About the property
- Apartment1054 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Apartment in Olhao, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Stunning Views Over The Ocean And Ria Formosa Nature Reserve
A beautiful, spacious, 3rd floor, one-bedroom apartment located within Marina Village, on the waterfront, in the heart of historic Olhao. This modern, newly furnished, air-conditioned apartment has a large balcony where you can sit and enjoy the stunning, uninterrupted views of the ocean and Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. There is a pool on the rooftop where you can enjoy a 360-degree view over the town of Olhao, the marina, and across to the sandspit islands of Armona and Culatra with their beautiful white, sandy beaches. These ihlas are easily reached by ferries that run from the quayside, just a short walk away, along the pleasant, paved promenade. A wealth of restaurants, shops and bars can be found along the waterfront and in the winding, cobbled back streets, all within walking distance. Olhao has a daily market where you can buy freshly caught fish and seafood, and locally grown fruit and vegetables.
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- May 24, 2018
We live in North Wales and first holidayed in the Eastern Algarve in 2007. We love it here, with the relaxing pace of life, the friendly people, the beautiful beaches and the all-year-round sun. The flight to Faro is only two and a half hours for us, and then from the airport it's a 15 minute drive to Olhao. If we catch an 8.00 am flight we can be here by lunchtime. When we had the chance to buy this lovely waterfront apartment here, with such a stunning view of the ocean and nature reserve, we couldn’t resist it.
Owner purchased this Apartment in 2010
Why Owner chose Olhão
We consider this area of the Algarve to be largely unspoilt by tourism. Although Olhao is a tourist destination it retains its charm as it is still very much a traditional Portuguese fishing town. The restaurants here have lovely, fresh food and wine at very reasonable prices, whereas many other holiday destinations have become expensive, especially to eat out. We love taking the ferry to the sandspit islands of Armona or Culatra; it is like stepping back in time, wandering past the pretty beach houses that line the paths to the beautiful white sandy beaches. There are no cars there and the beaches are never crowded, even in high season. The countryside inland is beautiful and we have spent many days exploring the various tiny hilltop villages where time seems to have stood still.
What makes this Apartment unique
All the restaurants, cafe-bars, shops, markets and banks are within a short walk of the apartment, yet at the same time, it is just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the main street in Olhao, so you have the best of both worlds. You can chill out on the balcony, or in the rooftop pool after a day of sightseeing. The fact that only a few of the apartments in the building have access to this pool is definitely a bonus. The views and sunsets from our balcony are breathtaking; the only downside is having to tear ourselves away from the view when it is time to return home to the UK. After all, there are not many places you get the chance to see pink flamingoes whilst you are eating your breakfast..
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Check-in: 12:00 AM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
What a fantastic apartment! Great balcony. Clean and comfortable. Good location. Roof terrace pool!
We were met by Stephan who was very welcoming and helpful. The apartment is very comfortable with all mod cons and is a short walking distance from the harbour and town. There is a fish,meat and veg market just down the road where we brought fresh food and self catered but there are plenty of restaurants if you prefer to eat out. The TV has more chanels than you could wish for which was great for the two days we had terrible weather and if its impotant to you the WI FI is good. We are avid bird watchers and the view from the balcony was lovely we saw flamingo every day. The roof terrace pool is lovely and a real bonus. We hired bikes for the day and cycled to Fuesta which was lovely, got the Ferry to Armona also lovely and walked for miles. We loved this stay and would definately reccomend it.
Excellent Accommodation with lovely views near to a lively busy town
We stayed in this property from 11 -17 September. It is in a very modern apartment block with spacious accommation and excellent security and a lift . The view from the large terrace was lovely although the road in front could get busy but not really a problem on the 3rd floor. The apartment was fitted to a high standard and was extremely clean. The owner Julia responded promptly to any queries we had before our arrival.
We were able to get a early check in and the meet an greet went smoothly. We didn't have any issues during our stay so hadno need to contact the management company.
Olhao is not the most scenic of towns but the harbour which is about 10 mins walk of the apartment has lovely views and is bustling and lively both day and night. Great choice of restaurants serving lovely fish but plenty of choice fo the meat lovers as well. It is also a lot cheaper than other places we have been to in the Algarve as well as being only 15 /20mins from the airport. Vino verde on tap for a large glass at 2 euros at the harbour hard to beat. The locals were also friendly and understand English but also French and Spainish as there were a lot of both nationalities. The train station is approx 15 minute walk and regular ferries to other islands. We went to Armona and views were amazing. There is a Lidl supermarket nearby but the local Pingo Doce near the harbour was more than adequate. A small grocery store a few blocks away has just opened and this was very convenient for small purchases.
Would certainly go back to this apartment and also Olhao as I loved the non touristy feel and the morning market had lovely fresh fruit. We didn't hire a car as we have been to a lot of places in the Algarve and it's perfectly possible to do without one.Have stayed in a number of villas/ apartments and find a smallWelcome pack with water, coffee and milk is much appreciated after a early morning flight. As we were tired and thirsty when we arrived it meant to we to go out immediately and look for a supermarket. An information pack is provided by the management company but the guest comment book in the drawer in the lounge gives a lot of valuable insider tips
Great apartment all white appliances you needed. Lovely views and a pool to soak in to unwind.
Great location away from the hustle and bustle brilliant views. Easy to get to other towns ferry, bus and train.
