About the home
THE APARTMENT is one of only four in the building and takes up the entire 3rd floor. The spacious, sunny lounge is south facing with sliding doors onto a balcony which overlooks the Old Quarter and the sea. We provide chairs and tables for both front and rear balconies The fitted kitchen is large, well-equipped, again with views to the south and has a walk-in store/pantry. A hall off the lounge leads you to the three bedrooms and two bathrooms, both having baths with shower over, grab handles, fitted washbasins and vanity units. The main bedroom has a king-size bed and ensuite bathroom. The second bedroom also has a king-size bed. while the third has two single beds. All bedrooms have large fitted wardrobes and bedside cabinets with lamps and are tastefully furnished. These rooms look out to the hills beyond the town and has a long balcony that runs the width of the building and is accessible from each bedroom . You have access to the large flat roof which affords magnificent 360 degree views and is a lovely area to sunbathe on the beds provided.
THE LOCATION is a quiet road situated right on the edge of the Old Quarter with its fascinating maze of narrow lanes to explore. Here lies the great charm of Olhao, where you can discover the real Portugal. A short stroll takes you to the bustling town centre, and there are cafes, supermarkets, pharmacies, hairdressers, and shops all within 200 metres of the apartment. The bus and train stations are also nearby, as is a bus stop for the local circular bus route.
THE TOWN is not built around tourism but is a vibrant, working town that has the largest fishing port in the Algarve and supplies the daily catch to the local restaurants, markets and canning factories. It therefore follows that Olhao is noted for its gourmet seafood restaurants and fresh produce. Tourist coaches arrive regularly from along the coast to visit the famous seafront markets. Every Saturday morning an outdoor farmers market is held around the market buildings, plus a gypsy market in the seafront gardens selling clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery etc where you can pick up that real bargain .
THE ATMOSPHERE is very relaxed, and part of any locals' day is spent watching the world go by and enjoying the company of friends at countless pavement cafes and restaurants. You will find Olhao is not an expensive place to eat and drink, the food is high quality and the service friendly. There are many retail shops in the town and a large pedestrian precinct to browse around. Take a stroll along the seafront gardens, relax with a coffee and enjoy the many boats coming and going on the Ria Formosa. Get chatting to some of the locals, who are lovely, friendly people that welcome strangers into their midst.
THE BEACHES of Olhao are on the unspoilt sand islands of Armona, Culatra and Farol, all part of the protected Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. They are some of the most beautiful beaches to be found anywhere, soft white sand stretching for many kilometres, clean, crystal clear sea, great for snorkelling, plus never overcrowded even in high summer. Take a short, inexpensive ferry ride and discover them for yourselves.
SIGHTSEEING - After exploring the churches and buildings of the town, there are a variety of eco and bird-watching tours by boat or on foot. Olhao is also a great base to visit historic villages and towns along the coast as it has an efficient transport system, or hire a car and you are only a short drive away from the countryside where you can explore picturesque towns such as Estoi, Cachopo and Alcoutim. Olhao is so many things to so many people, come and discover it for yourself.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Armona Island, 1km|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Lift access to property
Nearest amenities: 200m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General:||TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite, Solarium / Roof terrace|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace|
|Access:||Wheelchair friendly, Lift access to property, Parking space|
Further details indoors:
Our apartment is fully-equipped with everything needed to make it a home-from-home. It is furnished to a high standard with comfort and relaxation a priority. We have modern lighting, occasional tables, cards and board games, DVDs, CDs and books. There are 6 outdoor chairs and 2 tables for enjoying the sunny balconies and 2 sunbeds and 6 mattresses for sunbathing on the roof. We supply sun umbrellas to take to the beach, and beach toys for the children. For your use we also have 2 baby cots, 2 high chairs and a baby buggy with parasol. There is a folder of helpful information, together with recommendations of our favourite eateries. We provide up-to-date leaflets on places to visit and activities. It is equipped with fire extinguisher, fire-blanket, smoke detectors and first-aid kit.
There are fans in each room for the summer months and heaters for the cooler days. There is a clothes drying rack on the rear balcony and drying lines on the roof.
The apartment is on the third floor and can be reached by elevator or stairs.
There are four steps from the front door to the elevator and the apartment is accessable for persons with restricted mobility.
Broadband Internet access is available on request in the form of a pay-as-you-go plug-in, please ask for details.
Further details outdoors:
There are parking spaces available in front of the building.
Linen and towels are provided and changed weekly.
If you wish to travel light we can supply large beach towels for hire at £5 each.
We provide a small welcome pack for you on arrival free of charge. If you are arriving late in the day we are happy to shop for some provisions for you, please do ask.
We do not permit smoking in the apartment but have no objection to folk smoking on the balconies.
We maintain the apartment ourselves and will meet and greet you on arrival, and be on hand to help in any way during your stay.
A deposit of 30% of the quoted price is required to secure the booking. The balance to be paid no later than 6 weeks before arrival. These payments are non-refundable and therefore we strongly advise taking out adequate travel insurance when making the booking in case of unforeseen circumstances
We also require a Security Deposit of £200.00, payable with the final balance. This to be applied against any additional cleaning and/or replacement of the property, furnishings, fixtures and fittings. This will be refunded within a few days of departure, subject to a satisfactory inspection.
Payments can be made by direct bank transfer or by PayPal. We also accept payments in the euro equivalent. Any bank or PayPal charges are to be met by the client.
