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When planning a few days holiday we almost by accident started looking in Portugal and then came across our destination on HomeAway.com. It’s short transfer from the airport was one of the benefits as we had an infant with us and so keeping the traveling time down was important. We arrived in the evening and found the apartment easily. The property was well positioned for access to shops restaurants and beach. Even more convenient was the swimming pool which was just a few steps from the apartment - handy to take a break from the heat occasionally. The apartment came well equipped with washing machine, TV with satellite stations, WiFi and Nespresso machine. A car is essential but just as most things are a bit too far to walk however you don’t need to drive far for most things. We enjoyed the fact that things at this time of year (late September) were a bit quieter though the temperatures were still high enough. We had a great stay in Almancil and can recommend this property to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday
We have stayed in Olhao previously, so knew what to expect. We had a wonderful five days and the hot sunny weather helped. The apartment is really lovely, very modern and extremely clean. It has been maintained well. The owners (Mark & Hayley) are close by should you need anything, which is nice to know, but really, the apartment has everything that you could possibly need and the rooftop pool is a bonus, as is the apartment balcony, which has luxurious chairs, sofa and table. Also a bonus, is two modern lifts to the apartments. Olhao is only a 15 minute (20 euros) taxi journey from Faro airport, making it a place that you can visit without a car should you prefer. We visited Faro and Tavira via the train (easy to do with the help of the local info office and inexpensive). The beach is accessed via a short ferry journey (15 min walk from the apartment) - the ferries are often and not expensive. The majority of the restaurants are a 15 minute pleasant coastal walk from the apartment, but there are two bars and places to eat within a 2 min walk from the apartment ('Emotions' is especially good). We will be back.