Café Janoca, past the stout whitewashed chapel and the rusty anchor outside it. A table of fishermen plays noisy dominoes next to a family of quiet pale newly-arrived townies; when I pass again four hours later, the family are still there, only now playing dominoes with the fishermen and laughing

Save a few tractors for dragging boats up the beach, there are no motor vehicles on Culatra. There are no roads either, so I walk the sandy path into the settlement's cluster of low-built houses and cottages. About 700 people live here year round. Their homes are huddled close to each other and at first sight, appear unremarkable. Up close, I see that the Culatrans coax exquisite gardens out of the sand with wildflowers, succulents, shell patterns and mad blushes of bougainvillea. Old fishing nets and briny ropes enclose the gardens, and lines of washing flap in the Atlantic breeze.

The boardwalk deposits me on a beach so long that its edges are lost in heat haze shimmer. The beach is wide, clean and empty: it is May Day holiday weekend, and there are 11 people on it, including me, and I'm the only one not lying flat on my back. Instead, I get a healthy blast of ocean ozone, a rush of blood to the head and lope off to the left, deciding vaguely to circumnavigate the island.

The sun shouts down from a sapphire sky clotted with three tiny cottony clouds. The sand scintillates in the bright island light and, coolly tonic on my hot feet, the Atlantic sparkles like chainmail. There are well-fed seagulls wheeling above and wagtails dipping their beaks where the rippled water recedes. There are no nasty oil-marks on the beach, nor weedy sewage outfalls. There are no Fantas or Magnums on ice, no sellers of souvenirs, no racks of postcards, no loutish boomboxes, no plastic rubbish, no deckchairs for rent, no jet-skis to annoy me, no windsurfing lessons not to take. For ages there is nobody but me, alone with my thoughts, which have slowed down with the rhythm of the sea.

I'm joined at a distance by four fishermen. They are waist deep in the water, harnessed by yellow straps to box nets that they wiggle backwards through the sandy shallows in search of cockles. A sailboat tacks over the horizon and, after an hour or so of fast walking, I'm at one end of the beach. Every now and again, a jet glides high overhead with its pink cargo of resort-bound action seekers. The way back around the other side of the island to the settlement is even emptier, save for a dozen clam diggers in the distance, bent like question marks over the sand.

Instead, and having missed the ferry, I join some other dreamers to share a speedboat water taxi back to the mainland. We pay €5 each and fall into the 7 Estrellas bar (Travesa Alexandre Herculano, opposite the meat market), where small tumblers of excellent wine from the cask are 30 cents a throw. We're joined by one of the town barbers, who paints beautiful watercolours between punters. A shirtless man walks past, braying like a donkey. "You think he's crazy?" asks our barber/painter: "His brother the mayor is madder."

Olhão is home to many a nutty enthusiast. Some come from outside, drawn by the abandoned, gloriously tile-fronted, 19th-century townhouses which are yours for a song. Some come from here and spend their days eating snails and clams, and talking hilarious philosophical rot for each other's gentle entertainment. The mayor has established a zoo on the prettily gardened seafront. And stocked it entirely with terrapins.

The most stylish Olhãonense are architects Filipe Monteiro and Eleonore Lefebure. Filipe and Eleonore take me for a meander through the old medina barrio, where alleys double-back on each other, where the sun-and time-faded walls could have been painted by Mark Rothko, where the smell of sardines grilling outside is narcotic, where the air resounds to endless "bom dias" and church bells.

Leaving Olhão and Culatra was the most difficult thing I did in all my days there. Getting the best out of the town and its island heaven requires dedication only to the art of idling. People-watching, navel-gazing, and gentle meandering are all that are really required of you, and doing so little actually allows you to find yourself too. When you visit you'll probably find me back in the 7 Estrellas, discussing the finer points of terrapin keeping, spending lazy days on Culatra's beaches, and my nights on Olhão's tiles.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Dr Lawrie Mitchell speaks English & French (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, german on request

