Village Marina Olhao
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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
A brand new 1 bedroom apartment, fully furnished, overlooking the lagoons and salt mines of Ria Formosa National Park, where you can see flamingos and other birds feeding on the salty waters. The apartment is on the 2nd floor, and has a spacious and sunny balcony with a Weber BBQ and a roof-top pool. 15 min by car to the nearest Golf Course (www.golfbenamor.com) and 10 min walk to a ferry to take you to beautiful unspoiled islands of Armona, Colatra and Farol. The 5 star Real marina Hotel & SPA is just 300 meters away from the flat with a marina in front, where you can rent a boat for a tour along the channels of Ria Formosa.
Free car parking in front of the apartment.
Seafood restaurants, fish and vegetable markets, cafes, bars, post office, shops, banks, taxis and train station/bus station are all within a couple minutes walk.
Faro, the capital of Algarve, with an international airport, is only 10 min away by car (see Google map attached).
To other places (by car): 15 min to Tavira; 30 min to Albufeira; 20 min to Vilamoura.
Other Golf Courses in the area: www.quintadariagolf.com; www.golfcolinaverde.com
Water Parks in the area: www.aquashowpark.com; www.slidesplash.com
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Armona, Culatra, Farol (by ferry boat) 2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro International Airport 15 km, Nearest railway: Olhao 1 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Lift access|
|Further details indoors|
This brand new and large airy apartment was completed in August 2011; All furniture is new and the kitchen has all the modern utilities including a large fridge/freezer, microwave, coffee machine, dishwasher and washing machine. 1 king size bed and 1 sofa that can be converted to a bed for 1-2 children. Air conditioning in bedroom and lounge. Bath and shower are integrated in the bathroom. Beach towels, beach chairs and umbrella are available, together with a shopping trolley.
|Further details outdoors|
There's a large balcony with table and chairs and a Weber BBQ. There is also a large sunny communal roof space with a beautiful swimming pool where you can enjoy a wonderful view, perfect for relaxing and enjoy the sun set.3)-
Please bring a pair of binoculars, so you can enjoy the flamingos and other birds feeding in the lagoons.
1) No pets allowed in the apartment
2) No smoking allowed inside the apartment (only in the balcony and terrace)
3) A security deposit of 200 Euros is required prior to arrival via bank transfer. Deposit will be returned to you in cash upon returning the apartment keys.
The Algarve region
The eastern part of the Algarve, or “SOTAVENTO” as the Portuguese call it, is without doubt the new frontier of the Algarve. On the borders with Spain and home to some of the Algarve’s most unspoiled beaches, the eastern Algarve has traditionally been a very well kept secret.
The apartment is located just in front of Europe’s most important and idyllic nature reserve, The Ria Formosa Nature Park. Comprising a system of sandy barrier islands enclosing tranquil blue lagoons with flamingos and other birds, it is certainly worth a visit.
Half a century ago, people from Olhao lived only from the sea. Those who were not sailors, were the sons or grandsons of sailors. The wives were employed by the fishing transformation companies, whilst the men were either fishing off the coast from small boats or from big boats (traineiras), on the high seas. There was plenty of fish and the life was extraordinary. It is still an amazing and unique place. Life here follows a different pattern from elsewhere. People like to gather around the fish/vegetable market and local cafes watching the movement of boats in the river mouth. Some have called Olhao the cubist town, in reference to the white square houses, each topped with a terrace for drying fish, octopus or figs. In the summer, the kitchen moves out into the street where the sardines and small makerals ("carapaus"), fresh from the fishing nets, cook on charcoal grills.
It is foodie heaven and in August there is a wonderful seafood festival where instead of meat and carbo-hydrates, there are great big bowls of fish and seafood (crabs, shrimps, shellfish), served with salads. Meanwhile, the restaurants are open all year around and you can take your choice of a different wonderful place to eat each night.
Olhao train station is only a few minutes walk away and you can either take the train east and visit the interesting perched town of Tavira, go west, and visit the picturesque towns of Lagos and Portimao or even go further North (310 km away) and visit the historic city of Lisbon.
My preferred beach is "Praia do Barril", 15 Km East of Olhao, towards Pedras Del Rei. When you reach Pedras Del Rei, take a small train towards the beach. For this you need to rent a car.
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5 Jul 2014
"Beautiful apartment, good location, nice town"
Really well kitted out apartment in a good location 10 mins walk to waterfront markets, city centre and supermarkets. Good views from the balcony over the Ria Formosa and equipped with everything you … More
30 Jun 2014
This is a return visit as we stayed here last year and enjoyed ourselves so much we just had to return for another stay in this very comfortable apartment. Jorge's father met us at the apartment… More
28 May 2014
The apartment is well equipped,clean and in a good location. We stayed here as our summer break and was not disappointed as it was exactly what we were looking for.We were far enough out for it to be … More
9 Mar 2014
"Olhoa is a delight"
The apartment in the Marina Village complex was spacious, modern and with all amenities. The balcony overlooked the lagoon and the nature reserve. Olhoa is a great little town with lots of fish restau… More
12 Oct 2013
"Another fabulous 3 week stay"
Had another great 3 week stay at this apartment - all I can add is that it is a real "home from home". Great accommodation and good selection of restaurants and bars nearby. Found the Soc… More
10 Sep 2013
"Excellent, excellent, excellent!"
It was a pleasure to share this couples holiday apartment. Jorge organised his father to meet us with the key, he spoke no English but still managed to guide us around the apartment and he gave us … More
8 Aug 2013
We rented a one bedroom apartment at Marina Village through booking.com. Olhao is a Portugese fishing town - lovely old streets, shops and restuarants - as well as a daily fish and fruit& veg market. … More
4 Aug 2013
Just returned from an excellent holiday in a typical Portuguese town. The apartments were in a fantastic location a short walk from Lidl supermarket and the centre of town.jorge the owner of the apart… More
10 Jul 2013
"Beautiful apartment but too expensive to use hotel facilities at such a high which is not advertised"
We always stay in hotel but decided to rent an apartment. It is advertised on the details that you can use hotel facilities but they do not tell you that it is 40 euro a day per person to use the swim… More
I saw your comment about the cost of the swimming pool in the nearby hotel. Why do you want to use a swimming pool in the nearby hotel if you have one just above the apartment, at the roof top ? And it is free. I do not provide any information in the advertisement that states that the hotel pool is free.
This is for your information.
Thanks for your comments
27 Jun 2013
"Chilled out stay in Olhao"
We actually rented 2 apartments in this complex but this particular apartment was the superior one because it was more like home from home with lots of extra little touches like the beach umbrella and the shopping trolley which is really needed. The apartment is ultra modern and very secure with high quality locks - rooftop pool really nice. Olhao is a working town with a loads of good quality local restaurants and bars full of local people. There are virtually no tourists here but luckily most of the waiters etc speak good English. Every type of cuisine is catered for but we concentrated on the seafood which was fantastic and very reasonable in price. it is also worth exploring the backstreets where the bars and restaurants are ridiculously cheap 60 cents for a glass of white wine.
Finally the Islands of Armona and Farol - amazing uncrowded beaches that stretch for miles and miles and great fun catching the local ferries.
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