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Ultra modern spacious apartment centrally located close to all amenities

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment in Olhao, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Old Town, 3 Mins Walk To Shops, Cafes, 7 Min Walk To Seafront And Famous Markets

5 * Property registered with the Portuguese authorities - (legal requirement since Dec 2014) AL number 20408/AL.

The property is situated in the old town on a double stand spanning three streets, less than 100m from the famous church of Nossa Senhora do Rosario. Built in 1698 with contributions from the fishermen, the church was the first stone building in the town. The town itself has smartened up considerably over the last few years and offers some interesting things to do. These include visiting the local fish market, which is very different to your supermarket fish counter at home. There is also an impressive aquarium. Or you can take a guided walk through the marshes and dunes that border the Ria Formosa lagoon. Other nice things to do include strolling through the gardens dedicated to Patrao Joaquim Lopez, (the founder of Portugal's lifeboat service) where you will find typical blue azulejos (tiles) illustrating the story of the treacherous sea journey from Olhao to Brazil in the Bom Sucesso in 1808. The town has a number of attractive old churches, including the Igreja Matriz which houses the Algarve's highest altar. There is some lovely architecture with cubist buildings and villas built by Europeans in the Moorish style. Olhao is where inexpensive ferries depart from the harbour for the nearby islands of Armona, Culatra and Farol, which, with their beautifully quiet sandy beaches, are one of Europe’s best kept secrets. A trip to any of these makes a pleasant excursion and the beaches are well worth a visit. Once at Armona, you can walk from the lagoon side to the ocean side of the island in about half an hour, past small beach houses on either side of the non-traffic pathway. Take a picnic if you choose.

Many say Olhão is one of the nicest towns along the coast. While many other coastal towns thrive mainly on tourism, Olhao has retained its original character with a strong Moorish influence and still functions as the main fishing port in the Algarve. The result is that it is very lively throughout the year in contrast to other tourist towns which are often quite dead outside the tourist season. Olhão is a town for people who like the real Portugal, its history and culture, the beautiful islands and beaches, the nature reserve and the beautiful hinterlands. So this is not the place for clubbers, loud bar lovers etc.

The 1.3 km promenade is one of the best in the whole Algarve, due to its green space, children’s play areas, the famous red brick buildings housing the covered daily (except Sundays) fish, fruit and vegetable markets, the local products/ outdoor market on Saturday and the many excellent cafés/coffee shops, bars and restaurants, serving everything from pizza, tapas to fantastic fresh seafood. Significant parts of the town have recently undergone extensive renovation including many of the largo or squares and this is still the case. Olhao is a pretty place to just lounge and drink a coffee/beer.

As prices in the restaurants are about the best in the Algarve, many tourists eat out, but guests who enjoy cooking can visit the markets and enjoy the exceptionally well equipped kitchen in which to prepare food in.

This large apartment sleeps 4. As soon as you enter the door you get an immediate feeling for the space and light within. This is something every guest has commented upon to us, the owners. The apartment boasts two very large outdoor terraces from which you can enjoy great views over the old town. This property offers exceptional outdoor space which you do not get in many other Olhao properties, comfort, luxury and character for discerning guests.

From the apartment, you can explore the shops in the cobbled walkways. With the seafront so close by, you can reach the main promenade through winding cobbled back streets in 5 minutes.


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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2017

About The Owner

We are a South African family who moved to the United Kingdom in early 2000. We first purchased a beach cottage in Armona in 2006 recognising that it would offer us a lifestyle very close to that which we so enjoyed in South Africa; long hours of sunshine, relaxed lifestyle and lovely beaches nearby and this has certainly been the case. As time went by, we were very taken by the vibrancy of Olhao, the authenticity of the town, shabby chic we call it.... We particularly enjoy the markets and Saturday market day so decided to renovate a further property there which we are delighted to share with you. We are very familiar with both the island of Armona and the town of Olhao and feel we can offer you a rather unique experience.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 2009

Why The Owner chose Olhao

We bought the property in Olhao because we loved its position and proximity to cafes, shops and restaurants. Olhao is an incredibly lively place filled with the noisy atmosphere of daily fish markets. Both fruit and fish markets are world renowned and commented upon in all the guide books. In addition, within ten minutes we can be on the ferry to our property on the island of Armona. If you would like to split your stay between the two properties we would be happy to accommodate you. (Jabulani, Armona Island).