About Dr Lawrie Mitchell speaks English & French

I AM A SCOTTISH MEDICAL DOCTOR WHO HAS BEEN WORKING IN WEST AFRICA FOR MANY YEARS. FOR THE PAST 11 YEARS HAVE FOUNDED AND DIRECTED A CHARITY . YOU CAN SEE US ON IMAGE IS OF MYSELF ,MY WIFE AND SHEILA

Dr Lawrie Mitchell speaks English & French purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Dr Lawrie Mitchell speaks English & French chose Olhao region

Portugal was my first overseas visit when I did a student holiday job many years ago.Have also worked as medical doctor in the Algarve and grew to love the area, the people and the climate-inexpensive restaurant meals and good cheap wine may also have had something to do with it!. We have three apartments in Olhao which while in Algarve is still a working Portuguese town Each of our apartments is well located-one, one minute from the quay for the boats to the isands, one 7 minutes and the last one 15 minutes from the quay.The first apartement is rented until mid July 2013. This property with great views of the town and so near Ria Shopping attracted us immediately. If you come you will see why. Not many have a veranda as expansive as ours

What makes this apartment unique

Great views of the town and offshore islands in the distance, Fine veranda and proximity to Ria Shopping with it's range of shops, supermarket, pharmacy restaurants, go-kart racing etc. All attractions of the town are within easy walking distance

Reviews

4.6
based on 12 holidaymaker reviews

Apartment with town /island view and excellent light
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 12 reviews
5

A bright, large apartment in a nice area of Olhao

  • 5 of 5

We spent three enjoyable weeks in February 2016, which for us, was a break from Canada's winter.

The apartment is clean,large and light with a spacious terrace. The photographs shown are true to what we found.

Lawrie organized a taxi from and to the airport, also met us on arrival. There were some concerns raised by previous rentals about the bed, but it was replaced by a new one within days of our stay.

We enjoyed being able to walk to the supermarket, with easy access to train station and waterfront. We always felt safe in this authentic Portuguese fishing village.

An added bonus for us would have been a wheeled shopping trolley, as we always bought too much to carry. We would recommend this vacation property to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the trouble to write this very nice review -much appreciated. I did not put in the wheeled shopping trolley, since Ria Shopping complex is 100 meteres from the apartment, but will now rectify for heavier purchases Regards Dr Lawrie Mitchell
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5

Spacious and Sunny

  • 5 of 5

We spent a month at this property and were very glad to have chosen it indeed. Lawrie arranged a taxi from Faro on our arrival and he and his wife Eme were most welcoming. What a wonderful and interesting couple they are! We particularly enjoyed the large south facing deck and bright kitchen. Lawrie even purchased a new barbecue for the property when he realized we enjoy grilling. A very thoughtful thing to do.

Our time in Olhao was very enjoyable and this property was a very positive part of our holiday. We were sad to leave.

C Jensen

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Carol and Carl Homeaway found the review and you can imagine that Eme and myself are happy to see such a positive review You can come back again!! Eme and Lawrie
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4

Spacious light apartment

  • 4 of 5

The apartment is very spacious with lots of light and a large terrace. Very well equipped with everything you might need especially for the very good value price. In walking distance of everywhere in Olhão. However we would recommend the pillows and mattress are renewed.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Denise Your review much appreciated. My wife and two other guests have said we could improve on the bed and the pillows This will be done during the next couple of weeks.Look forward to meeting you both again Regards Dr Mitchell
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4

Very enjoyable

  • 4 of 5

The owner met us at the apartment and explained everything. He gave us several reviews for restaurants in town and a map where they were located. It is centrally located in the Algarve and we took day trips from the west coast to the east coast all without trouble.

