Apartment in Olhao, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Close To Beautiful Beaches Via Catamaran Or Ferry, Marina, Restaurants, Fish/Veg Market, Town & Bars
Mr David and Mrs Glenys Bows
About Mr David and Mrs Glenys Bows
David and Glenys-We live in Dorset and have two grown up daughters; Lucy lives in Bristol with her boyfriend Lee and Clare owns her own home nearby. We love the Algarve and particularly the Olhao area. We still both work full-time and as you get older it is nice to know that you can when you like and get away from the cold English winter weather. We think of it as an investment for us and for our family.
Mr David and Mrs Glenys Bows purchased this Apartment in 2010
Why Mr David and Mrs Glenys Bows chose Olhão
We saw the site for the development in April 2008 and fell in love with the area and decided to buy. What we liked about it was that it was close to the town, the marina and an exciting boat ride out to the beautiful islands. Glenys: "I saw the area from an airplane the first time we went on holiday to the Algarve and fell in love with it's natural beauty."
What makes this Apartment unique
We like the size of the apartment and the fact that you can lounge on the large terrace and enjoy watching the sun set over Faro-whilst enjoying a glass or two of wine. You can walk into the town within a few minutes and in the evening enjoy a gentle stroll along by the waterfront. We have chosen our quality furniture and fittings with care and hope that our guests enjoy them too!
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We have stayed at various apartments in Marina Village but would say this the best one, very clean and we'll equipped. Glenys and Maria did everything to make our stay as easy and enjoyable as possible.
Fantastic apartment in Olhao. We have stayed many times in the Marina Village area but this was the nicest property we have rented. Well positioned and beautifully set up. These apartments are very spacious. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay great.
A Super Apartment in a Wonderful Location
This is the third year running when we have stayed in the same Block of apartments facing the salt pans which are a haven for wild birds - especially flamingos.
My wife and I were accompanied by another couple of old friends with who we take holidays at least twice a year. We span the age range of 75 to 82 years old and enjoy the fact that the Alhao area is flat which makes for easy walking. We always hire a car for our Portugal holidays which enables us to visit all the lovely places along the Algarve now made really easy by the A22 toll motorway.
It was unanimously agreed that this apartment was easily the best of the three we have stayed in and we are very likely to come again. It is nicely furnished and the kitchen was adequate for us to prepare our evening meals. The king size bed in the master bedroom is very comfortable - but the single beds and the double bed in the other bedrooms are rather firm. Some memory foam toppers would be a great addition giving people the ability to have a firm or softer bed for those like us with old bones.
The WiFi proved to be reliable and fast but the ladies had to manage for our 12 day stay without their TV soaps etc because British TV in Portugal is as rare as hen's teeth. You can see BBC World news and some USA news channels plus a lot of foreign programmes with English sub-titles. This is not a reflection on the apartment - it is general in Portugal unless you stay in 5 star hotels
We used the Lidl supermarket for our daily supplies which is about three quarters of a mile away - or less that 5 minutes by car. Their bread and cakes cooked on the premises are wonderful - especially the rustic baguettes. MacDonalds addicts will find one the same distance away but we all ate healthily and didn't try it.
Alhao is a lovely little town with a superb and fascinating fish market, some great restaurants, cafes and some quaint shops. The local authorities are in the middle of a major improvement to the sea front, presumably to attract more holiday makers which should be completed mid-summer.
We have no hesitation in recommending this apartment for a relaxing stay in a great location - made even more enjoyable if you hire a car. Their local representative, Maria, whom we have met on previous stays, goes out of her way to provide any assistance you might need and speaks perfect English.
I am so pleased to hear that Alan had a wonderful holiday in Olhao and that our apartment was the best he had stayed in. That is very good to hear.
Our apartment is situated next the the Ria Formosa, which is a protected area, and is well known for its extensive bird life, flamingoes being a particular favourite. We are lucky that we are next to a lovely area where you can walk along the flat and not have to worry about any hills - so ideal for those not wanting lots of steps or hills to climb. I note the comment about the comfortable bed in the main bedroom - this has just been replaced and the other will soon follow.