What makes this apartment unique

The property is both airy and spacious with lovely views. It is not necessary to have a car as it is right in the town. It is a way of life for the Olhanense to drink coffee with friends and eat out with the whole family and the number of cafes and restaurants in the town is incredible and part of the fun is to discover new places to eat and drink. Prices are much lower than in the more commercial holiday areas along the coast and the welcome genuine. Most of all Olhao is a laid-back town where you can relax, take your time, chat to the some of the local characters, and really chill out and enjoy what the town has to offer. In the summer season, the town comes alive at night particularly during the August week long seafood festival with stalls and street entertainment.

The nearby beaches are some of the finest in Europe and the ferry ride is all part of a great day out. We love it, we hope you do too!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"You have a very beautiful apartment with such a well appointed and tasteful kitchen. We have been enjoying some nice dinners already on the terrace with a glass of Portuguese wine."

"We have holidayed in Portugal for nearly 20 years, but this was definitely one of our best experiences. Everything in the apartment, kitchen, bathrooms, terraces, outside furniture were of an exceptionally high standard".

"Your apartment was very nice - we made a lot of food there, because we love cooking and it was easy to find marvellous fresh ingredients in the markets, highlights were Rocha da Pena, nice but hot walk in totally different nature than the Algarve coast".

"It was a lovely break. Thank you very much. The apartment was stunning and we couldn't have asked for a more relaxing and enjoyable time. Will definitely recommend the place to our friends and family"

"Returning for third time, we just love the apartment"

"What could you not like about such a well equipped apartment"
Jul 2010
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Olhão Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • En-suite bathroom with seperate large shower, wc, bidet, linen basket and towel radiator. 2nd bathroom with bath/shower over, wc, bidet and towel radiator. Both bathrooms are exceptionally modern & beautifully tiled.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (air-conditioned) with king size bed, fantastically modern en-suite bathroom, balconies off both the bedroom and the bathroom. Bedroom 2 with two twin wrought iron beds and balcony. All bedrooms have wardrobes, bedside tables & chest of drawer
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Notes on accommodation: This large spacious apartment is situated in the old Moorish town of Olhao and accessed via Rua dos Cordoeiros, parallel to Rua Luis da Camoes . It is fitted with contemporary furniture and all the latest modern conveniences. Wrought iron beds, granite worktops and granite dining table. Italian tiled bathrooms, leather sofa and rattan cane chairs in living area. The apartment has hand carved wooden windows, which are double-glazed with shutters. You may well find cheaper accommodation in other parts of Olhao but much of this consists of small apartments away from the charm of the old town, balconies with no decent outside space. As guests have indicated, if you want top quality accomodation, cheap fish restaurants, bustling fishing boats and tidal estuaries, beaches to die for, a boat trip to the islands and amazing wildlife nearby, this one is for you. No pets or smoking permitted in the apartment. An information folder to help you enjoy your stay will be in the apartment. Outside: The apartment boasts two very large outside terraces, the first one adjoins the living room with a brick built bar-b-que, the second is the very large roof terrace with recliners, table and chairs. The patio doors in living area are made to fold back completely as shown in photographs. You can sit on either terrace with a glass of Portuguese wine and watch the world go by. From the lower terrace, you can walk up to the upper roof terrace which has a charming view across the rooftops towards the sea -visible on the horizon. The roof terrace has drying facilities and separate seating and recliners. Up here you get sunshine all day long! It is a quiet, peaceful and private spot, ideal for sunbathing or an afternoon nap! Utility Room: Utility cupboard with vacuum cleaner, ironing board, iron, laundry basket/pegs, cleaning equipment, beach umbrella, shopping trolley. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels (including beach towels) are provided. We ask tenants to leave the property in the condition in which they found it. A light clean is provided at end of stay


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

Ultra modern spacious apartment centrally located close to all amenities
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 31 reviews