The apartment itself is large and well equipped. Parking was no trouble within walking distance. The only negative would have been the bed which we did not find as comfortable as other places we stayed in.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Olhao

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in Portugal not knowing what to expect.l, this being our first visit. We've had a wonderfully relaxing week and was so pleased with this clean and well equipped apartment. Lawrie could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable about the area. Also arranged taxi to and from the airport. Looking forward to returning. :-)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Apartment in Olhao

  • 5 of 5

Pleasantly surprised with this homely spacious apartment. Everything you needed was there. It was clean and well maintained.The bed was comfortable which is something often missing. We were pleased there was a lift. A bonus was the nearby supermarket for those doing self catering and a local restaurant A Lagosta which the owner recommended to us was fantastic - and cheap. We were most grateful for the owners' assistance in arranging a taxi for our transfers with polite helpful drivers. We would not hesitate to go again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
14 Kilometres
Faro Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Cafe Mourisco
Nearest Ferry
75 Kilometres
Portimao
Nearest Golf
17 Kilometres
Quinta de Lago
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
Olhao
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
A22
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
Ria Shopping
Nearest Ski
180 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
1.2 Kilometres
Armona access by boat. Quay 15 minutes by foot
Car: not necessary

ONLY AVAILABLE DATES FROM JUNE 15TH TO JUNE 20TH BEFORE SEPTEMBER 20TH WE WELCOME LONG TERM RENTALS FOR ALL BBC/ITV AND MANY FRENCH GERMAN CHANNELS ONE WAY IS TO BRING YOUR LAPTOP AND STREAM ONLINE FREE.INTERNET NOW AVAILABLE IN THE APARTMENT .HDM1 CABLE SUPPLIED TO VIEW ON FULL TV SCREEN NEW---ANDROID M BOX NOW IN THE APARTMENT. THROUGH THE ROUTER YOU CAN PICK UP A HUGE NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL TV/ RADIO CHANNELS ALSO WE NOW HAVE ANOTHER VERY NICE, CENTRAL TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT AVAILABLE ON HOMEAWAY.CO.UK . REFERENCE 1320966. CONTACT US FOR DETAILS A NEW BED AND GOOD ORTHOPAEDIC MATTRESS JUST INSTALLED ALSO , TO FURTHER ENJOY THE LARGE VERANDA, WE HAVE PUT IN A WEBER BARBECUE Holiday in a mainly non-touristy region of the Algarve. Olhao , a typical Portuguese town of 25,000 and Moorish influences, lies between Faro and Tavira with wonderful beaches on the offshore islands. Train and bus station in town including the famous Alfa Pendular train to Lisbon and Porto. Spain is 45 minutes by car with train and bus connections available

Best fish market in the Algarve with many inexpensive restaurants. It is a paradise for fish lovers and the well known chicken piri-piri dishes etc Golf within 25 kilometres. Airport 20 minutes away. Even in winter the weather is mild, with long warm summers

There is no beach in Olhao, but a 20 minute ferry ride will take you to great beaches on the offshore islands of Armona, Culatra and Farol. Nearest good beach by land is Fuzeta, which is 10 kilometres distance by road-also a train connection. Beyond Fuzeta are many magnificent beaches.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Olhao, Olhao region

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
MID
1 Apr 2016 - 15 Jun 2016
4 night minimum stay
£169
for 4 nights
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£36
£277
£795
 
 
HIGH
16 Jun 2016 - 15 Sep 2016
4 night minimum stay
£209
for 4 nights
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£46
£347
£825
 
 
MID
16 Sep 2016 - 16 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
£609
for 4 nights
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£146
£275
£775
 
 
LOW
17 Nov 2016 - 16 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
£465
for 4 nights
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£675
 
 
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4 night minimum stay
£193
for 4 nights
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£42
£315
£775
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £5
cleaning £25

RATES INCLUSIVE OF GAS, WATER, ELECTRICITY AND CLEANING . PAYMENT CAN BE MADE IN POUNDS ONLINE-BETTER FOR YOU SECURITY
A RENTAL CONTRACT (CONTRAT DE LOCATION) CAN BE GIVEN ON REQUEST TOUTES CHARGES COMPRISES

FOR STAYS OVER THREE MONTHS RATE IS FROM 650 POUNDS PER MONTH

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Olhao region in Algarve

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 4
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 85 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Lift ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • Normal equipped continental bathroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • One double bed-good quality.Built-in double wardrobe, dresser and mirror. Large sofa bed in lounge.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
Can smoke on veranda. Free underground parking at Ria Shopping Wi-Fi areas nearby

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