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Luxury holiday apartments in Albufeira with pool, BBQ & games room in excellent central position, to The Strip & Old Town - SOL-I



Updated: 20-Oct-2016
Ideally located between The Strip & Old Town, near Oura Beach & local amenities

Solario de Sao Jose is an upmarket holiday complex in the centre of Albufeira, BETWEEN THE STRIP AND THE OLD TOWN.

It is QUIETLY POSITIONED OFF THE MAIN STREET OF ALBUFEIRA, IN A PRIME LOCATION, in close proximity to The Strip, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, bullring, supermarkets, shops, internet cafés and the beach.

It has EXCELLENT ON-SITE FACILITIES with a roof-top barbecue on every block with spectacular panoramic views over Albufeira, children's playground, gym, squash court, sauna and games.

The apartments OVERLOOK THE POOL and have wonderful views over Albufeira.

Every apartment has its OWN SUN LOUNGERS so there is never a concern of there not being enough.

Solario de Sao has just 42 apartments and is VERY POPULAR WITH FAMILIES, COUPLES AND GROUPS alike.

The complex is EXTREMELY WELL SITUATED in a quiet residential street, just 3 minutes walk to the main street of Albufeira, the bus stop and nearest supermarket.

WITHIN A 5 - 10 MINUTE WALK, you will find The Strip, many restaurants, shops, bars, nightclubs, a taxi rank and the tourist train, connecting visitors to the Old Town and local beaches. The Old Town and beaches are a 15 minute walk away.

Enjoy a COMPLIMENTARY WELCOME PACK from Algarve Getaways, when you arrive, with snacks and drinks after a long journey. We can also provide breakfast packs, beer, champagne or a cake or flowers for that special occasion.

FULLY AIR CONDITIONED and HEATED in bedrooms and living room, makes it perfect for year-round vacation rentals.

PERSONAL MEET AND GREET by a member of the Algarve Getaways local management team, who are available throughout your stay should you need them.

FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN with top of the range appliances for every self-catering need.

WI-FI can be provided at a nominal charge, subject to availability.

SOLARIO de Sao Jose has excellent SECURITY ACCESS at all entrances and security shutters in the apartments.

ALBUFEIRA is also the BEST LOCATION IN THE ALGARVE FOR WINTER SUN and out of season bookings, as it is always open for business.

WITH OVER 300 DAYS OF SUNSHINE A YEAR, you can laze on the beaches and soak up the sun and savour the fresh mouth-watering food on offer at the BEACH RESTAURANTS.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS, golf transfers and transfers to and from the station, theme parks or any other location can be arranged.

BABY EQUIPMENT: Cots, highchairs and pushchairs are available for hire. BABY BOUNCERS supplied FREE of charge.

Solario de Sao Jose is a CHILD FRIENDLY RESORT with a children’s swimming pool with 2 levels and a playground next to the pool.

CHILDREN ARE WELCOME EVERYWHERE in Portugal and restaurants in Albufeira will be happy to cater for them. Many bars also have karaoke and children’s facilities for them, including TV Games, table football and quiz nights.

A CAR IS NOT NECESSARY if you are staying in Solario de Sao Jose, as Albufeira is well placed in the centre of the Algarve, with good public transport available.

A RENTAL CAR will however allow you the freedom to explore more of the Algarve with its interesting towns and beautiful beaches.

The ALGARVE has some of the finest SANDY BEACHES in Europe and ALBUFEIRA HAS SEVERAL BLUE FLAG BEACHES TO ENJOY, including Praia da Oura and Fisherman’s Beach in the Old Town , both a 15 minute walk from Solario de Sao Jose,. The beaches can also be reached by bus or tourist train.

MANY WATER SPORTS can be enjoyed from Albufeira’s beaches , such as Praia da Oura, Fisherman’s Beach in the Old Town and Galé Beach, and Albufeira Marina, such as water-skiing, parasailing, scuba-diving, cruises, jet-skiing, dolphin watching, cave exploring, deep-sea fishing, sailing and much more.

ALBUFEIRA is ideally placed for visiting the popular WATER-PARKS in the Central Algarve, including Slide & Splash and Aqualand and ZOOMARINE, the wonderful AQUA-THEME PARK with its dolphin interaction program.

