Morro Dos Anjos
Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Lovingly restorted a short time ago, it has all the modern comforts of a Villa, but with the character of an old farmhouse. The Farmhouse is very spacious inside, perfect for families or Couples who like space and comfort. The farmhouse is air conditioned throughout, great for the summer and winter alike. Set in the countryside it has a fabulous rural feel, however within 10 minutes drive you are in the heart of the fishing town of Olhao, with its famous fish and vegetable markets and array of restaurants.
Olhao is also the host to the 'shellfish festival' every August - well worth a sample! From Olhao catch a short ferry to one of the 'islands' which are largely deserted out of season.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro, Nearest railway: Olhao|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Morro dos Anjos is very well thought out with the living areas in the centre of the house. The modern well equipped kitchen with breakfast bar is in the heart of the farmhouse, adjoining this is the dining room. This open planned living arrangement makes a very social holiday experience. Off of the kitchen and dining area is the large lounge with leather sofas and English TV and DVD player.
At one side of the farmhouse you will find 2 bedrooms, both of which are en-suite. The first being a double with en-suite bathroom and the second being a single room with bunk beds and en-suite shower room. At the other end of the farmhouse are 2 further bedrooms one double and one twin bedroom, which share a large family bathroom. In addition to this there is a laundry room and plenty of wardrobe space in each of the rooms.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a very comfortable outside 'lounge', for those lazy late nights spent debating what to do the next day, “shall we stay or shall we explore”. There are further terraced eating areas surrounding the farmhouse and a fabulous pool with adjoining petanque area.
The Algarve region
The coastal towns of the eastern Algarve are ‘real’ towns, far more under-developed than those in the Central and Western area of the Algarve.
If you are after a more relaxed style of holiday, away from the hordes of tourists and water parks, then the Eastern Algarve may be the place for you.
Why is it so undeveloped? The reason for this is probably because the towns along the coast are not generally right on the sea. They are separated from the Atlantic by salt-pans, marshland and lagoons. These form part of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve which stretches from just south of Faro along the coast to the town of Vila Nova de Cacela, a few kilometres west of the Rio Guadiana river on the Spanish border.
The headquarters of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve at Quinta Marim is worth a visit.
The beaches you’ll find along the coast are to be found on long sandy islands and outcrops. Because of this, little development of hotels has been possible, and should therefore keep the area quieter than other areas in the Algarve.
The wetlands of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve make this area of coastline, wild and interesting, in contrast to the red sandstone cliffs of the central Algarve and the rugged coastline in the west.
Further inland, the area is completely undeveloped. Small rustic villages nestle in the remote countryside. You’ll find the local inhabitants going about their daily business, the same today as they did many generations before.
The pretty fishing town of Olhao, is most definitely a working town rather than an Algarve resort and is the largest fishing port in Portugal, supplying not only the Algarve, but the rest of Portugal with fresh fish. Arguably, here you will find the freshest seafood in the whole of the Algarve.
Olhao is a great place to visit, with plenty of things to see and do. Probably the most famous place to visit is the indoor fish market. This is located down at the waterfront in one of two large red brick buildings. The other building, next door is home to the vegetable market.
Wandering around Olhao’s fish market, you’ll be amazed by the quantity and the variety of the fish and seafood on offer. It’s also great value for money. I bought four large tuna steaks for no more than it would cost for one in the UK. If you are staying in a villa, you should definitely buy some of the produce to cook on the barbeque on your return. The freshest seafood is to be found in the mornings, straight after the fishermen have landed their catch, but this is also the busiest times as the locals are also there buying for their family’s dinner.
Once you have been there, pop next door into the vegetable market, which is equally impressive in its own way. Laden with locally grown vegetables and fruit, it is a great place to get the accompaniments to your fish supper.
On the 3rd Monday of each month, you’ll find the Olhao’s outdoor market, sprawling along the waterfront. Full of local farmers and craftsmen, there is plenty to tempt you with more local produce, leather belts, clothing and the like.
After a hard morning’s shopping, stop at one of the many Olhao restaurants and sample some of the wonderfully fresh seafood. Olhao, arguably has some of the best seafood restaurants in the Algarve. Most of the bars and restaurants are down by the seafront or in Rua do Commercio.
If you are here in August, you will no doubt encounter Olhao’s annual seafood festival, the festa do Marisco. It goes on for five days, so you've no excuse to miss it. It attracts tens of thousands of people each year, and for a few Euros entrance fee (although young children are free), you'll get a plate of prawns and a drink to enjoy. Well organised and enjoyable, apart from all the seafood on offer, there’s singing, dancing and concerts laid on. The Seafood Festival takes place at the Jardim Pescador in Olhão.
After your lunch, you can walk it off around the municipal gardens, which are a few minutes from the market or visit the old quarter, with its narrow cobbled streets. Here you can buy souvenirs or local crafts.
For some more serious shopping, the pedestrian-only Rua do Commercio has many shops and boutiques to browse around. Plus a new commercial centre for some seriuos shopping
If you have a little more energy, and like churches, wander up to the Igreja da Nossa Senhorado Rosario, a 17th century Baroque church. Climb to the top and enjoy the marvellous views across Olhao town.
Another great place for a walk is the Quinta de Marim nature reserve. This is located on the outskirts of the town and is full of wildlife, including flamingos.
A ferry at the front in Olhao takes you to one of the islands (ilhas). Ferries leave from the pier down by the old fish docks. Culatra is about 45 minutes away, and has some wonderful beaches. Armona island is only about 15 minutes away. Apart from a few bars, some holiday chalets and the wonderful beach, there is nothing else there. Both islands allow nude sunbathing in places, should it take your fancy.
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23 Sep 2012
Fab Villa - Lots of Room for Two Families - Completely private, yet near to towns & beaches.
The villa has everything you need, in fact we could hardly bear to leave!
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