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Armona Beach, spectacular, clean, unspoilt and uncrowded even in height of summer

Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Car not necessary
  • Nearest beach 1km

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, the Ria Formosa lagoon and the island beaches. 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 for you 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 they are 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 1 km
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Faro International 14 km, Nearest railway: Olhao 400 m
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 DVD player, Sea view
General TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Access Parking, Wheelchair users
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, coffee 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 a sun umbrella to take to the beach, and beach toys for the children/adults. For your use we also have 2 baby cots, 2 high chairs, potty, booster seat and a baby buggy with parasol at no extra cost. There is a folder of helpful information, together with recommendations for some 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, CO2 detector and a 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.

Wi-fi is provided on a pay-as-you-go basis. There are also many free wi-fi spots around the town.

Further details outdoors

There are parking spaces available in front of the building.

Further details

Linen and towels are provided and changed weekly.

If you wish to save luggage space we can supply large beach towels for hire at 5€ each, pay on arrival.

We provide a small welcome pack free of charge. If you are arriving late in the day we are happy to shop for some provisions for you, please do just ask.

We do not permit smoking in the apartment but have no objection to folk smoking on the balconies.

The 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 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, and can be visited to watch the salt production.

A stroll to the busy harbour where you may 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 that attracts Flamingo, Stilt, Heron, Stork, Cuckoo, Hoopoe 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.

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Review 1-10 of 24

23 Apr 2014


"Wonderful apartment in a lovely fishing village"

A wonderful place to stay, spacious, immaculate, modern, and very well equipped. The friendly owners, Suzanne and Colin, really had thought of everything! They were there to meet and greet us, to pro… More

24 Oct 2013


"Lovely Property-enjoyable stay-would recommend"

Stayed with partner, partners daughter and friend. Plenty of room, extremely comfortable, everything provided even two hairdryers. Welcomed by Suzanne at the apartment, explained everything plus provided milk, rolls, tea and coffee plus fruit juice and a bottle of wine - wonderful. We were only a short walk from the bus station and train station which we used to explore this part of the Algarve. Also useful was the local library not far from the train station which we could use the computers for an hour a day for free after joining by taking in our passport for identification and the staff were very helpful. All in all we really enjoyed our stay.

9 Oct 2013


"A hidden gem"

My wife Elaine and I, along with our friends, a family of four, stopped here for a week in September. Suzanne had arranged an airport pick up for us so we didn't have to worry about directions. Both Suzanne and Colin were at the apartment to greet us. I can honestly say that the photos on the website do not do the property justice. The apartment was large,clean,airy and very well furnished. Each of the bedrooms had patio doors which when opened, along with the lounge doors created a welcome through draught. Lovely views of the old town and the islands, especially from the roof terrace
The apartment is ideally situated for most things. The train station is a 3 to 4 minutes walk, the bus station similar, and the town a gentle 10 minute stroll to the front and the ferry landing.In town there are numerous restaurants catering for most tastes and, seeing as Olhoa is a fishing port, beautiful fresh fish at amazingly low prices. If you only ever do one thing whilst you are there it is to visit the islands. The three main ones are Armona, Farol and Culatra. My wife and I visited all three with Armona being our favourite.
The ferry to Armona takes about 15 mins. and is only a few euros return. From the ferry landing walk across the island, through beautiful whitewashed houses,to the Atlantic Ocean. What a sight, a fantastic beach stretching for miles and barely a sole in sight. You leave the 21st century behind as you stroll along the beach ,the only sounds the wind and the sea. The other two islands are reached by another ferry. Culatra is the first stop then it sails onto Farol. We went to Farol first then walked to Culatra and back along the almost deserted beach.To explore further afield we took the train on three occasions. we visited Tavira, Faro and even went to Spain for the day. To sum up, If you are looking for a lively beach holiday with all that that entails, this might not be for you. On the other hand if you want to experience the real Portugal this is the place. No holiday reps ,timeshare salesmen, hawkers or touts, no Rose and Crown serving imported British beers and roast beef dinners, no jet-skis or other water sports. Perfect really. We will almost certainly return, our only hope is that Olhoa remains the same. Many thanks to Suzanne and Colin for the use of their lovely apartment and for their recommendations about what to see and do.

30 Sep 2013


"Superb Accom in quite yet convenient location. All mod cons available"

Acommodation is 1st class with all modern conveniences. Location is quiet yet convenient to supermarkets & cafes and within 10 mins to the busy port. Train & Bus Stations within few mins. Great views over the Old Quarter and with roof access to a large terrace to sun bath. Managed by owners themselves attention to detail is exceptional. Their guides & recommodations are spot on and their local contact availability important. This accommodation carries our full recommendation.

29 Sep 2013


"Perfect apartment for families"

The apartment is brilliant for young families as the excellent owners, Suzanne and Colin, have thought of everything by offering a cot, highchair, pram, beach toys and beach umbrellas at no extra cost… More

24 Sep 2013


"excellent apartment in lovely village"

This is an exceptional apartment owned by a British couple who live in Olhao. It is furnished with everything you need and some things you wouldn't expect to find. I would highly recommend this apartment. A car is not required as the public transport is so easy to use. Both the trains and buses are only a five minute walk away. Olhao itself is a busy fishing port, so is very much the authentic Portugal.

11 Jun 2013


"peace and quiet"

we have just returned home,having spent a week in this lovely apartment.the oweners colin and Suzanne made us very welcome and they were only a phone call away if needed.the apartment is very tasteful… More

9 Jun 2013


"No 24 - Beautiful, well equipped, home from home"

Thank you Colin and Suzanne for a beautiful apartment, very clean, and furnished to a high standard, you have thought of everything. I will definitely recommend the apartment to family and friends. T… More

7 Jun 2013


"#24 was the perfect place for us .... and will be for you!"

Suzanne & Colin were marvelous! The apartment was everything advertised and more. My husband, brother & sister-in-law were never in each others' way ... we had loads of room! When we needed help … More

28 Mar 2013


"Excellent apartment, helpful owners."

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 local… More

Review 1-10 of 24

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