I agree that TV is a little trick since the UK altered the direction of their satellite dish - hence many European countries stopped having access to SKY TV. We now have internet TV and NOS TV so if you are savvy you can access most of the programmes you want to watch!
Many people hire a car when they stay in the apartment - but it isn't always necessary. Supermarkets are just a few minutes walk away and restaurants and bars a few minutes walk along the promenade.
We are lucky to have such a wonderful and reliable manager as Maria - she had been with us quite a few years and we would be lost without her.
Four of us enjoyed a 9 night stay in October. The apartment is well situated, immaculate, tastefully furnished, well equipped and enjoys excellent views. The balcony was used by us to enjoy a sundowner of an evening
The meet and greet was very efficient by a nice lady called Maria who we had met on previous holidays. Easy access to two supermarkets just 10 minute walk away there is a great farmers market on a Saturday to stock up on fresh vegetables and fruit. Superb restaurants a 10 minute walk away and actually there’s three just two blocks along. There is a shared pool on the rooftop which we didn’t use. Would we book again for this apartment? ABSOLUTELY!
We had a fabulous 2 weeks. The property was to a high standard, clean and very well equipped. We enjoyed the home from home experience especially as we have a young family. Will definitely be returning.
The apartment was fantastic it had everything you needed for a great holiday . Would definitely recommend it .
I am pleased that our apartment lived up to expectations. It is always good to have it recommended for other holiday makers.
Olhao boasts some of the Algarve's most beautiful beaches just a short boat trip away. In high season the hotel catamaran service runs to the islands from opposite the hotel. Plus regular ferry crossings run from Olhao’s jetty-just 10 minute's walk from the apartments-to islands Culatra and Armona. The ’ilhas’ have a selection of restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Olhao is a part of the Reserva Natural da Ria Formosa, an environmental and conservation area for birds and marine life.
Being only 15km from Faro Airport (around €25 in a taxi), car hire is not essential as everything is within easy walking distance. The closest supermarket is only a 10 minute walk away. If you are golfing, or would like to further explore the Algarve or even Spain, car hire is a must. The train station is within 15 minutes’ walk giving access to services both east to Villa Real de St Antonio and west to Lagos. We would also recommend you try the 'EVA' bus which is reliable, clean and quick.
Village Marina is approximately 15km from Faro, 5km from Fuseta, 20km from Tavira/Cabanas and approx. 30/40km to the more traditional resorts of the Western Algarve. Also worth visiting are neighbouring Fuseta, Tavira and Tavira Island, Cabanas to the east and Faro, Vilamoura, Portimao, Lagos and Cape St Vincent to the far west. The Spanish border is no more than 60km away to the east as you cross over the Rio Guadiana giving you a chance to travel to Seville in around 2½ hours.
The apartment is about a 10 minute walk to the nearest supermarket plus the veg and fish market is a five minute stroll; plus you can reach the town of Olhao, with its eclectic shops, cafes and bars in just a few minutes on foot.
The famous red brick, covered, fish and fruit and veg markets are definitely worth a visit (early morning is a must to get the best produce) and are only a 5 minute walk as are the amazing array of traditional bars and restaurants on the waterfront and in the Old Town. Continuing for another few minutes along the waterfront will take you to the ferry terminal where the taxi boats leave for the islands.
The local islands are a must to visit: Ilha da Culatra is surrounded by beautifully clear water, with many species of fish, so it is perfect for diving and snorkelling. Ilha do Farol is not a separate island, but the area at the western end of Culatra where the lighthouse is ('Farol' meaning 'lighthouse' in Portuguese) and again offers visitors a large expanse of sand and warm water.
This area is of immense interest to lovers of the natural world and bird watchers with its vast and diverse species of flora and fauna and natural features of the Ria Formosa Natural Park.
There are many boat trips and eco tours of the Ria Formosa available from the various jetties along the waterfront. Armona is the busier of the islands; it has beaches and a few restaurants/bars. Around Farol the sea comes right up against the rocks creating a natural swimming pool at high tide (the average water temperature in summer is 24 degrees).