Townhouse / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 3

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Looking for something very special? Elegance, character and comfort sum up this beautiful historic restored town house in the old fishing port town of Olhao.

This perfectly situated property is minutes from the historic old town, water front promenade and harbour with its local passenger ferry port to nearby beach islands. Famous for its fishing heritage, Olhao still retains its character with cobbled streets , cube houses , old churches, storks nests, a bustling and colourful market and great seafront restaurants.

Guests staying at the Old Merchants House, have a unique experience. Relax in the terrace private jacuzzi spa with superb views over the islands and town spires and watch storks feeding their young from nearby chimneys.

A truly relaxing holiday and a great base where a car is not a necessity. A very Unique property and holiday experience. Probably the nicest house for rent in Olhao.

Size Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Armona 2 km
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Faro 20 km, Nearest railway: Olhao
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, Air conditioning, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

One of the finest and best situated houses in this historic centre of Olhao. Exquisitely furnished with lovingly restored decor brings to mind the heyday of this once affluent town . You can soak up the atmosphere of the Merchant's House and area , with 360 degree views over the townscape, the sandbank islands and the old fishing port. Guests have said its "much better than a 5 star hotel".

The Old Merchants House is situated in a pedestrianised street. Two minutes from the sea front and island ferries, quality supermarket, coffee shops, open air vegetable market, famous fresh fish restaurants, old town, etc. Extremely convenient location with no need for a car.

A taxi 'airport to door' service is available at reasonable cost. You will be met at the house by Mario who is happy to help with any advice or information you may need to get the most from your stay. A very special experience and a wonderful holiday base for discerning guests.

Further details outdoors

Two terraces allow for fine outdoor dining with great views. The lower terrace has sunbeds , a small ,pretty roof top garden , table and decking. The upper terrace has a private jacuzzi spa * with even better views over the nearby sandbank islands and town spires. The House has a wonderful and unique atmosphere -a holiday to remember.

Further details

Flexible changeover dates - please enquire. You will be met by Mario (some call him 'super'). He's there to show you the ropes and give any advice and support you may want to help you make the best from your stay with us.

We can also arrange a reliable taxi meet and pick up from airport to the House at reasonable cost. Just ask.

The Algarve region

The Eastern Algarve is a relatively unspoilt area, retaining much of it's character. Olhao with its cube houses,cobbled streets and historic fishing industry offers a real taste of this part of Portugal.

Closeness to the unspoilt sandbank islands (just a short ferry trip away), an interesting old town and port area, and a lively local farmers market are great attractions. In addition, there is a splendid seafront promenade, great restaurants, evening jazz cocktails and a wonderful ice cream shop to boot! The Old Merchant's House is in one of the best locations in the old quarter of Olhao and has great 360 degree views.


No need for a car here. If you want to travel further afield, there is a single line railway that travels along the coast, a local bus station which will take you to Faro , Tavira and local villages , or even an express service for a long day in Seville.

If you do hire a car, however, there is plenty of free on-street parking close-by.