Whats not to like!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed many times in Olhao but this appartment was by far the best accommodation we have had. The apartment is very light, bright and roomy. Everything from furniture to pots and pan to bed linen was really good quality, it was very well equipped with everything we needed and more. Nice little touches made all the difference. Loads of outside space a lovely terrace with table, chairs and barbecue and a lovely large roof terrace with great views equipped with table, chairs and sunbeds. We enjoyed a few sundowners on the roof watching the storks fly past! Can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lindsey for a very complimentary review. Your comments are particularly noteworthy in light of your knowledge of other local accommodation in the town itself. We are delighted you found everything you needed to be comfortable plus the little extras which all helps in terms of being able to enjoy one's stay fully. WE look forward to hosting you again at some point in the future. Best wishes Lucie & Nicholas
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The facilities and quality were first class

  • 4 of 5

There is not much to say about an almost perfect property. The only caveat is that the insulation qualities left a lot to be desired. Unfortunately we hit a mixed weather and were very cold in the living area as all the heat generated seemed to be lost as it was produced. Some curtaining in the living area would probably have helped. The situation was perfect for accessing all the facilities including transport.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ronald, you are the first person to have flagged this up but I know you were concerned about feeling the cold even before you went, perhaps you do more than others. You mention curtains but many others love the views offered by the bi-fold doors when open and the design of the unit doesn't really lend itself to curtains; we prefer shutters. We will explore other options when we return and advise guests that it can be cold at night. I am pleased you found the apartment and location perfect for your day trips out. Thank you for leaving it clean and tidy, always much appreciated. Best wishes, Lucie
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Amazing accommodation!!

  • 5 of 5

The accommodation was amazing, very clean and cosy. Very secure with an alarm and in an excellent location, very central and plenty of cafes close by, didn't get to meet the owners in person although had great communication throughout booking. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both, we were sorry to have missed you but delighted you enjoyed your stay and were well looked after. The location of the apartment is such that one can access everything which I gather you did. Thank you for sharing your experience with other potential guests. Lucie & Nicholas
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Superb apartment with everything you could need

  • 5 of 5

A very well equipped apartment in the old town of Olhao. Everything you need & more: a very well equipped kitchen particularly if you wish to take advantage of the local (fish & fruit/veg) markets; washer, dishwasher; v comfortable bedroom, a rooftop terrace with loungers, table & chairs & drying line; another terrace with dining table& chairs just outside folding doors.Walking distance to lots of places to eat, drink, shop & ferries to the islands.

Lucie & Nick are very friendly & helpful hosts who advised on where to visit & eat & park in the narrow (old town) /streets.

We would love to stay again

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great apartment + Great hosts + Great location + Great town + Great food = Great holiday.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. I know you dined out quite a bit and were very impressed with some of the restaurants in the town, I say some as I think you became frequent visitors to one or two! The proximity of the apartment to all that Olhao has to offer makes for an easy holiday. Nicholas & Lucie
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Great apartment, great locartion

  • 5 of 5

We spent 10 days in this gorgeous apartment, it was a real home from home for us. The property was clean and well maintained and exactly as described. We tried some of the cafes and restaurants recommended by Lucie and were pleasantly surprised at the good quality of the food served.

We didn’t hire a car and really did not miss out as we used the train to visit other places. There is a very good supermarket close by and the daily market has a wide selection of fruit, vegetables, fish and meat. We would recommend a ferry trip to the islands, as they have gorgeous beaches and are a great place to chill out in sheer tranquillity.

It was lovely to meet the owners – Lucie and Nicholas who were so helpful and very welcoming. We definitely want to return and would recommend this property to anyone who wants to experience a true Portuguese town.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for your very complimentary comments; Olhao is a fantastically well situated town affording holiday makers quite a unique experience, excellent restaurants, good train links, the nearby islands which you seem to have enjoyed. As you say a typically Portuguese town, unspoilt by tourism or high rise apartments making for a great holiday if that's what one wants. We look forward to seeing you again at some point. Nicholas & Lucie
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
0.25 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Nearest Train
0.3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
500 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Ilha da Armona


Olhao has a new harbour with cobbled walkways taking you along its picturesque waterfront. The fishing port and boating marina is less than ten minutes walk. In addition, you can take a short ferry ride or a water taxi to the beautiful unspoilt beaches on the islands of Armona, Culatra and Farol. The ferry leaves hourly in the high season from the port which is a 5 min walk from the house. There are no cars on the islands and both the lagoon and Atlantic side are easily accessible on foot.


