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Large 2 Bedroom, Frontline Apartment with Magnificent Views Of The Ria Formosa

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Apartment in Fuzeta, Eastern Algarve, Portugal . - Relaxing Location, 3 Minute Walk To The Beach

We made a conscious effort to ensure that the apartment is a 'home away from home' - because to us, that's what it is. We have included extras that we would want from a holiday home - ipod charger, radio, basic foods, books, DVDs, board games, beach towels, to name but a few. We want our guests to be able to relax, cook in if they want, watch TV or a DVD and chill out. We have installed an IPTV package to ensure you don't miss your favourite British TV programmes. This package also gives you access to unlimited broadband. The property is an extremely big 2 bedroom apartment (120 metres) with 2 bathrooms, so can easily accommodate 5 people comfortably. There is a beautiful private roof terrace, ideal for al fresco dining, as well as a balcony off the living room, with beautiful sea views, The apartment is ideally located, just a 3 minute walk from the beach and restaurants. There is no need to hire a car, as the train station is a 2 minute walk and travels the length of the Algarve as well as linking to Spain.

More Details
Registration Number : 1539/AL

Helen Connolly
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Helen Connolly

Helen and Andrew are from Dublin, and bought their apartment in 2009. They had always dreamt of having a place by the sea and although they knew central Algarve well, they had never been further east than Faro. Neighbours introduced them to Fuseta, a Portuguese village on the eastern coast of the Algarve with spectacular views of the Ria Formosa lagoon. They fell in love with the area , so much so that they got married in nearby Tavira two years later! They have been to the area numerous times since 2009 and have written a detailed information pack on the area - activities , daytrips , best places to eat etc. This is updated after every trip and is furnished to all guests .

Helen Connolly purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Helen Connolly chose Moncarapacho

When we first came to Fuseta it felt like stepping back in time. The area is very unspoilt and the village is an old fashioned, traditional fishing village where everyone knows everyone. The locals speak just enough English to get by, but they welcome tourists with open arms. They work mostly in restaurants or in the fishing trade and are very family oriented. The beaches are very beautiful and the restaurants serve delicious food at a fraction of what it costs anywhere else on the Algarve. And, of course, there’s guaranteed sunshine from mid April through to mid October! All in all , a lovely, laid back holiday destination.

What makes this apartment unique

The amazing beaches are amongst the biggest attractions in the area. They have plenty of facilities like sun beds, restaurants and toilets, and are incredibly unspoilt, uncrowded and perfect for long walks and water sports. The area is characterised by ‘sandspit’ beaches, meaning they are separated from the mainland by a lagoon and have to be reached by a ferry boat or water taxi.

A 10 minute drive from Fuseta is Barril Beach which is accessed by a little locomotive train. The area used to be a tuna village and the buildings are still standing but have now been converted into cafés, restaurants, shops and other facilities for tourists. A more romantic alternative is to get a water taxi from Fuzeta to a nearby deserted beach.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Helen. We have been very happy to stay in your apartment. Your equipment has a very good quality, we appreciate you quick replies and professional attitude. Also the kind and good service from Luso Living has been highly appreciated.So, as we intend to go to Fuseta for many years to come, we may contact you again for next year.
Jan 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Moncarapacho in Municipality of Olhão

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • No smoking indoors No Pets Maximum number of guests 5
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Lift
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 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
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet Both bathrooms are fully tiled with contemporary designs. The main bathroom has a shower and bathtub, the en suite has a walk in shower unit.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed, extra bed optional Bedroom 2 - 2 single beds Both bedrooms have fitted wardrobes, vanity units and air conditioning
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay
  • churches
  • library
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The apartment is very large (120 metres) and comfortable. All appliances are new and our aim is to welcome you to our 'home from home', with lots of extras to help you make the most of your holiday. The apartment is equipped with information packs, books, DVDs, beach towels and basic foods and toiletries to help you settle in. The apartment is fully licensed, as required by Portuguese law. This means it meets all legal requirements for safety and hygiene. In order to get a license, gas and electricity certificates must be issued and then renewed every five years . This has all been complied with, Portuguese law also requires that the property is equipped with safety equipment (fire extinguisher, fire blanket and first aid kit). All these items are in the apartment. Rest assured that the health and safety of our guests is a priority. Outside: As well as a very spacious interior (120 metres)The apartment has plenty of outdoor areas: the balcony, off the living room, gets the morning sun. It is furnished with a table, chairs and loungers. It is ideal for breakfast al fresco . The private roof terrace measures over 100sqft, it is equipped with a table and chairs as well as sun loungers. It gets the sun all day long, and has magnificent views over the Ria Formosa. The complex has several communal sunbathing areas as well as a beautiful pool area with plenty of loungers. The pool measures about 15m long and has a children's shallow area. There is a shaded area beside the pool for younger children or for when it gets too hot. Utility Room: The apartment is supplied with a washing machine, ironing board, brushes, brooms, clothes horse, as well as basic food, toiletries and household products . Beach towels are also available for our guests. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The apartment is cleaned every week. Additional maid service can be arranged. Other: There is a magnificent private roof terrace, the length of the apartment, which is ideal for sunbathing and eating al fresco, while enjoying the views over the Ria Formosa. The roof terrace is furnished with loungers, a table and chairs.


