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Ultra modern spacious apartment in historic Olhao close to all amenities

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment in Olhao, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Old Town, 3 Mins Walk To Shops, Cafes, 7 Min Walk To Seafront And Famous Markets

5 * Property registered with the Portuguese authorities - (legal requirement since Dec 2014) AL number 20408/AL.

The property is situated in the old town on a double stand spanning three streets, less than 100m from the famous church of Nossa Senhora do Rosario. Built in 1698 with contributions from the fishermen, the church was the first stone building in the town. The town itself has smartened up considerably over the last few years and offers some interesting things to do. These include visiting the local fish market, which is very different to your supermarket fish counter at home. There is also an impressive aquarium. Or you can take a guided walk through the marshes and dunes that border the Ria Formosa lagoon. Other nice things to do include strolling through the gardens dedicated to Patrao Joaquim Lopez, (the founder of Portugal's lifeboat service) where you will find typical blue azulejos (tiles) illustrating the story of the treacherous sea journey from Olhao to Brazil in the Bom Sucesso in 1808. The town has a number of attractive old churches, including the Igreja Matriz which houses the Algarve's highest altar. There is some lovely architecture with cubist buildings and villas built by Europeans in the Moorish style. Olhao is where inexpensive ferries depart from the harbour for the nearby islands of Armona, Culatra and Farol, which, with their beautifully quiet sandy beaches, are one of Europe’s best kept secrets. A trip to any of these makes a pleasant excursion and the beaches are well worth a visit. Once at Armona, you can walk from the lagoon side to the ocean side of the island in about half an hour, past small beach houses on either side of the non-traffic pathway. Take a picnic if you choose.

Many say Olhão is one of the nicest towns along the coast. While many other coastal towns thrive mainly on tourism, Olhao has retained its original character with a strong Moorish influence and still functions as the main fishing port in the Algarve. The result is that it is very lively throughout the year in contrast to other tourist towns which are often quite dead outside the tourist season. Olhão is a town for people who like the real Portugal, its history and culture, the beautiful islands and beaches, the nature reserve and the beautiful hinterlands. So this is not the place for clubbers, loud bar lovers etc.

The 1.3 km promenade is one of the best in the whole Algarve, due to its green space, children’s play areas, the famous red brick buildings housing the covered daily (except Sundays) fish, fruit and vegetable markets, the local products/ outdoor market on Saturday and the many excellent cafés/coffee shops, bars and restaurants, serving everything from pizza, tapas to fantastic fresh seafood. Significant parts of the town have recently undergone extensive renovation including many of the largo or squares and this is still the case. Olhao is a pretty place to just lounge and drink a coffee/beer.

As prices in the restaurants are about the best in the Algarve, many tourists eat out, but guests who enjoy cooking can visit the markets and enjoy the exceptionally well equipped kitchen in which to prepare food in.

This large apartment sleeps 4. As soon as you enter the door you get an immediate feeling for the space and light within. This is something every guest has commented upon to us, the owners. The apartment boasts two very large outdoor terraces from which you can enjoy great views over the old town. This property offers exceptional outdoor space which you do not get in many other Olhao properties, comfort, luxury and character for discerning guests.

From the apartment, you can explore the shops in the cobbled walkways. With the seafront so close by, you can reach the main promenade through winding cobbled back streets in 5 minutes.


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Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2017

About The Owner

We are a South African family who moved to the United Kingdom in early 2000. We first purchased a beach cottage in Armona in 2006 recognising that it would offer us a lifestyle very close to that which we so enjoyed in South Africa; long hours of sunshine, relaxed lifestyle and lovely beaches nearby and this has certainly been the case. As time went by, we were very taken by the vibrancy of Olhao, the authenticity of the town, shabby chic we call it.... We particularly enjoy the markets and Saturday market day so decided to renovate a further property there which we are delighted to share with you. We are very familiar with both the island of Armona and the town of Olhao and feel we can offer you a rather unique experience.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 2009

Why The Owner chose Olhao region

We bought the property in Olhao because we loved its position and proximity to cafes, shops and restaurants. Olhao is an incredibly lively place filled with the noisy atmosphere of daily fish markets. Both fruit and fish markets are world renowned and commented upon in all the guide books. In addition, within ten minutes we can be on the ferry to our property on the island of Armona. If you would like to split your stay between the two properties we would be happy to accommodate you. (Jabulani, Armona Island).

What makes this apartment unique

The property is both airy and spacious with lovely views. It is not necessary to have a car as it is right in the town. It is a way of life for the Olhanense to drink coffee with friends and eat out with the whole family and the number of cafes and restaurants in the town is incredible and part of the fun is to discover new places to eat and drink. Prices are much lower than in the more commercial holiday areas along the coast and the welcome genuine. Most of all Olhao is a laid-back town where you can relax, take your time, chat to the some of the local characters, and really chill out and enjoy what the town has to offer. In the summer season, the town comes alive at night particularly during the August week long seafood festival with stalls and street entertainment.

