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Great location,no driving necessary, Great contemporary apartment with rooftop

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights

About the property

Apartment in Olhao, Algarve, Portugal (licenca alojamento local 144/2007 (1928) - 5 Minutes Walk From Famous Fish Markets, Old Town, Bars, Restaurants And Ferries To Islands

This is a stunning location with rooftop pool. 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment to rent in Olhao, Eastern Algarve.

Village Marina is a World Class development adjacent to the 5 star Real Marina hotel.

It is only a few minutes walk from the old town, the famous red brick markets and the ferry terminal that takes you to the Islands.

The old town is alive with great restaurants, tapas bars and local bars. It is where the Portuguese like to holiday or relax at weekends.

The Eastern Algrave is considerably cheaper than the resorts in the west and Olhao is a haven for foodies. You should eat out with wine etc. for €15/€20 a head.

The islands themselves are stunning, full of lagoons and white sand beaches. Your children will enjoy hours jumping from the pier, snorkelling, digging for clams or jumping in the waves. Half of the fun is the ferry ride there.

It is only 12km from Faro airport and 50km from the Spanish Border.

The apartment is fitted out to an exceptionally high standard including washing machine/dryer, dishwasher, TV/DVD and central vacuuming system. The swimming pool is on the roof and enjoys amazing views of Reserva Natural da Ria Formosa.

We offer a flexible, hassle free, home from home holiday experience and we have had nothing but positive feedback. If there is any little thing that we can do to make your holiday better you only need to ask. We cannot recommend Olhao highly enough for an amazing and non-commercial holiday.


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Karen McDonagh
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
9 February, 2017

About Karen McDonagh

Family from Dublin who enjoy Eastern Algarve, where you can enjoy a true Portuguese experience away from the traditional more commercial resorts.

Karen McDonagh purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Karen McDonagh chose Olhao region

It offers a five star, luxury experience alongside the new Hotel but in a traditional Portuguese fishing port. The pool garden on the roof alone was a selling point to us.

We love the area, it is very different from the more traditional tourist spots. It is where the Portuguese like to holiday.

The restaurants are superb and much cheaper than the western Algarve. The popular fish and fruit markets are well worth a visit and only a 5 minute walk away.

It gives easy access to the Ria Formosa and the neighbouring Islas. It is also only 12km from Faro, and only a short drive to nearby Fusteta, Tavira and Cabanas and approx 50km from the Spanish Border.

What makes this apartment unique

A true Algarve experience. Close to Faro. Access to the facilities of the Hotel real Marina. The swimming pool is on a decked area on the roof. Spectacular sea front views of the Ria Formosa. Walking distance to the town, waterfront, restaurants, market place, port and ferry port. no need for a car unless you want to explore outside of Olhao.

Kids will love the ferry rides and taxi boats to the neighbouring islands and beaches.

Amazing food and great prices.

The apartment is fitted out to 5 star standards.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just a little feedback about our holiday in beautiful Olhao. We had a fantastic time.The apartment is beautiful, really well equipped and so well maintained. It was very thoughtful of you to include a welcome pack, it was a wonderful surprise. The roof top swimming pool is heaven, if I had my way we never would have gone anywhere else, but having said that the town is fab. My boys are teenagers now and not that easy to entertain, but they loved getting the ferry to neighbouring islands and the freedom of being able to wander around the town (it's so safe). We will be back! Toni, John and boys- Dublin

Hi Karen, We spent a week in your beautiful apartment last week. Just wanted to let you know that everything was great. The apartment is so well finished. It had everything we needed and more - ref to the Little House on the Prairie DVDs! We really enjoyed our first family holiday. Alex was swimming everyday and loved it Thanks so much.
Jul 2010
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Fantastic apartment, lovely location, best onwer

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is lovely, spacious, clean and like new. The roof top pool is nice for a dip and the views are great. The view from the large well equipped balcony is also great.

Karen arranged our transfer from the airport and we were met at the apartment and there were provisions ready for us which was all very welcoming.

We had two teens with us and the DVD's were a welcome distraction when we wanted a quite few moments.

We visited Aqualand which was a 40 minute journey away but the 10 slides were fairly easy to get on without delay and we also visited Aquashow which was a lot nearer and had great funfair style rides but the queues were fairly long (it was July though!)

The town was lovely and we spent many hours walking the back streets and shopping in some very quaint local shops.

We ate out every day and spent much time in bar 62 which serves lovely tapas and has a beautiful roof top terrace.