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Large 2 Bedroom, Frontline Apartment with Magnificent Views Of The Ria Formosa
average rating of 4.857143 based on 16 reviews

Even better than described

  • 5 of 5

We had a perfect stay in this apartment as a family with a three year old and a baby. Though it's also perfect for 4 adults.

The apartment has everything you need in terms of tools and utensils, some things are somewhat outdated, but overall it worked well for us. The apartment is spacious, and really has it all: balcony, huge roof terrace with 360 view, swimming pool, indoor garage, and you'll easily walk into town or to the beach.

Fuseta is a really nice town, many places to eat or have a coffee (with pastel de nata). Also the lunch and dinner times were not that late as compared to Spain for example, where kitchens don't open until 2 pm / 8 pm, which is critical when traveling with young kids. We also cooked in the apartment, that worked out fine too, there's a dish washer too, so all fine.

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nicholaas Thank you for posting such a nice review. I'm glad you and your children enjoyed your short stay. I hope you are able to stay longer the next time ! Helen
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Lovely Apartment In A Lovely Place

  • 5 of 5

Having spent a week with our younger family members in the West Algarve, my wife and I chose to visit the East for a few days "recuperating"! And what a good decision it was all round.

Helen's apartment proved very spacious for the 2 of us, and being 2 bedroomed (1 double & 1 twin) with 2 bathrooms, would also suit a family or similar. Very clean with all you need for home cooking etc ( but why bother- see later!). Good-sized rooms throughout and an absolutely huge roof space with lovely views. It does have a narrow spiral staircase for accessing which may prove difficult for some however. The balcony with patio doors is large enough not to worry about this though, again with views of the Formosa and the pool for the smallish complex, which is of a good size..and I also found it warmer than expected! There is also a lift at the complex entrance which made it easy for luggage handling.

There are plenty of choices to eat out in Fuzeta at extremely good prices (had to double check the bill at a couple of the places as I was sure they'd missed things off!).And the local mini market was reasonable too.

The beaches are beautiful as is the rest of the Rio Formosa, and we spent a wonderful day sightseeing in Tavira using the local train as transport (cheap and on time too!).

And finally, thanks to Helen for all her help and advice from start to finish. A definite thumbs up for any future visit to this part of the world!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dave Thanks for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review. I'm so glad you and Sue enjoyed your stay In Fuzeta and that it served as a relaxing end to a hectic family get together. You packed in a lot during your short stay and really embraced all that the area has to offer. Thank you for taking such good care of our home . You are welcome back any time. Helen
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Great location + beautiful apartment = amazing time during your holiday!

  • 5 of 5

The location is great and the city is one of those places that is not packed with tourists so you can really get to feel the local area and get to speak to locals. The apartment exceeded our expectations - spacious, clean and has everything what you might need for your comfortable stay. It even has a considerable size of interesting books that you can read while lying on the sandy beach! The pool area is clean and tidy and the block itself is quiet with spacious balconies where you can enjoy your evening meal at the apartment in the enjoyably cool evening weather. There is a massive roof terrace where you can enjoy the heat in the sun if you feel too lazy to go the beach! The views from the terrace are breath taking! I would highly recommend this location and especially the apartment and I bet you won't regret it!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your glowing review , I'm glad you had a comfortable and enjoyable stay Fuzeta is indeed a lovely place and it's hard to beat those sea views from the roof terrace and the front balcony! I look forward to hosting your next visit. Helen
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Clean, spacious, perfect

  • 5 of 5

The apartments are first class and Helen ensured everything was perfect on our arrival. They are large and there is everything in them that you would need at home let alone on holiday. The pool is large and regularly cleaned. We went in the school holidays and never struggled for a sun bed, it really is fairly quiet at times round the pool. Fuseta is an unspoilt part of the Algarve, so perfect for our family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children 12 and 14. Lots to do if you bother to look and find out, there is a train station 2 minutes walk away which can take you to other towns, a beach in the other direction 2 minutes walk away, where you can paddle board or kayak. Another beach a 5 minute boat ride away. You can hire bikes and there is a cycle track plus lots more. The food is wonderful in my opinion, lots of fish, but there is other food, and so very very reasonable. This isn't for those seeking a crazy nightlife, but if you are looking for the real thing, or a place where you can also explore other towns, then this is for you.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Karen Thank you for your review. I'm so glad you and the family enjoyed all that this beautiful part of the Algarve has to offer. Hope to see you back sometime soon Helen
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A Fuseta Must!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely fantastic very well equipped spotlessly clean apartment and a TV with English channels and wifi included is an added bonus. Perfect location whether you are looking for a great meal out, a trip on the train or for food shopping as there is a very well stocked local supermarket within a short stroll.