Faro airport is twenty minutes away. If you do not hire a car, we can arrange transport directly to the apartment. Olhao train and bus station are both a short walk from the house. Everything you need including English papers is within 10 mins walk and we would argue that a car is not necessary. You may consider taking the train or coach to Lisbon and spending a day or two in the historic Portuguese capital, alternatively use Olhao as a base to visit Tavira by train or indeed Seville by coach.


The apartment is perfectly located with everything you need for a great holiday on your doorstep. Trains from Olhao or taxis can take you to Faro where its old cobbled walkways have some good shops and the walled old town is well worth a visit. 5-10 minutes walk away are the famous fish and fresh fruit markets and within a three minute walk you can access many bars, restaurants, cafes and shops. Tavira is also a delightful town to visit, easily accessible by train.

Further Details:

Olhao pronounced ”oll-yow” is famous for its cobbled walkways, as well as its daily fish and fresh fruit market and dozens of shops. The first sardine & canning factories in Olhao were opened back in 1882. When the traditional trade of fishing died off in favour of tourism in most other parts of the Algarve, Olhao remained a lively place filled with the noisy atmosphere of daily fish markets & the calls of fishermen as boats come in with their catches. Regarded as a rare gem (Guardian newspaper May 2009) it’s centre is crumbling, charming and faded, and stuffed full of appealingly batty characters, drawn by the abandoned, gloriously tile fronted, 19th century townhouses. Along with the traditional cube buildings from its heyday as the major fishing port, the town has some lovely old cobbled streets and easy access to the nearby islands.

The house is named after Luis Vaz de Camoes c. 1524 - 1580. He is considered the Portuguese language's greatest poet. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare, Vondel, Homer, Virgil, and Dante. He wrote a considerable amount of lyrical poetry and drama but is best remembered for his epic work Os Lusiadas (The Lusiads).

On Olhao's doorstep is the Ria Formosa nature reserve, a beautiful labyrinth of lagoons separated from the sea by a coastal dune system which is broken up by various natural inlets. It is one of the most important nature reserves in the network of wetlands that links Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, consists of more than 17000 hectares of unspoilt lagoon, home to hundreds of different breeding birds and a bird watchers paradise.

The Ria Formosa organisation is responsible for preserving this cultural heritage and has recovered the tide mill at Marim, (near Olhao) preserved a traditional tuna fishing boat and some Roman salt pans, and has a project for breeding the rare and extraordinary native water dogs which have webbed feet and were used by fishermen to herd fish into nets.


Rates & Availability

Olhão Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
April/ mid May 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 13 2017
5 night minimum stay
May/June 2017
May 14 2017 - Jun 30 2017
6 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid-season 2017
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 8 2017
6 night minimum stay
October 2017
Oct 9 2017 - Nov 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
Low season 2 -2017
Nov 5 2017 - Dec 17 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $129.36

Booking Notes.
Breakages deposits are refunded within 14 days subject to cleaning/inspection, less any deductions as stated above.

A stay of less than 6 days attracts €40 levy to cover extra clean

Where payments are made in currencies other than sterling, the exchange rate will be that which is applicable at the time each stage payment is made. Clients can make payment in full at booking stage to avoid any possible fluctuations.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible. We will work with your arrival time wherever possible and also departure time. We will look after your luggage should you arrive early or depart late.

Notes on prices:
A 20% surcharge is applied for more than two persons. Two persons requesting use of both bedrooms will attract a 10% surcharge. Payment in € will be at prevailing rate of exchange at point of payment.

Cancellation policy:

* No cancellation fee will be incurred for cancellations made after payment of first deposit, up to & including 90 days prior to arrival.
* Cancellation fee equal to 50% of total reservation cost is payable in the case of cancellations made between 90 and 30 days prior to arrival.
* Cancellation fee equal to 100% of total reservation cost is payable in the case of a cancellation made between 29 days prior to and date of arrival.
* 100% of the total cost for any non-arrival or no-show.
* Any refunds arising from a cancellation will incur a minimum 5% handling fee.

50% (25% in high season) of the total reservation cost is required to secure a booking with balance due 60 days before arrival. Reservations made within 60 days prior to arrival are payable within 48 hours of reservation request. A breakages deposit of £100 is payable and will be applied against any exceptional cleaning, and/or replacement of the property, furnishings, fixtures and fittings.

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