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

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


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.

More Details


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Olhão in Municipality of Olhão

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Lift
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
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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Great location,no driving necessary, Great contemporary apartment with rooftop
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful apartment, perfect holiday.

  • 5 of 5

We visited Olhao for the first time in May and can't wait to go back.

The apartment is so comfortable, spacious, perfectly equipped and is situated in a great location - just a short stroll from the restaurants, old town and food markets . Karen is a wonderful host. She was very helpful and communicative and arranged our transfers to and from Faro airport.

We especially enjoyed the excellent, inexpensive restaurants, boat trips to the islands and lazy afternoons by the rooftop pool.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Amy, Delighted you enjoyed it so much. It was a pleasure looking after you. Hope to see you back in Olhão soon.
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Really nice apartment and great service from the owners

  • 5 of 5

Olhao was great. We just had a four day break but really enjoyed it. The food is amazing, great restaurants and tapas. We enjoyed a boat tour of the islands and a wine tasting tour on a tuktuk. The apartment was very well equipped and the owners were very informative and looked after us very well.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 31-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 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: 12-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 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: 12-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 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: 07-Feb-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Karen McDonagh
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
14 February, 2018

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 Olhão

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

The apartment is AMAZING. I love just relaxing by the pool. Farol is our favourite island. I want to live here. Thanks so much for everything. It's been absolute paradise.
Jun 2017
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Special interest holidays:

Only 2 and a half hours from Seville and approx a 50km drive to the Spanish border. Also worth a visit are neighbouring Fuseta, Tavira and Tavira Island, Cabanas and Faro - all accessible by train if you don't want to drive. AquaShow in Quarteira is only a 20/25 minute drive and costs approx €20 in a taxi.


Olhao is surrounded by 'ilhas' sand spit islands, which protect the marshy lagoon. The Reserva Natural da Ria Formosa is an environmental and conservation area for birds and marine life. The two nearest islands to Olhao are Ilha da Culatra and Ilha da Armona which are served all year with regular ferry crossings from Olhaos jetty, less than 10 mins walk from the apartment. The Ihlas contain restaurants, tapas bars and coffee shops.


Only 12km from Faro Airport. Approx e18 in a taxi. Car hire is not necessary as everything is within easy walking distance. However, if you are golfing, or would like to further explore the Algarve or even Spain, car hire may be arranged on request.


12km from Faro, approx 20km from Tavira/Cabanas, 5km from Fuseta, approx 30/40km to the more traditional resorts of the Western Algarve.

Further Details:

Only a 5 minute walk to the famous red brick covered fish and fruit and veg markets, well worth a visit. 5 minute walk to an amazing array of traditional bars and restaurants on the waterfront and in the Old Town. 8/10 minute walk to the ferry terminal where the taxi boats leave for the islands of Armona, Farol, and the fishing community at Culatra. There are many boat trips and eco tours of the Ria Formosa available from the various jettys alongside the waterfront. Armona is the busier of the Islands, it has beaches, a few restaurants/bars, a mini market. Farol is amazing. The sea comes right up to the rocks during high tide creating a natural swimming pool. The water temperature at Farol is on average 24 degrees. Deserta is quieter and is serviced by private water taxi. There is a catamaran service to Farol and Culatra opposite the apartment.

Olhao is great for eating out. The restaurants are all great and range from typical Portuguese cuisine of seafood, fish and great steak and pork dishes, to Brazilian, Italian, Indian, Chinese restaurants. Recently some amazing new tapas restaurants have opened in the old town. Eating out is very inexpensive and considerably cheaper than the typical resorts in the western Algarve.

You will also love it if you enjoy cooking. The fish market offers a wide range of fresh fish and shell fish daily and the you can also get fresh meat, cheeses and fruit and veg, eggs, herbs etc. within the other market building. There is a bakery in the old town that offers fresh bread, rolls, croissants and cakes and opens every day.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £132.43

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.