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stay in olhao
nice house very clean and modern
The Pleasures of Olhao
Mar I Terra is a great place for exploring the pleasures of Olhao, a hard working but laid back city that's spared many of the tourist pressures of more well known cities in the Algarve. Among its pleasures are the many neighborhood cafes, populated by local residents, some from Africa or Brazil, who are always happy to display the Portuguese arts of friendliness and conversation. Olhao is proud of its evolution from a fishing village dependency of Faro to an independent city, which it displays on a series of posters in a downtown plaza.
Mar I Terra is comfortable, well-equipped, and in a quiet neighborhood. Parking is not a problem; it is always available on the street in front of Mar I Terra and in the adjacent alley. The famous mercado is a ten minute walk away and provides all the fresh food one could want. Inexpensive tours of the islands are available near the mercado. We took the one to Armona Island with Manuel, the owner of one of the operations, who grew up in the islands and knows everything about the aquaculture of the area. It wasn't anything fancy -- a bench on an open boat powered by a 75 hp Evinrude -- but it was an education in the history and economy of Olhao.
Olhao is a good choice if you want to avoid the touristic centers of the western Algarve, and Mar i Terra is a great place for exploration of the town.
A good place to stay in Olhao - convenient for touring the Algarve
February 14 – March 13, 2019
The house is conveniently located, walking distance from the rail station, bus depot, supermarkets, restaurants and the waterfront. It seems to be a recent rebuild using high end materials and is completely equipped with the latest appliances. The owner kindly left the appliance instruction manuals (mostly in French) which we found necessary. Parking in the vicinity is at a premium and so we did not rent a car except for a three day excursion to Evora and Sagres towards the end of our stay. We stayed for a month and found, that for us, it was just too long to spend in a house spread over three floors. The kitchen and living/dining room are on the main floor but the lovely terrace is on the third so if you wanted to have a meal or even drinks on the terrace you had to maneuver trays up and down circular stairs. The living/dining room is small. As the house faces north, the sitting area is gloomy and the only lighting are wall sconces with harsh white L.E.D. lighting.
The house was very conveniently located off a main street in Olhao about 10min walk from the harbor. The house itself is brand new and all the fixtures and equipment is also new. We had a very restful vacation and went on day trips to Tavira, Faro, Rio de Formosa, Huelva etc. The owner was very prompt to answer our concerns on how to use some of the very modern equipment that we are not accustomed to use. Overall, one of the best VRBO properties we have rented.
New, clean, efficient.. and close walk to downtown Olhão.
We had a wonderful week at Mar i Terra. Clean, efficient, comfortable, and within walking distance of downtown markets, restaurants, and boat tours. A great place to call home for a week+ to explore the Algarve region. Even a day trip to Selville is easily doable! Kitchen is well equipped to even make your own meal with fresh fish and produce from the markets. Nearby pastry shop for bread and delectable treats. Must get pasteis de nata... delicious!
Immaculate house in a perfect location.
Clean fresh amazing house in a perfect location. Everything you could want when away from home.10 minute walk for boats out to the beautiful islands 5 minute walk to shops cafes and station. Great bakery near by for perfect bread and pastries. Fabulous holiday will definitely return.