Our Selection of amazing townhouses and Apartments in Olhao
A Remarkable Old fishing Port in the Heart of the Algarve
Olhao is the largest Fishing Port in the Algarve and the gateway to the islands of Armona, Farol, Culatra and Deserta. The islands have the lovely long sandy beaches looking out to the open sea or towards the protected lagoons of the Ria Formosa. Olhao has long been ignored as a great holiday destination and I never understand why. The islands and beaches make you feel you are in the Caribbean with the pure golden sand and exceptionally clear blue waters.
The Town of Olhao is just laden with history of Fishermen, poets, artists and inventors. It reminds me so much of the Cornish villages and Towns I know so well.
The old Town is a maze of traditional cobbled calcada alleys and streets rammed full of old buildings from times gone by. Little shops, the best restaurants, cafes and little old fishermen's sheds with nets needing to be fixed facing out of them and a little bbq outside ready for the days catch of sardines for lunch.
Here at MarsAlgarve we are building up a fantastic selection of renovated townhouses and apartments that I know you will simply love. Alongside our collection of apartments at Village Marina we have beautifully renovated apartments in old blocks right in the heart of the town to give you the best experiences of Olhao. We also have a selection of renovated merchants houses and fishermen cottages. Whist steeped in history and very old, inside they have kept many original features but benefited from a modern touch to give the guest all round comfort and modern facilities whilst still being able to enjoy the experience of the home.
Things to do
Please check out our Travel Guide for Olhao to find lots more great information. But here are my favourite things to do.
This small boat tour Company can not get any more local. Joao, the owner of the Company is born and bred Olhanese. There is nothing he does not know about the Formosa, the sea-life, wildlife and fauna. Joao and his team make the trip so interesting and enjoyable with a very relaxed atmosphere. In the Summer I am too busy to enjoy his trips but in the Autumn after a busy hot season I kick back with friends and take the "Boat trip with Lunch" with the guys and never fail to feel recharged and relaxed.
We can book any trip you like before your holiday starts and have something to look forward to! We can also assist with booing during your stay
Another local Company and one with an excellent service ethic. Claudia at Seahorse is also a local girl and wants to encourage our guests to enjoy the Ria Formosa in an ecological way. What better than on bikes! Not only that you get to see so much more. Enjoy cycling the Ecovia cycle path and stop along the ay in the old fishermen bars and enjoy the freshest bbq fish.
We can book an arrange for the bicycles you would like to rent to be ready at your holiday home for when you arrive and collect them after your holiday. We can also arrange rentals whilst you are here, just drop us an e mail and we can sort everything for you.
An utterly fabulous little place to eat right in the heart of Olhao. The owner, Kevin is a former travel writer who came to Olhao, fell in love with the town and stayed. Cha Cha Cha has a varied menu and it totally relies on what can be found in the daily market in the mornings as to what the menu offers. Scribbled on a piece of paper and stuck on the old wooden front doors of the former store room you cant get much more relaxed than that! Inside the restaurant is decorated with various works form local artists. Outside Kevin has made use fo the small square and alleys for his tables and chairs. It is just a perfect place to sit and graze on the tapas.