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Ilha culatra, voted best beach on the Algarve. Traditional fishing island.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine


About the property

Welcome to our holiday home on the beautiful ilha culatra which has been voted the best beach on the Algarve. Culatra is a traditional fishing island which is part of the Rio Formosa national park. The main attraction to the island is the stunning beaches and abundance of wildlife. There are no roads or cars on culatra which makes for a very relaxing holiday, The island has restaurants and bars which serve lovely traditional food at very reasonable prices. There are 3 small supermarkets that have a good selection of fresh produce along with everyday essentials. Fresh bread is normally ordered the day before. The island is accessible by passenger ferry which runs frequently from Olhao and takes approx 20 mins. Water taxis are always available. The house is on one level and has a terrace downstairs, a courtyard and roof terrace with view over the fio formosa and the mainland. Please note that an end of clean fee of €50 is payable directly to the cleaning lady on the island.

Mandy lowther
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 June, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time on "our" beloved island! Mandy's house is in the middle of the island and the island inhabitants. For everyone an ideal place, away from the usual tourist attractions. At the latest, when the last ferry leaves the island, you are alone with the Portuguese. The small typical restaurants offer delicious country-style food. The beach is incredibly beautiful! Even in the holiday season, you will find a quiet place to relax and enjoy the beach. Small supermarkets offer everything you need for everyday life. For everything else, there are the big markets with fresh fish, meat, fruits and vegetables and supermarkets in Olhão, which is only round about one half hour away by ferry. Mandy's house is comfortably furnished with everything you need to live there. Mandy, in spite of a long distance to us (she was in the UK), took care of us and treated us discreetly for our welfare! We got to know Mandy (unfortunately still not personally) as an absolutely perfect hostess and will keep up the contact! For us, it was the perfect holiday! We have already decided to come back next year. I think that speaks for itself! Thank you for a wonderful holiday!
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Faro in the Municipality of Faro

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • All rubbish must be removed from the property on the final day. Total number of guests must be disclosed at the time of booking or a fee will apply.
  • The addition €50 cleaning fee must be paid directly on the island. Failure to pay the fee will result in €70 deduction from security deposit:
  • The WiFi router MUST not be removed from the property.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • bay
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
We provide all the above amenities free of charge. If any item fails during your stay we will do our upmost to repair or replace. However due to the location of the island it may take a little time to do this and no discount can be given.


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Ilha culatra, voted best beach on the Algarve. Traditional fishing island.
average rating of 4.4375 based on 18 reviews

Short stay

  • 4 of 5

This is a very well equipped house with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. It's a bit difficult to find in the dark thou! Mandy the owner answers any questions almost immediately. The bed is comfortable and the roof terrace a nice place to lay in the sun. It is a 10/15 minute walk to the beach but well worth it. There is a trolley to take towels, picnic etc in which was a great help. As our visit was September the ferry doesn't run as often. Water taxis are €30 and a taxi from the airport is €26. It is a quiet island with only the odd dog barking! Couple of shops and few restaurants-some more welcoming than others! So if you want to get away from hustle and bustle this is the place for you!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideal relaxing holiday for couples away from everyday life.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely property supplying everything you will require for your stay. Good local supermarkets that stock chilled beer and wine 😃. We stayed in May and the weather was poor at the start of our stay this did impact on our initial thoughts about the location, however when the weather changed it was beautiful and location ideal for easy access to beach and amazing views across the lagoon. Will definitely return during July and August next time for guaranteed sunshine Thankyou to Mandy who was always very prompt to respond to any enquiries and give support to help us enjoy our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Restful Week of tranquility and comfort

  • 5 of 5

The gift of time, space, relaxation, good food and low carbon footprint are the best ways for us to describe our stay on Ilha Culatra. The accommodation was wonderful. Everything we needed was provided in the rental. The rooftop terrace was delightful for viewing the Ocean Sunset.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We can't recommend Mandy's place highly enough! Our expectations were surpassed in so many aspects and it is very reasonable to assume that we will be here again some time in the future. We had a great stay and everything was exactly as it has been described. The owner has been very nice, helpful, welcoming and accomodating. We were given many useful informations prior to our arrival by her and she answered every of our questions via whatsapp within minutes. The villa itself is also great! It has absolutely everything (!) you need, it is super clean and very comfy. We felt at home from the start. We personally loved watching the sunset on the roof terrace as well as having a barbecue grilling fish. We already miss Ilha Culatra and cannot wait to come back and stay at Casa Amelia again....

P.s. Mandy, all the best to you and your family!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Hanna and Moritz for choosing to spend your honeymoon at Casa Amelia and for your F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C review 😀. I am so pleased you had a great time and found you had everything you needed for your stay. We also love the roof terrace watching the sunsets and stars. Thank you for your best wishes it is so thoughtful. I wish you both every happiness in your future together and hope to welcome you back to Ilha Culatra 😀😀
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Wonderful villa on an amazing island

  • 5 of 5

I would thoroughly recommend this villa to anyone looking for a break away from everyday life, Mandy the owner is everything you could ask for and has a beautiful house with everything you could need for a break away from the hustle and bustle of a traditional tourist resort, comfy beds a very well equipped kitchen and the outside shower is to die for on a hot Algarve afternoon. The island is a real traditional Portuguese fishing community and you can't help be immersed into the culture. We had an amazing week here and will definitely be back at some point. Thank you first everything Mandy 😆😆

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you and your lovely family stay on Ilha culatra. We really enjoyed our brief meeting over a beer as you arrived and we departed the island ( or you evicting us I should say lol ) . Thank you for the lovely review 😀😀
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Perfect In Every Way

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have visited this beautiful island many times on day trips and have always wanted to stay longer. This provided us with the ideal opportunity. It did not disappoint in any way, in fact it exeeded our expectations.

Amanda, the owner, is a very charming and helpful lady. Always ready to respond to any questions and always ready with advice and help you may need.

She is very proud of her property and rightfuly so. It is immaculately presented, very clean, spacious and very well equiped. Everything you need for a worry free holiday is there, even down to a shopping trolley for you to get your supplies from the local shops!

The rooftop terrace was one our favourite places. Spending many an evening with a bottle of wine watching the amazing sunsets was so relaxing.

The beach is accessed by a boardwalk which takes you through a nature reserve to the ocean side of the island. It is stunning and well worth visiting, but do take your own provisions with you as there are no facilities there. If you are feeling energetic you can walk along the beach to the next village, Farol, where there are beach bars, toilets etc.

Culatra has about 5 bars/restaurants and three small supermarkets there and everyone are helpful and friendly.

Our favourite restaurant being the last one on the main walkway as you head to the beach. The owner speaks very good english and the food and ambience is fantastic.

There are no vehicles on the island apart from the odd tractor now and then taking supplies from the harbour to the village and it is so quiet there.

If you want peace and tranquility in a beautiful setting, then this is the place to come.

For myself and my wife it was perfection in every way.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend 'Casa Amelia' and Culatra to anyone thinking of going to Portugal for a very relaxing holiday.

We will definately be booking this holiday home again in the not too distant future.

Paul & Debbie Bennett



  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Paul and Debs, what can I say apart from a massive thank you for your kind words and fabulous review. I'm thrilled you had such a great time and enjoyed the island and the house. We will really look forward to welcoming you both back soon. Thank you for choosing to stay with us 😀😀
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Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
0.3 Kilometres
To farol and olhao
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
In olhao.
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in the Faro, Portugal

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

An end of stay cleaning fee of €50 is payable directly to the cleaning lady on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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