The nearby beaches are some of the finest in Europe and the ferry ride is all part of a great day out. We love it, we hope you do too!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are reluctant to write a positive review of our stay in Olhao and Armona as it could encourage too many others to head out there and enjoy the ‘real’ Portugal we discovered on our ten day trip at the end of April - all without the hassle of hiring a car! The holiday started by being met at Faro airport by a friendly taxi-driver who took us straight to the apartment, twenty miles away. Our hostess Lucie met us at the door of and showed us round the roomy apartment, tucked away in the old town, an oasis of calm and comfort from which to explore the fish restaurants, fabulous market and general atmosphere of this delightful fishing port. During the day we soaked up the sun on the roof terrace when it was shining, enjoying the buzz of street life below. At night we slept soundly in the comfortable bed. After four days of Portuguese urban life and plenty of simple fresh fish we were relaxed and ready for the beach retreat.

A ten minute walk to the jetty and twenty minute ferry trip later we were heading up the main footpath through Armona towards Jabulani, Lucie’s beach-house. This delightful sand-dune island, part of a large nature reserve, is composed of several huge sandy beaches and a clutch of beach houses, once fishermen’s cottages. Being car-free meant real peace so much of the time was spent lounging in one of the small cafe / restaurants and walking on the beaches. Like Lucie's town-house, Jabulani was roomy and kitted out with everything needed for a relaxing holiday - including an inflatable canoe we used for a couple of evening paddles. From the roof platform we could look over rooftops towards the small estuary ten metres away and watch the sea-birds and the ebb and flow of the tide.

A half-day boat trip round the islands with a group of strangers (who quickly became friends), was a fitting end to this thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing holiday. The few days in the town's bustle providing a great contrast to the laid-back and car-free beach retreat. We are coming back!
Apr 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Olhão in Algarve

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom with seperate large shower, wc, bidet, linen basket and towel radiator. 2nd bathroom with bath/shower over, wc, bidet and towel radiator. Both bathrooms are exceptionally modern & beautifully tiled.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (air-conditioned) with king size bed, fantastically modern en-suite bathroom, balconies off both the bedroom and the bathroom. Bedroom 2 with two twin wrought iron beds and balcony. All bedrooms have wardrobes, bedside tables & chest of drawer
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Notes on accommodation: This large spacious apartment is situated in the old Moorish town of Olhao and accessed via Rua dos Cordoeiros, parallel to Rua Luis da Camoes . It is fitted with contemporary furniture and all the latest modern conveniences. Wrought iron beds, granite worktops and granite dining table. Italian tiled bathrooms, leather sofa and rattan cane chairs in living area. The apartment has hand carved wooden windows, which are double-glazed with shutters. You may well find cheaper accommodation in other parts of Olhao but much of this consists of small apartments away from the charm of the old town, balconies with no decent outside space. As guests have indicated, if you want top quality accomodation, cheap fish restaurants, bustling fishing boats and tidal estuaries, beaches to die for, a boat trip to the islands and amazing wildlife nearby, this one is for you. No pets or smoking permitted in the apartment. An information folder to help you enjoy your stay will be in the apartment. Outside: The apartment boasts two very large outside terraces, the first one adjoins the living room with a brick built bar-b-que, the second is the very large roof terrace with recliners, table and chairs. The patio doors in living area are made to fold back completely as shown in photographs. You can sit on either terrace with a glass of Portuguese wine and watch the world go by. From the lower terrace, you can walk up to the upper roof terrace which has a charming view across the rooftops towards the sea -visible on the horizon. The roof terrace has drying facilities and separate seating and recliners. Up here you get sunshine all day long! It is a quiet, peaceful and private spot, ideal for sunbathing or an afternoon nap! Utility Room: Utility cupboard with vacuum cleaner, ironing board, iron, laundry basket/pegs, cleaning equipment, beach umbrella, shopping trolley. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels (including beach towels) are provided. We ask tenants to leave the property in the condition in which they found it. A light clean is provided at end of stay


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(31 traveller reviews)


Great apartment and very well located

  • 5 of 5

It was our first stay in Portugal and we want to thank Lucie for her availibility and all the advices they gave us before departure. She arranged the taxi to pick us up at Faro airport and he also drove us back to the airport.

We were 2 adults and 1 child of 12 years old and the apartment was perfect.

The apartment is very well furnished with all appliances needed for a great comfort. Wifi is working fine which was important for us.

The 2 terraces are incredible and the roof top is excellent for sun bathing and also for drying clothes. It also has an incredible view over Olhao.

The apartment is very well located in the center of Olhao, we had no car and could walk everywhere (to the market, to take the ferry to the islands, to the train station, to the mall, etc...).

We felt very secure in the apartment and could experience portugese way of life as in the middle of the city.

Lucie was also very quick to refund our deposit after departure.

I would recommend Lucie's apartment to anyone who would like to have a nice stay in a small town in Algarve, with all the comfort.