BUSES TO THESE THEME PARKS stop in the centre of Albufeira, near Solario de Sao Jose.

ALGARVE SHOPPING, with its varied shops, cinemas, restaurants, hypermarket and private health clinic, is in Guia, a 10 minute drive from Solario de Sao Jose.

SIR CLIFF RICHARD’S VINEYARD, Adega do Cantor and Portugal’s famous CHICKEN PIRI-PIRI RESTAURANTS are also located in Guia.

ALBUFEIRA MARINA, with its restaurants, bars, water-sports and ALBUFEIRA KARTING, is a 5 – 10 minute drive away. VILAMOURA MARINA, one of the largest Marinas in Europe, is a 15 minute drive from Solario de Sao Jose.

GOLFERS will be spoilt for choice with so many WORLD-CLASS GOLF COURSES located within easy reach of Solario de Sao Jose. Albufeira is very central, with Balaia golf course, Sheraton Pine Cliffs, Salgados golf course and Vilamoura’s 6 golf courses, all within a 5 - 10 minute drive.

Algarve Getaways’ INFORMATION FOLDER in each apartment is packed with restaurant recommendations, activities, sports, sightseeing and golf info, as well as public transport and so much more.



More Details

Details for holiday apartment SOL-I, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

This beautiful SUNNY SOUTH-FACING holiday apartment is situated in Solário de São José, a SUPERIOR COMPLEX with an excellent range of on-site facilities, in a prime location in Albufeira.

A LARGE ENCLOSED TERRACE leads off the bedroom and living room, overlooking the swimming pool below and with VIEWS towards ALBUFEIRA; perfect for al-fresco dining and a relaxing holiday.

It is FULLY AIR CONDITIONED and HEATED, making it IDEAL for year-round self-catering HOLIDAY rentals.

A WONDERFUL APARTMENT for a romantic holiday or for young families.

DEDICATED UK TV & Wi-Fi access are also available in this apartment.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Manager

Algarve Getaways has been renting luxury self-catering holiday apartments and villas in the Algarve, Portugal since it was founded in 2000 by Barbara Derber.

Barbara, Irene and Elisabete are happy to answer any queries you may have and assist you in finding the perfect apartment or villa for your vacation in the sun.

Book your holiday of a lifetime with us, starting with a complimentary welcome pack on arrival and a warm greeting from a member of our local management team at Getaways Property Services, who will be on hand throughout your stay.

Large groups can easily be accommodated. We can also arrange airport transfers, baby equipment, golf clubs, breakfast packs if you are arriving late and any special requirements.

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Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Guestbook comments from the manager

A beautiful apartment, spotless and equipped with everything you could need for a self catering holiday. The Solario de Sao Jose complex is very safe and secure. The Algarve Getaways local staff could not have been nicer or more helpful - Aisling, Co. Mayo, Ireland, September 2011

The apartment was first class; real home from home, far and above any other self catering experience. Excellent prompt feedback all through the enquiry and booking and I am already looking to book with Algarve Getaways again next year - Ian, Manchester, July 2011

Fantastic apartment, excellent standard. Very luxurious, everything you need and more. We really liked that we had our own sun loungers for our apartment which we took down to the pool and also enjoyed the gym. Complex very central to both the old town and the strip. Thank you again for a first class holiday - Susan & Kenny, Glasgow, July 2010.
Nov 2006
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19 Reviews

based on 19 holidaymaker reviews

Lytham St Annes

Fantastic Apartment

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic Apartment in a secure and quiet complex yet close to supermarkets, excellent restaurants and an easy walk to both the strip and the old town. Spotlessly clean, fabulous sun terrace, lovely big pool. Customer service was superb, best we have ever had. Would recommend the excellent transfer service. Thanks for a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tramore, Co.Waterford

Wonderful apartment!

  • 4 of 5

Great stay in this apartment. Lovely apartment, beautifully decorated and had everything our family needed. Very secure complex so no worries about our 7 year old girl who made lots of friends around the pool. We travelled with my in-laws who stayed in another apartment in the next block. Their apartment was equally as good. We would have liked to have been located nearer the beach but it wasn't a major issue as our little girl preferred the pool in any case.

