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Ultra modern spacious apartment centrally located close to all amenities

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights


Olhão Apartment Rental Photos and Description

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.


More Details
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
October 13, 2016
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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.

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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based on 24 traveler reviews

Ultra modern spacious apartment centrally located close to all amenities
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 25 reviews
United Kingdom

Great Location in the Heart of Olhao

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is extremely well appointed, with great attention to detail. It's a perfect place to base yourself. Lucie & Nicholas are very friendly & helpful hosts, ready to assist with any information and tips on restaurants, places to visit, etc. The place is so conveniently placed to explore the town & beyond. It's reasonably priced and I would not hesitate to recommend it to friends & relatives.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive comments. We are pleased you enjoyed the holiday, this time in Olhao and hopefully next year we can accommodate you either in the town or the island. The proximity of everything, restaurants, shops, markets, rail links has a distinct attraction and you certainly took advantage of that. Best wishes and hopefully we see you again next year ... Lucie
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Great terrace !!

  • 4 of 5

Brilliant stay in August 16

Good help from the owners ref local info and taxis etc

Lovely sun terrace with shade , Great patio with table & chairs next to kitchen/diner/TV room

All equipment and more included in apt especially the handy shopping trolley, ideal for groceries and beach days

Central location , just short walks to sea front anf fabulous "local"portuguese restaurants , ferries and train station

All in all an excellent stay

Well recommended

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased you enjoyed your first stay in Olhao so much so you want to return in 2017. You had an opportunity to try the local 'fare' which you did and obviously enjoyed all that the apartment has to offer in terms of equipment, facilities, sun terraces, shade and its proximity to the local markets, train station and restaurants. Thank you for sharing your experience with other travellers
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Olhao and stayed right in the centre of the old town. Close to train station,the markets and the ferry to islands. The property was top class and had everything we needed. If there was any issue we had direct contact with manager. Lots of restaurant's in area. Spoilt for choice. We will be back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ladies, pleased you enjoyed yourselves and the town itself, so much so that one of you is returning shortly as a property owner.. great news. It is always good to hear that the manager of the property, in our absence, is attentive to guests so I will pass your comments on. See you soon again!
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  • 5 of 5

This is one of the most amazing places we have stayed in Olhao. The owners Lucie and Nicholas were very friendly and very helpful when needed. The apartment itself has everything you could need for the complete self catering holiday. The place was spotlessly clean and it has the most amazing mattress on the master bed so much so I did not miss my bed. We can highly recommend this apartment and its our intention to return. Olhao itself was wonderful as always the people, food and of course sunshine was wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for your lovely comments. If I was to describe you to anyone I would say you are one's perfect guests; you looked after the property as if it was your own which is always important to us, you embraced life in Olhao to its fullest, ready to share what new places you have found, restaurant experiences etc. We are always keen, as hosts, to see our guests enjoy their stay and you both certainly did despite having spent many holidays here in the past! We would love to host you again at some point. Best wishes Lucie & Nicholas
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Great apartment in the middle of everything

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 10 days in this light and airy apartment and it all went too quick.

It was spotlessly clean with everything you wanted even better than the photos, with lots of little details that we weren't expecting The shopping trolley came in very handy for the supermarket shop Lucie wasn't joking about all the trolleys lined up inside. She also told us about the Saturday market where you could buy a bag of oranges to use in the juicer which she had to show us how to was delicious. She also recommended some restaurants that we used and were really inexpensive . We found the local people were very friendly when we stopped to have a coffee in one of the many cafes

It was very handy for the trains which we used to go to Fuseta and Tavira we also went on a boat trip to the islands very enjoyable

We had to laugh when the church bells pealed(not chimed) the dogs joined in.

Lucie and Nicholas were a lovely couple,very helpful and it was so nice that they were so easy to talk to.

Would definitely recommend this apartment

Jill & Michael

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for your very complimentary comments; we are pleased you enjoyed your stay and found our recommendations helpful both in terms of places to eat, things to do, the fantastic markets including the Saturday open air market. Olhao is a quirky place, full of character and as you say, relatively inexpensive. We look forward to seeing you back in Olhao sometime soon! Best wishes to you both, Lucie & Nicholas
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Relax and enjoy

  • 4 of 5

Ideal property in an ideal location with shops and numerous restaurants within a five minutes walk. Apartment was well furnished and spotless. Everything is available to ensure that you want for nothing. Many thanks to both Lucie and Nicholas for being such great hosts.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for your comments; we are delighted you found the apartment to your liking, close to shops and restaurants and equipped with everything you might need. We look forward to hosting you again at some future date.
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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:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low season 2-2016
Oct 3 2016 - Oct 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
Low Season 1, 2016/17
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
5 night minimum stay
Christmas 2016
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 9 2017 - Feb 28 2017
5 night minimum stay
Low season 1-2017
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
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 $122

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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Olhão Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
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

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