Just returned from a very lovely 11 night stay. The apartment was perfectly situated and had lovely views. Easy access to town by foot and easy to get to a local supermarket. The apartment was very well equipped and spacious. Large TV and good choice of channels. Very quick to get there from Faro and we were met at the apartment and given a guided tour and an explination to how the various appliances worked.
Would defo return again as there is so much to do in this beautiful area.
Wonderful apartment & lovely town to stay in.
We've had a fabulous time staying in this apartment. Julia has been very helpful & efficient in dealing with any queries we had before we went. On arriving we were met quickly by Hannah who gave us the keys to the apartment & spent time with us explaining how things worked around the place and also about the area and how to find shops, restaurants etc. First thing we did was to have a dip in the rooftop pool which was lovely, plenty sun beds & always quiet. The view up there is fantastic as is the view from the apartment balcony.
The apartment had everything you could possibly need, we were even tempted to do a little self catering on a couple of occasions! The bed is rather hard but we managed & maybe some new pillows would be good. Two bathrooms was great to have as they both had basins with good storage underneath. Lounge was a good size with a comfortable suite & big television with DVD player etc. Air con was a blessing especially in the bedroom but it also helped having electric shutters on the windows to keep everywhere cool in the heat of the day.
Olhao is 10 mins walk along the front, plenty restaurants & bars but nothing too touristy as it seems to be a town for locals as well to enjoy. Very inexpensive to eat out in comparison to other towns in the Algarve & the people are so friendly & helpful.
We didn't hire a car but we still did some sightseeing as the trains are cheap & run to Faro, Tavira etc every hour. We also got the inexpensive ferries over to the nearby islands where the sandy beaches are amazing & the little villages are beautiful.
We had really good weather which made the holiday perfect & would definitely return & stay at this apartment again.
Great apartment and location
From the time we inquired about the apartment until we left everything met our expectations
Special interest holidays: The apartment overlooks the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve and the sea. The bird life on view is amazing - a bird twitcher's paradise! Coast/Beach: The unspoilt, white sandy beaches and clear waters of the offshore sandpit islands of Ilha da Armona and Ilha da Culatra are easily reached by ferries that run from the quayside, at the eastern end of Olhao's waterfront. Armona is the closest to Olhao and has a few cafes/restaurants. Ihla do Farol, where the lighthouse is, at the western end of Culatra, also has a beautiful sandy beach and a few cafes. All of the beaches hold the EEC blue flag. Many other sandy beaches can be reached by car. Travel: Faro Airport is 14 km away, approximately a 15-minute drive. Trains and buses run between Faro and Olhao. Olhao bus and train stations are both within walking distance of the apartment. A taxi from the airport is around €20-25. Car hire is not essential as the apartment is so conveniently located for all amenities, including the ferries to the offshore islands. Distances: All amenities and necessities can be found in Olhao including supermarkets, banks, restaurants and the new Ria Shopping mall. Faro is approximately 9km away, where you will find the large Algarve Forum shopping mall. The picturesque town of Tavira is approximately 22km away. Further afield is the Spanish border which is approximately a 45 minute drive along the motorway. Further Details: Olhao is a traditional Portuguese fishing town, full of character with its Moorish-style houses and winding, cobbled back streets. In the heart of the historic town you will find graceful buildings with wrought iron balconies, carved stonework and decorative tiled exteriors. At the centre of the town is the church of Nossa Senhora do Rosario, built in 1698 with contributions from the fishermen. It is an elegant building with a baroque facade. Olhao is well known for its fish market; there are two market buildings on the waterfront where you will find a vast and diverse choice of fresh fish and seafood, along with locally grown fruit and vegetables. These market halls are surrounded by pavement cafes where you can sit and enjoy the view of the boats moored along the waterfront. The Natural Park of Ria Formosa encompasses 60 km of coast between Ancao and Manta Rota. It is a vital area for birds, especially waterfowl, and the park was included in the list of wetlands of worldwide interest defined by the Ramsar Convention. You can observe the wildlife from hides dotted around the Natural Park. Boat trips are run around the Ria Formosa, or you can hire a boat yourself. Olhao Seafood Festival takes place in August (usually around the 2nd week). It's one of the biggest gastronomy festivals in the Algarve with plenty of delicious seafood and live entertainment every night. Apart from the daily fresh markets in Olhao there are plenty of other markets to visit in the surrounding areas, including Fuzeta, Montcarapacho and Quelfes. The unspoilt riverside town of Tavira is worth a visit and is only a short drive away, or you can catch a train or bus there. This lovely, historical town has the Rio Gilao running through its centre which is spanned by a Roman bridge. Faro is only a short drive or bus/train journey away, where you can wander around the ancient walled town and harbour.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Changeover Day: Flexible. Check-in is 1.00 pm. Check-out time is 10 am, but please ask if not suitable and we will do our best to accommodate. A 20 Euro fee will be payable in cash for guests arriving at the apartment for meet and greet after 10 pm. INTERNATIONAL PAYMENTS: Please note that any loss in the rental amount received by us due to bank fees charged for international payments, with regard to both receiving and returning funds, will be deducted from the returned security deposit. Please bear this in mind before proceeding with a booking, as in some cases this could be £15 per international payment received/sent. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week in GBP. Please note we do NOT accept payment by credit card on-line, only via bank transfer, which guests will need to arrange through their own bank. For 4 night stays (available only on certain dates as specified on the pricing table) please ask for the price per night.