One criticism of the complex would be that some apartment owners and their families seem to think they own the entire complex but if these families were not in the pool area the atmosphere was so different. A few issues with noise at night (related to the same families) but wasn't an ongoing problem, just the odd night. All in all though, a great holiday in a lovely complex and the issues mentioned would certainly not hinder us returning.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Swatragh, Northern Ireland

Outstanding complex

  • 5 of 5

We visited Portugal again this year and as usual stayed at the Solario De Sao Jose complex. This apatment complex is second to none. The apartments are excellent, kitted out with all mod cons. It is a home from home. I do not feel that we could really stay anywhere else. They are super clean and comfortable. The pool area is also excellent with allocated sun loungers which is definately a plus, no rushing out in the early hours to book a lounger. Will definitely be going back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Apartments

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely stay in the these apartments. We arrived and were met by a lovely gentleman who showed us around the apartment. We had a couple of small issues and they were sorted immediately, so were very impressed with Algarve Getaways. The apartment has everything you need for a relaxing week away. The only problem for us was the sofa bed was quite uncomfortable for our son. Next time I would pay a little extra and stay in the two bed apartment. Though the two bed apartment had a wonderful enclosed terrace with sunbeds, perfect for sunbathing.

Everything is in walking distance but it is back up a bit of a hill, this was fine for us and we had no problem with it, some might though.

Would recommend these apartments, something for everyone, pool, games room, gym and the sun. PERFECT!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and I am so pleased that you enjoyed the apartment and facilities at Solario de Sao Jose. A member of the Algarve Getaways team will always meet and greet our guests on arrival and be available, should you need them throughout your stay. I think that you meant that the one-bedroom apartment, SOL-I. had the wonderful enclosed terrace with sunbeds. It is very special. I am sorry that your son found the sofa bed uncomfortable. It is a very good quality sofa bed, with a proper sprung mattress and most guests find it very comfortable. We do however, appreciate that guests have different comfort levels and so, have mattress toppers available, at no extra charge, if our guests need them. If you do, please ask. We have a great selection of luxury one and two bedroom apartments for you to choose from for your next visit and we will be very happy to make recommendations for your future stay in the Algarve. Best wishes, Barbara at Algarve Getaways
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Excellent fully furnished apartments centrally loc

  • 5 of 5

It won't allow me to change the day however we have stayed at these apartments now for more than five years in a row and every time they have exceeded our expectations. They have everything you need and more. It's between the old and new town with excellent food and entertainment in both. We've always been looked after by Algarve getaways and they are thoughtful to your needs regardless of how much you want to see or do they will always be on hand to advise. It's certainly a place we will always return to.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and your excellent endorsement. The Algarve Getaways Team works hard to ensure that our guests have the very best holiday experience and for you to come back 5 years in a row, we are happy to know that we are getting it right. We are delighted that you enjoy the Algarve so much and Solario de Sao Jose's convenient, central location in Albufeira and we appreciate your generous comments about the Algarve Getaways staff. We look forward to welcoming you back again and again, in the future. Best wishes, Barbara at Algarve Getaways
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SOL-I:Lovely modern apartment

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in SOL-I, this apartment had everything we needed for our holiday. it was very modern looking and had a huge balcony facing the pool, the kitchen had all the required utensils for cooking, the bedroom had plenty of wardrobe space and the bed was very comfy. the pool was lovely and clean although it did get packed with small children by lunch time so if you want a quiet swim then try to get there a little earlier.

Albufera is a lovely area and there was a small supermarket which had everything we needed just 5 minutes walk away.