Can't wait to return and would definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your 5 star review Margaret and glad you enjoyed all that Fuzeta has to offer. I look forward to welcoming you back soon. Helen
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lovely relaxing holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in this lovely, spacious, modern and comfortable apartment at beginning of August for a week, couldn't fault apartment one bit, so comfortable with everything you need, Fuzeta is a beautiful, friendly, safe and cheap location to stay in and ideal for every age. We'll be back! :)

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Maria Thanks for your lovely review and glad you had a relaxing time. It was a pleasure to host you and you and the family are welcome back any time. All the best. Helen
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Barril Beach Cafe
Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Ria bar
Nearest Ferry
300 Metres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
100 Metres
Fuzeta A
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Nearest Beach
300 Metres


There is a lagoon beach which is a 3 minute walk from the apartment. It is well serviced with beds, toilets, showers and a bar. It is ideal for children as the lagoon is warmer than the ocean and shallower. The beautiful Ilha de Fuzeta is accessed by ferry (a 5 minute walk away), which goes regularly all day. The beach is well equipped with cafes, beds, umbrellas and toilets. Water taxis are available from the harbour which can bring you to one of the many deserted beaches around the Ria Formosa. The famous Barill Beach is a 15 minute drive from the apartment. A renovated tuna village, it has several restaurants and beds to hire


Faro airport is a 30 minute drive away. There is also a bus from Faro airport to Faro train station, from where you can get a train directly to Fuseta. The station is a 2 minute walk from the apartment.

Car hire is not necessary. The main towns along the East Algarve (Tavira, Olhao, Vila Real) are on the train line. The village has everything you need - supermarkets, Bank, hairdresser, fish and fresh fruit and veg markets, cafes, bars, restaurants, beach shops etc.


There is a train station 2 mins from the apartment. The train route goes all the way from Vila Real to the east to Lagos to the West. You have easy access to day trips like Faro (great shopping) Olhao (beautiful boardwalk and marina) Tavira, (the main town of the region)Vila Real with its lovely promenade and cobbled streets.(From here you can also get a ferry to Ayamonte in Spain), also the nearby medieval town of Castro Marim is well worth a visit.

Further Details:

Fuseta is a charming, traditional Portuguese fishing village located in the beautiful Ria Formosa area of the Algarve, 10 km from Tavira. It offers a wide choice of restaurants, cafes and bars. There is a beautiful lagoon beach just 2 minutes walk from the apartment, or a 5 minutes ferry ride will take you to the unspoilt island beach (Ilha Do Armona) which stretches for miles. Ferries go regularly all day.

The apartment is just a 3 minute walk from the beach and restaurants. There is no need to hire a car, as the train station is a 2 minute walk and travels the length of the Algarve as well as linking to Spain. We have left an up to date timetable in the apartment for your convenience,

Our agents are available on the off chance something goes wrong or if you need help with anything.

The East Algarve enjoys a warmer climate than the West Algarve, being more sheltered. Therefore the weather is consistently hot from May to October, pleasantly warm in November,and warm From December through to April.

The apartment is ideally located to avail of the magnificent beaches in the area - none of which get busy , all of which are stunning.

The village of Fuzeta has everything you could need to make your stay more comfortable. Banks, supermarkets, hairdressers, markets , restaurants, bars, cafes, bakers, butchers, fishmongers, dentist , doctor, beauticians, newsagents and souvenir shops. A small local Supermarket is a three minute walk from the apartment.

Everything is a fraction of the price of things in Ireland and the UK, and about half the price of the Western / Central Algarve.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A taxi transfer can be arranged from Faro.
A travel cot can be rented for 30 Euros per week.
Welcome packs can be ordered on your behalf

Special rates available for winter guests. any stay over 2 months in November, December, January, February and March eligible. contact us for more information

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible

Notes on prices:
The price includes ' meet and greet', all utilities, post visit clean , WIFI , access to all facilities, mid visit clean and change of towels ( for stays over a week) .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.