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Fisherman's Townhouse in the Heart of Olhao



Updated: 19-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the property

A Beautifully Modernised Townhouse, A/C, WIFI, Private Roof Terraces And Bbq

*As this property has two sets of stairs, we are sorry to say that it would not be well suited for anyone with limited mobility. Please ask for further details*

‘Casa Ava’ is a recently renovated, traditional fisherman’s townhouse located in the old quarter of the 'Moorish' town of Olhao. The house offers modern comforts while still preserving the local style.

On the ground floor is a comfortable living room with SATELLITE TELEVISION including a range of DVDs, sofa bed and dining area. Through the hall is a spacious kitchen equipped with all the amenities including a COFFEE MACHINE, alongside a downstairs bathroom. On the second floor are two double bedrooms and a larger bathroom. The AIR CONDITIONED master bedroom has its own private balcony overlooking the traditional narrow street.We also have our own WIFI connection so you can easily keep in touch with your family and friends.

A special feature of the house are its two large PRIVATE ROOF TERRACES on the top floor, one with a large fully equipped brick BBQ and dining area ideal for entertainment, and the other offers privacy and relaxation with 2 comfortable sun loungers.

Positioned in a prime location only a few minutes stroll to the sea front where restaurants spill out onto the cobbled streets, and markets sell local seafood and produce. Here a ferry can take you to your choice of three stunning islands each with their own beautiful beaches.

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About the Owner

Dylan Edwards
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
19 March, 2017

21 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)


Casa Ava is our ideal holiday accommodation

  • 5 of 5

The property is exactly as described. In the heart of the old town, it is well served by shops, café bars, restaurants, a jazz bar and a fantastic fresh produce and fish market. From the harbour nearby you can catch the ferry out to the Ria Fermosa islands and there are trains to several locations including Faro and Villa Real San Antonio (where you can even get the ferry for a day out in Spain). Casa Ava is well appointed having a bathroom and a separate shower room. It is very clean and well maintained and fully equipped with everything you need for your stay.There are two terraces where you can relax and one has a built in barbecue. The owner, Dylan, could not be more helpful. He does everything he can to make your stay enjoyable and he will even organise taxis to and from the airport. Dylan's friend, Dr Lawrence a genial Scotsman, is on hand to greet you on arrival and explain everything to you. We enjoy staying in Olhao. It is a busy vibrant place by day but it's peaceful by night for a good night's sleep. I would recommend Casa Ava to anyone. We have stayed five times which says it all.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Winter break in Olhão

  • 5 of 5

Dylan the owner was very organised and professional- sent us a welcome pack with local recommendations and easy to follow instructions about the appliances in the house in case we needed them. We were warmly greeted at the house by the local contact Dr Lawrence, who'd helpfully arranged our taxi from the airport- he showed us the house and answered any questions we had about the local area. A lovely stress free way to start our stay!

The house was spotless and we found everything we could possibly need - from wine glasses, cork screws, coffee maker, and even a juicer! We were grateful for the wheeled shopping bag and selection of sun hats that were thoughtfully left in the house. By far our favourite thing about the house was the upstairs terrace- every morning we'd go to the little bakery around the corner to buy pastries and fruit, and then sit on the terrace basking in the sunshine. December in Olhao is like a very pleasant Irish summer's day!

The town of Olhao is charming and has an unspoilt and relaxed feel to it. We enjoyed wandering around the cobbled streets, strolling along the promenade and through the fish markets- eating far too many traditional Portuguese custard tarts along our way. Faro is only a 10 minute train ride away, although I'd recommend eating out in Olhao- a far better selection of restaurants and more reasonably priced food too.

We are keen to return to Algarve, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Casa Ava to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not worth what we had to pay we were not happy at

  • 1 of 5

After arriving on the 5/09/2016 first impression wasn't to bad, the stairs up to the roof area were dangerous no hand rail my wife was terrified to climb them,even I was wary. There was an awful lot of building work going on 7 days a week, some of the kitchen utencils were not clean we even bought a new frying pan and 2 beakers for our tea. The front door would not open properly and cars parked half way across the opening We have been to the Algarve for 30 years this was the worst area and place we have stayed not worth what we payed all in all not happy

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideal location for a car free trip to Algarve

  • 5 of 5

The property was very clean, the welcome friendly and informative, as a holiday rental this property provides superb value for money. It has all facilities necessary and it is very well situated close to all amenities. The two sun terraces are well positioned and contain a fantastic barbecue. The proximity to the Olhao markets is an exceptional advantage to those who like self catering, also the access to fresh food makes many local restaurants good value for money, especially for seafood. Beaches are easily reachable by regular ferry again only minutes away. Olhao is not a classic Iberian resort, so its not for everyone but that is part of its charm. I would not hesitate to recommend both the accommodation and the town.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy, comfortable Casa in a great location

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean, comfortable and well equipped. Perfect location close to the waterfront, restaurants and bars. Dylan was helpful and informative and our Olhao contact gave us some fab tips for local restaurants with good food at reasonable prices. We will certainly be booking again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Beautiful and Comfortable place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This is Kamran and Annie from Coventry. We had a most wonderful few days staying at this beautiful townhouse. The location is great, right in the heart of the old town. The house itself, very clean, comfortable, with great character.

We also found the owner, Dylan, most helpful, kind and supportive. Same can be said about the local contact, Dr. Lawrence.

We highly recommend this place for your stay too, and for sure, we, ourselves, will be back soon also. Enjoy your stay.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro at 15 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Olhão at 50 Metres Nearest Golf : Colina Verde Golf and Sports Resort at 10 Kilometres Nearest Train : Olhão at 1 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A22 Olhao at 2 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Olhão at 20 Metres Nearest Beach : Armona Island at 1 Kilometres Car: not necessary

Olhao is the perfect place to feel far away from the international tourist crowd. Easy to get to, this old fishing town is full of local character and faded grandeur. Its distinctive Moorish influence still present today in the historic old quarter, with its square white buildings and narrow cobbled alleyways where the fishermen still live today, its many charms will slowly work their magic on you. On the water front restaurants spill out on to the street serving some of the best fresh sea food in the Algarve, gardens line the front and markets sell fresh local produce amongst some fantastic views across the marina. Just a short 15 minute ferry ride through the Ria Formosa National Park to the islands and there is a choice of beautiful picturesque beaches. Olhao has great transport links, only 20 minutes from Faro Airport, and regular train and bus services if you wish to explore some of the surrounding towns and villages.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
15 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 May 2017 - 14 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
15 Jun 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
16 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Nov 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Christmas/New Year
15 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rates inclusive of Gas/ Water/ Electricity/ and Cleaning.

Rates for Christmas/ New Year period will be as for medium season. (14th December - 6th January)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Updated: 19-Mar-2017


Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • town


  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 150 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Living room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • With the two double beds, the house is most comfortable for four people, though there is the option of the sofa bed to sleep 5 if desired.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs


  • Self-catering


  • This property is a three story townhouse with staircases, so guests must be comfortable climbing stairs. Though its no smoking indoors, smoking is allowed on the balcony, and on the outdoor terraces. Suitable for children aged 10+.

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