  • Review Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Caroline & family for your comments; we are delighted you enjoyed your stay, found the place comfortable with all that you needed to make your stay even more enjoyable. I know you had a few questions before you travelled, that's perfectly understandable given it was your first time in Portugal and indeed Olhao, a typically Portuguese town which has retained much of its original character! It's the simplicity of the town and the fact that a car is really not necessary as everything is within a 5-10 minute walk at most which attracts many to the place. I was very happy that I could answer your questions and hope we will see you again perhaps in our Armona cottage at some point. Thank you very much for treating the place as if it was your own and leaving it clean and tidy, always much appreciated.
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Whats not to like!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed many times in Olhao but this appartment was by far the best accommodation we have had. The apartment is very light, bright and roomy. Everything from furniture to pots and pan to bed linen was really good quality, it was very well equipped with everything we needed and more. Nice little touches made all the difference. Loads of outside space a lovely terrace with table, chairs and barbecue and a lovely large roof terrace with great views equipped with table, chairs and sunbeds. We enjoyed a few sundowners on the roof watching the storks fly past! Can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lindsey for a very complimentary review. Your comments are particularly noteworthy in light of your knowledge of other local accommodation in the town itself. We are delighted you found everything you needed to be comfortable plus the little extras which all helps in terms of being able to enjoy one's stay fully. WE look forward to hosting you again at some point in the future. Best wishes Lucie & Nicholas
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The facilities and quality were first class

  • 4 of 5

There is not much to say about an almost perfect property. The only caveat is that the insulation qualities left a lot to be desired. Unfortunately we hit a mixed weather and were very cold in the living area as all the heat generated seemed to be lost as it was produced. Some curtaining in the living area would probably have helped. The situation was perfect for accessing all the facilities including transport.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ronald, you are the first person to have flagged this up but I know you were concerned about feeling the cold even before you went, perhaps you do more than others. You mention curtains but many others love the views offered by the bi-fold doors when open and the design of the unit doesn't really lend itself to curtains; we prefer shutters. We will explore other options when we return and advise guests that it can be cold at night. I am pleased you found the apartment and location perfect for your day trips out. Thank you for leaving it clean and tidy, always much appreciated. Best wishes, Lucie
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Amazing accommodation!!

  • 5 of 5

The accommodation was amazing, very clean and cosy. Very secure with an alarm and in an excellent location, very central and plenty of cafes close by, didn't get to meet the owners in person although had great communication throughout booking. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both, we were sorry to have missed you but delighted you enjoyed your stay and were well looked after. The location of the apartment is such that one can access everything which I gather you did. Thank you for sharing your experience with other potential guests. Lucie & Nicholas
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Superb apartment with everything you could need

  • 5 of 5

A very well equipped apartment in the old town of Olhao. Everything you need & more: a very well equipped kitchen particularly if you wish to take advantage of the local (fish & fruit/veg) markets; washer, dishwasher; v comfortable bedroom, a rooftop terrace with loungers, table & chairs & drying line; another terrace with dining table& chairs just outside folding doors.Walking distance to lots of places to eat, drink, shop & ferries to the islands.

Lucie & Nick are very friendly & helpful hosts who advised on where to visit & eat & park in the narrow (old town) /streets.

We would love to stay again

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great apartment + Great hosts + Great location + Great town + Great food = Great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. I know you dined out quite a bit and were very impressed with some of the restaurants in the town, I say some as I think you became frequent visitors to one or two! The proximity of the apartment to all that Olhao has to offer makes for an easy holiday. Nicholas & Lucie
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
May/June 2017
14 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid-season 2017
10 Sep 2017 - 8 Oct 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
October 2017
9 Oct 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low season 2 -2017
5 Nov 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
March 2018
1 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
April/mid May 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 13 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid season 2018
14 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
High season 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Sept/Oct 2018
10 Sep 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low season 2018
15 Oct 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes.
Breakages deposits are refunded within 14 days subject to cleaning/inspection, less any deductions as stated above.

A stay of less than 6 days attracts €40 levy to cover extra clean

Where payments are made in currencies other than sterling, the exchange rate will be that which is applicable at the time each stage payment is made. Clients can make payment in full at booking stage to avoid any possible fluctuations.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible. We will work with your arrival time wherever possible and also departure time. We will look after your luggage should you arrive early or depart late.

Notes on prices:
A 20% surcharge is applied for more than two persons. Two persons requesting use of both bedrooms will attract a 10% surcharge. Payment in € will be at prevailing rate of exchange at point of payment.

Cancellation policy:

* No cancellation fee will be incurred for cancellations made after payment of first deposit, up to & including 90 days prior to arrival.
* Cancellation fee equal to 50% of total reservation cost is payable in the case of cancellations made between 90 and 30 days prior to arrival.
* Cancellation fee equal to 100% of total reservation cost is payable in the case of a cancellation made between 29 days prior to and date of arrival.
* 100% of the total cost for any non-arrival or no-show.
* Any refunds arising from a cancellation will incur a minimum 5% handling fee.

50% (25% in high season) of the total reservation cost is required to secure a booking with balance due 2 months before arrival. Reservations made within 60 days prior to arrival are payable within 48 hours of reservation request. A breakages deposit of £100 is payable and will be applied against any exceptional cleaning, and/or replacement of the property, furnishings, fixtures and fittings.

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