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Bedroom 1 King size bed, hairdryer. Bathroom adjacent with shower, wc. Bedroom 2 has 2 twin beds, hairdryer with en-suite bath/shower over, wc, bidet. Baby travel cot available. Fully appointed kitchen with fridge/freezer, cooker, hob, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer. Utility room attached to kitchen with cleaning equipment, apartment has in-built vacuum system, ironing board/iron. Spacious tastefully decorated living/dining room with leather sofa/bed. Dining table, HD TV/ blu ray DVD with IPTV and live UK channels/films etc, free wifi access and incoming telephone calls available. Large balcony leading from living room with lovely sea views. Balcony has table/chairs, sun loungers, umbrellas/stands and reclining chairs for guests use. All windows have electric security shutters. Rooftop pool on next floor.
Luxurious modern 4th floor apartment close to Ria Formosa natural park in the charming town of Olhao. Large balconies where you can watch the changing views of the sea with fisherman picking their crops of clams and visiting birds such as flamingos. There is use of a shared rooftop pool and fabulous views of the Ria Formosa and nearby Ilhas. Situated in a newly built modern development next to a new 5* hotel. Minutes from many local amenities including the old town with historic churches and architecture, restaurants, supermarkets and shops and a new shopping centre "Ria Shopping" which also has a cinema. There is a marina with a wonderful fishing market selling catches of the day and local produce where you can soak up the bustling atmosphere of Portugese life. There are also train and bus services. There are 3 golf courses within 15 miles of Olhao.
Couple living in South Wales who purchased (and got married) in Portugal as we think of it as our 2nd home and like to spend as much time there with our teenage son as possible.
Hayley Strange purchased this apartment in 2010
We fell in love with the Eastern Algarve area as it has an unspoilt, natural feel, incredibly friendly people and of course climate, food and beaches to die for. For us Olhao feels like a real Portuguese town with lovely architecture rather than a tourist destination, although it has so much to offer (and the Portuguese themselves definitely see it as a holiday resort particularly for the Aug maritime festival), with a fabulous 5* spa hotel, expanded marina and many restaurants offering fabulous fresh food at a fraction of the cost of other resorts. Faro airport only 15-20 mins away means you can be in the pool within an hour of landing! Miles of beaches just a short ferry ride away and good local transport mean you don't need a car, although exploring the hillside towns is a treat.
The property is set in a stunning modern stylish development with a rooftop pool which means you can enjoy all day sunshine without moving more than a floor away from our uxuriously appointed 2 bedroom apartment with all modern conveniences. The views of the Ria Formosa are truly spectacular and our spacious balcony gives you a fantastic outlook over the Ihlas, whilst being less than a 5 minute walk away from the restaurants and the Olhao market one of the biggest and best on the Algarve - particularly if you like fresh fish!
Magnificent two bedroom property in the center of Olhao. Close to all amenities and a short walk to the fish and vegetable markets.
Would definitely recommend as a vacation property while visiting the Algarve.
Family 4 (2 adults, 2 kids (age 3&6)
Apartment: modern, clean, spacious apartment. Has all the comforts of home. Air con very sufficient. On 4th floor with lift so very handy to the pool on the 5th floor. Really handy to have beach towels included as luggage allowance is dismal these days.
Location: great proximity to Faro airport, only 15/20 mins by car. We booked YellowFish Transfer for 50 euros return but thought that was a bit pricey for the distance we went. Heard in a normal taxi it's 20 Euros one way. Apartment blocks under the flight path so great for the kids to see all the airplanes during the day. Can sometime hear them early morning (6ish) but no problem sleeping during the night.
Amenities: closest supermarket is Lidl but it is a walk along a busy road which you have to cross. Best to not take kids with you and go on the weekend, roads quieter. Could get a taxi back very cheap. All big supermarkets like Pingo, Jumbo have a good selection of dairy free alternatives (except cheese, I never checked).
Loads of restaurants along the main street, only 5 min walk from apartment. Closest is the Emotions which is part of the development and the Sangria and dinner food was quite reasonable and very good. Other restaurants we liked were A Taska (tapas/burger), Prazeres (really nice and tiger prawns a must) and Frango Da Cidada (takeaway chicken but best to eat in, chips soggy when took away). Wasn't keen on O Bote (service appalling bad) and Ola Peixe (food was ok).
Other: As it was very hot very difficult for young children to walk any distance. Walked to the ferry terminal to go to the beach on Armona Island. Walk to terminal normally no more than 15 mins but in the heat and young children took much longer. Ferry tickets free for 4 and under and ride very enjoyable and not pricey. Once on the island you must bring or buy an umbrella as no shade for the children. We didn't walk to the other end of the island but the beach right off the ferry was a bit tacky and busy. We found a quieter part of the beach which is where the first aid station is situation, there's a path that takes you to the beach.
Overall had a great holiday and would recommend the apartment and location.
Nice spacy modern flat for a couple or famely with a generous sunny (afternoon) balcony on 3rd floor, right underneith the lovely rooftop pool area. The flat is well equiped - better & with more I dared to expect.
Olhão is a quiet place without a beach, but the islands are only a 15-30 min ferry ride away.
We were looking for a warm, quiet relaxed place for a week without any Party-TamTam like other places at europs costs/islands. We hit that spoton and had a lovely relaxing time.
I'm sure I'll return another time.
We had never been to Eastern Algarve and had no expectations but was blown away with it. The apartment is 10 minutes walk from getting the ferry to the different beaches and outside the Marina Hotel next door there is also some ferries and private boat taxis if you can't be bothered to walk.
The apartment is well equipped and modern and the roof top terrace with plunge pool made it a nice way to cool down after a hot day on the beach.
The restaurants are just a short stroll away and there is a stylish bar called Emotions just 2 minutes away. We had a chilled out lovely stay here and would totally recommend it and will definately be returning soon.
Anne, Jez, Charlotte and Ellie
My husband and myself have stayed in both of Hayley's and Mark's apartment's on many occasions and at different times of the year. There must be something we like about Olhao! We have always found both apartment's to be very clean and comfortable, well maintained and equipped for any cooking you may wish to do in the apartment. A 5 minute walk gets your to the vegetable and fish market's and the many cafe's and restaurant's. We personally have never hired a car as the local train and bus station's give you the scope to explore further if you wish to. Hayley and Mark are alway's happy to help with any query you have.
Third time in apartment, as always immaculate. Everything you need for s/c holiday. Love relaxing by swimming pool on roof. Plenty of lovely restaurants and cafes and good train links to Taveria and Faro. Ferry available to travel to beautiful islands for day trips. Can't wait to go back again. On site management company very helpful and owners fab too.