The Algarve / East Algarve region
East of Faro is a complete change of coastline from the high cliffs and sandy coves to the West. Here you encounter the first of a series of sandy offshore islands, the ilhas, which front the coastline virtually all the way to the Spanish border. Overall, this is the quieter section of the coast and it has the bonus of much warmer waters than those further west.
Olhao has a pleasant climate all year and is protected from the hills to the north and the islands to the south, giving it a microclimate all of its own. The summers are tempered by cooling sea breezes, while the winters are mild and sunny.
Olhao has a rich history of trade with the Moors which is still visible today with the influence of the cubist architecture that comprises the Old Quarter, with its flat roofs, narrow exterior stairways and high lookouts for families to watch for returning fishermen. The main church has a bell tower which can be accessed and affords great views and photo opportunities. Opposite this is the town museum, itself set in an historic building.
There are many beautiful towns to visit, such as Castro Marim, Tavira and Alcoutim, that reflect the long occupation of the Moors, the turmoil with the Spanish, and even reminders of the time of the Roman Empire. There are wonderful Roman ruins to be seen in nearby Estoi.
A short bus or train ride will take you to Faro where you can walk around the old walled city and climb to the very top of the Cathedral for splendid views of the city and the Ria Formosa.
The border with Spain, across the Guardiana river is a pretty train ride away, or 40 minutes by car, where you can visit the Spanish town of Ayamonte with its tiled piazzas and interesting shops.
The Olhao area
The town is surrounded by saltpans where the traditional method of salt production is still practiced during the hot summer months. These make a wonderful sight along the coast when flying into Faro airport.
The busy harbour can be visited to watch the day's catch being off-loaded, the nets checked and mended in the traditional fashion. If you hear the siren you know the trawlers are on their way into port.
Bird-watchers can enjoy the nearby bird sanctuary, and also the unique habitat that is the estuary of the Ria Formosa where can be found Flamingo, Stilt, Heron, Stork, Cuckoo, Hoopoo among many, many other species.
There are many festivals in and around Olhao during the summer months. The most famous of which is the Olhao Seafood Festival held over 6 nights in early August. Faro hosts one of the largest motor bike rallies in July which sees some 40,000 bikers from all over the world make their way here for the week long festivities. The motorbike parade on the last day around the city of Faro is a sight and sound not to be missed.
The fortified towns of Castro Marim and Cacela Velha both hold exciting Medieval Festivals in August. Look at the Algarve Uncovered site to discover more.
How to get there
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Olhao is located a only 4 kms east of the city of Faro and 14kms from Faro Airport. This will be even shorter when the new Faro bypass is completed.
Faro International Airport has flights from airports all over the UK . Some of the main budget airlines are Easyjet, Ryanair, Monarch, Jet2.com, Aerlingus and Bmibaby. The airport is served by 110 airline routes operating in Europe
We can arrange for a taxi to meet you at the airport for the short drive to the apartment where we shall be waiting to greet you.
There is a local bus service from the airport that connects to Faro bus station where you can pick up another to Olhao. The apartment is just a stroll from Olhao bus station.
There are many car hire companies operating from the airport and good deals can be found online, eg www.carhire3000.com. Please contact us if you would like any help.
Activities near Olhao
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
28 Mar 2013
Conveniently situated apartment in Olhao near rail station and easy walk to harbour area and ferries to nearby islands. Apartment is large, well furnished and quiet. No hire car is necessary and... more
20 Nov 2012
Our 3rd stay in this wonderful spacious apartment - need we say more !! As usual Colin and Suzanne were there to meet us and had provided milk, fresh eggs etc not forgetting a bottle of vino to... more
25 Sep 2012
Colin and Suzanne had thought of everything to make our stay perfect. All the equipment we could possibly need was provided; there was even an umbrella for the beach. They had provided a most helpful folder of local information – bus, train and ferry times, recommendations of places to eat, street map, etc, etc. The flat was very spacious and scrupulously clean. Colin and Suzanne went out of their way to help – we arrived with bicycles and they allowed us to lock the bikes in their own garage nearby. The flat has three double bedrooms, but we were only two couples and we still thought it excellent value. We would certainly recommend this flat to others, and we hope to return ourselves sometime.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Christmas/New Year||16 Dec 12||13 Jan 13||£ 425||£ 61||£ 61||4 Nights|
|Winter Sun||13 Jan 13||1 Apr 13||£ 330||£ 47||£ 47||4 Nights|
|Early Summer||1 Apr 13||1 Jul 13||£ 399||£ 57||£ 57||4 Nights|
|Summer||1 Jul 13||1 Sep 13||£ 499||£ 71||£ 71||1 Week|
|Late Summer||1 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||£ 399||£ 57||£ 57||4 Nights|
|Winter Sun||1 Oct 13||21 Dec 13||£ 330||£ 47||£ 47||4 Nights|
|Christmas/New Year||21 Dec 13||13 Jan 14||£ 360||£ 52||£ 52||4 Nights|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
For anyone who requires less than 3 bedrooms the above prices will be reduced by £20.00 per bedroom per booking. Just contact us for a quote.
A Security Deposit of £200.00 is required to be paid with the Final Payment and will be applied, if necessary, against any exceptional cleaning and/or replacement of the property, furnishings, fixtures and fittings. We will refund the Security Deposit with a few days of departure subject to cleaning and inspection, less any deductions as stated above.
Payment is accepted in Sterling or Euros either by bank transfer or PayPal.
Any bank or PayPal charges to be paid by the client.
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