All in all we had a wonderful holiday and would recommend Alhoa and Karen's apartment.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi. Thank you for your kind review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday. Thanks for the recommendations for places to visit - I'll be dropping into Bar 62 to give it a try. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Karen
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Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week at Karen's apartment in Olhao, helped by the fact that the weather was absolutely glorious. Getting to the apartment was so easy, thanks to Karen organising everything for us. We were picked up at the airport and taken to Olhao where there was someone waiting at the apartment for us, even though it was 9pm. He showed us how everything worked and there was milk, bread and wine left for us which was a god-send, especially when travelling with a 1 and a 3 year old (I definitely needed the wine)! The apartment is spacious and very secure with a big, safe balcony which was great for the kids. Olhao itself is a lovely little town. We took the ferry to the beach on Armona several times, used the indoor and outdoor pool at the hotel next door (paid for 8 indoor swimming sessions-fairly reasonable and boys loved it). We also wandered in the old town which was absolutely lovely. We will hopefully get back to Olhao soon and can't recommend the apartment enough.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Janette, so glad you all had a good holiday and so jealous that you had such amazing weather. Look forward to having you stay again soon. x
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

The first bonus of this property is dealing with Karen, the owner.She is helpful, thoughtful and readily available.Two couples stayed here at the end of a 2 month trip so we wanted somewhere easy, comfortable and relaxing and this apartment fit the bill. It is well equipped and furnished to a high standard.Everything is exactly as it looks in the ad so no surprises We had a minor problem with a light and as soon as we let Karen know arrangements for repair were made.Carlos came the next morning made the repairs quickly and even changed a light bulb in the bedroom!

We loved Olhao and the apartment complex and would definitely recommend it

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jan, thank you for your kind review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay.
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Loved it

  • 5 of 5

We visited Olhao for a girl's weekend and loved it. Two of our party are chefs and were highly impressed by the local cuisine. We enjoyed four days of relaxation on the beautiful beaches on the islands. Highly recommend the little boat tours of the islands for a very pleasant day out. The apartment was lovely, very comfortable and well equipped. We hardly visited the pool on the roof - there was so much to do. Karen was very helpful and her recommendations were spot on. Our flights are already booked for next September.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great for a mini break

  • 5 of 5

What a great way to escape the winter. We recently took a 4 day mini break and stayed in this gorgeous apartment. Karen had no problem accommodating us at short notice and we found her to be a great host. What a lovely surprise to arrive to a bottle of wine and some nibbles after a late flight. Olhao was so relaxing. We spent the while time going for lovely walks in the sunshine and we spent our evenings enjoying wonderful meals and cocktails in the fabulous places recommended by our host.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb place - really recommend it.

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved everything about Olhao. The restaurants and bars were great, especially the prices. The kids loved the islands. We really enjoyed our trips out to Farol and enjoying tapas and a cold drink as we waited for the ferry home. The apartment itself was fabulous and we had some lovely lazy days on the roof by the pool. Thanks again for everything and for all suggestions on where to go. You were so welcoming and great to deal with. Flights are already booked for this summer.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. I'm delighted that you enjoyed yourselves. Hope you have an even better time this year. You'll love the festival.
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
5 night minimum stay
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Mid season
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
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1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
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1 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Aug 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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4 Sep 2017 - 8 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
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Mid season
9 Oct 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
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24 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £127

Booking Notes:
A 20% deposit is payable on booking, balance due 4 weeks before arrival. Different arrangements can be considered for last minute bookings. Damage/Security deposit also payable by cheque which will be returned to you on your return home. Due to exceptionally high demand for Olhao, early booking is recommended. We have had great feedback from previous guests who have spread the word about Olhao, therefore June, July and August 2015 are booked out already.

Changeover Day:
Flexible to accommodate cheaper midweek flights, just let us know.

Notes on prices:
Due to limited availability of holiday property in Olhao, early booking for 2015 is recommended. June and August are booked out already and don't forget the Euro qualifiers in Estadio Algarve only 15 minutes drive away.
We have beach towels in the apartment which you are welcome to use, which may save on your luggage charges.
We have a washer/dryer in the apartment - so pack light and avoid paying to book a bag on your flight. Longer term winter lets considered.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Olhão in Algarve

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Main bathroom contains wc, bidet and shower, en-suite contains wc, bidet, shower and bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a king sized bed and an en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 has twin beds. Sofa bed in living room.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Cots, high chairs can be supplied on request. Bottle steriliser available. Free WiFi. Please note that it is no longer possible to access UK TV via satellite in Portugal since February 2014. We are working on an alternative solution. In the meantime, there are loads of DVD's in the apartment and you can stream English speaking TV through your own tablets or laptops. There is a hdm1 cable and an iPad convertor in the apartment. Outside: The pool is located in a beautifully decked out roof area. It is a private pool shared between 8 other apts and is accessible only to residents/guests. It is rare that all apartments are occupied at the same time. Utility Room: Clothes dryer, iron, ironing board, mops and buckets etc. Also may be a selection of children's beach toys. Double air bed and pump if needed. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bathroom towels and bed linens supplied. Weekly towel/linen change. Additional cleaning can be arranged on request. Final clean included in your rental fee. Other: Large terrace with afternoon and evening sun and amazing views of the Ria Formosa, with terrace furniture for 6. We also have a selection of pool/beach toys, a cool box for picnics at the beach and extra sun loungers that you are welcome to use.

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