I highly recommend going to see the dolphins and getting a picture with them after the show for 25 euros at zoo marine. also if you go to aqua land try and get booked in early for a swim with the sea lions :)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and I am so pleased that you enjoyed the apartment SOL-I and your holiday in Albufeira so much. Fellow travelers will find your tips very useful and I agree that Zoomarine and Aqualand are both a great day out. Solario de Sao Jose is a small complex, compared to many others, with just 42 apartments and has a larger swimming pool, good for doing laps early in the morning if you wish to exercise. August is peak holiday time however so all swimming pools would be busy but with all guests having their own set of sun loungers at Solario, you don't have to ever worry about there not being enough. We hope that you will visit us again. Best wishes, Barbara at Algarve Getaways
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro International, a 30 minute drive at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Several bars within 3 - 5 minute walk at 0.3 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Balaia Golf, a 5 minute drive away at 2 Kilometres Nearest Train : Ferreiras Station, an 8 minute drive away at 8 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A22 at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Several restaurants within 3 - 5 minute walk at 0.3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Praia da Oura & Fishermans Beach 15 minute walk at 0.8 Kilometres Car: not necessary

THE BUS STOP is a 2 minute walk away, with buses running every 30 minutes all day and most of the night.

An excellent SUPERMARKET, open 7 days a week, is also located a 2 minute walk away.

THE TOURIST TRAIN does a circular route every 20 minutes to The Strip, Oura Beach, the Old Town and Fisherman's Beach and Albufeira Shopping.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS by minibus can be arranged at a total one-way price of €30 for 1 - 4 guests, €40 for 5 - 8 guests. Transfers can also be arranged for large GROUPS.

CAR HIRE: use the car rental search engine on ALGARVE GETAWAYS website algarvegetaways.com to find the most competitive rates.

PARKING IS FREELY AVAILABLE outside the apartments.

ALBUFEIRA is located in the CENTRAL ALGARVE and is perfectly placed for visiting many top attractions. Popular WATER-PARKS include Slide & Splash and Aqualand and ZOOMARINE, the wonderful aqua-theme park with its dolphin interaction program is a must for the whole family.

Getting to the THEME PARKS is easy with their buses stopping near SOLARIO de Sao Jose.

Many WATER-SPORTS can be enjoyed from the beaches or ALBUFEIRA MARINA, such as water-skiing, parasailing, scuba-diving, cruises, jet-skiing, dolphin watching, cave exploring, deep-sea fishing, sailing, to name a few.

ALGARVE SHOPPING, the main shopping centre of the Central Algarve runs a FREE bus service to and from Albufeira, between March and October.

SIR CLIFF RICHARD’S VINEYARD, Adega do Cantor; and Portugal’s famous CHICKEN PIRI-PIRI RESTAURANTS, are all located in Guia, just 10 minutes’ drive away.

SOLARIO de Sao Jose is also perfectly situated for GOLFERS with Balaia golf course less than a 5 MINUTE DRIVE away and the Sheraton Pine Cliffs, the WORLD CLASS GOLF COURSES of Vilamoura and Salgados golf course on the western side of Albufeira, an easy 10 minute drive away.

We also HIRE out GOLF CLUBS and can arrange GOLF TRANSFERS.

CHEAP FLIGHTS can be booked to FARO AIRPORT. See the ALGARVE GETAWAYS ‘Links Page’ for links to numerous airlines.

You can also fly to LISBON or SEVILLE, both 2 hours away by car. There is a regular BUS SERVICE from both cities, as well as an excellent TRAIN SERVICE from Lisbon to Albufeira (Ferreiras), a 10 minute taxi ride away.

Details can also be found through the ALGARVE GETAWAYS website ‘Links Page’.



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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Fully flexible on length of stay and changeover days, providing fits with other bookings.
Sleeps 4 people. Maximum 3 adults.
Cot hire at €30 per week, high chair €15, stroller €10. Baby bouncer FREE.
Wi-Fi is available at €25 per week.
Mid-week towel change for weekly bookings. Weekly clean, linen and towel change for longer stays.

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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Lift
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town


  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 65 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Spacious bathroom, has a bath with shower and hair-dryer.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The bedroom has a very comfortable mattress and plenty of pillows. The sofa bed has a full-size comfortable mattress with sprung base. Cots and high chairs are available for hire. Baby bouncers are provided free of charge, on request.


  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Facilities - Squash Court - Gymnasium - Sauna - Games Room - Swimming Pool 15m x 8m - Children’s Swimming Pool - Children’s Playground - Showers - Roof terrace barbecue on each block - Parking freely available

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