Gorgeous 2 bedroom town centre apartment with wifi and air con - MH1156

A fabulous top floor 2 bedroom town centre apartment with views across Tavira and the famous Ria Gilao that runs through the centre of the City. With modern facilities, including wifi and air conditioning.

Apartment Vista Gilao

Apartment Vista Gilao is a superb 2 bedroom 1st floor town centre apartment right in the heart of the old Roman City of Tavira. The location of this 2 bedroom apartment is simply perfect for an easy relaxing holiday. Being centrally located everything you need is within very easy reach. 




This 2 bedroom town centre apartment is located at 1st floor level and only 1 of 2 apartments in the building. Situated on an old side road in a terrace of properties the area is quiet but close to the centre of Tavira. Upon entering the front door to the building from the street, steps take you to the top floor where you will find the private door to our apartment Vista Gilao.


Traditional tiles on the walls and marble floors in the communal hallway and stairs remind you that you have entered a traditional old Portuguese building and add to the authenticity of this wonderful place. 


Living Space


The main apartment front door opens up into a large and light living space flooded with natural light from the 2 sets of french windows to the front of the living room. In the centre of the living space is a smart modern light wood and white dining table with 4 chairs. Between the terrace windows is a cabinet that matches the dining table full of glasses and dining items for your use. 


The living space in the 2 bedroom town centre  apartment offers plenty of space and light especially as it benefits from an amazing high ceiling alcove in gorgeous warm wood. It works in 2 ways in assisting to keep the 2 bedroom town centre apartment nice and cool in the hot summer months but also offers a sense of warmth during the colder winter months.


The most amazing feature of the spilt level living space of our 2 bedroom town centre apartment is a large french windows that open up on to 2 small Juliet balconies. They both offer a lovely and natural cool breeze when open but also have wonderful solid shutters to keep the place cool and dark whilst you are you sightseeing in the summer. Painted white against a dark blue contrasting wall the effect makes for the really lovely feel to the room.


The walls are decorated with typical Portugal themed pictures to add colour and style to the room. Situated on the far wall is an effective and modern air conditioning unit that offer either warm or cool air depending on the time of year you choose to stay in this great 2 bedroom town centre apartment. 


Against the back wall of the living room in our 2 bedroom apartment is an open decorative metal and wooden staircase that leads to a mezzanine floor that offers a wonderful and relaxing space.  This space offers a comfortable sofa facing a large flat screen television which sits and a purpose built tv unit that matches the furniture on the first level to keep the theme of the 2 bedroom town centre apartment nice and modern. In the centre of the mezzanine is also a matching coffee table. 


The mezzanine is wonderful clam and relaxing place and the light wooden flooring, white walls and wooden alcoved ceiling offers a really warm and comfortable living space to enjoy.




The living space is open plan in our 2 bedroom 1st floor town centre apartment. The lower level is in an L shape style and next to the living area with the dining space is the kitchen. It is a very modern fitted design with modern and practical appliances. Fitted across 2 walls also in an L shape the space offers plenty of work tops and cupboards. 


The kitchen is styled in chrome and white with the integral appliances in chrome and the cupboards in white with smart great marble worktop. Fitted appliances include a full size fridge freezer, washing machine, dishwasher and electric oven. The hob is an electric ceramic hop and above is an inox extractor. The sink is aluminium with a swan neck mixer tap keeping in vogue with the kitchen style. 


We have made sure that small appliances have been thought of too and we have provided a kettle, toaster, capsule coffee machine and microwave. Tucked away in the cupboards is a huge selections of pots and pans, cooking and serving dishes, cutlery, cooking utensils and crockery. You will also find a wonderful selection of cups and mugs along with different style glasses to use. 


The second set of french windows with the Juliet balcony overlook the kitchen area so perfectly located to keep the are nice and cool and aired wilt cooking up a storm!


Bedrooms and Bathrooms


From the front door the bedrooms and bathroom are to the right of the apartment and at the back. A small hallway leads to the bedrooms and on the left the first room is the family bathroom. 


The bathroom is an ultra modern space in smart dark brown and cream wall tiles long with warm chocolate brown floor tiles making it a super clean and functional space. The suite includes white ceramic toilet and bidet, white ceramic basin set into a modern white vanity unit with storage space below and a large mirror above.  A small smoked glass help offers the perfect place for cosmetics and toiletries.


To the end of the bathroom is the shower with a great rainforest shower and plenty of space to enjoy the rainforest effect.


To the left is the master bedroom of our 2 bedroom town centre apartment. The bedroom offers a large kingsize bed with a modern white lacquer headboard and matching white bedside cupboard with drawer space below. On each table is a simple but effective bedside lamp,  a perfect light for reading. The outside wall is painted a contrasting red that adds vibrancy and interest to the bedroom. Huge french windows with bi folding doors open on to a small Juliet balcony that over looks a small cleared area often used by the older folk on Sundays to play boules. 


Against the inner wall is large fitted wardrobes with white sliding doors.  They offer an abundance of storage for both bedrooms. You will find drawers, shelves and plenty of hanging space.  The master bedroom has an air conditioning unit that can be used to offer either cool fresh air in the summer months or cosy warm air in the slightly cooler winter months. 


The second bedroom is laid out with 2 single beds. Both with matching white and light wood headboards and a chest of drawers in the sam style that also matches the furniture in the living room.  This means a nice constant modern theme runs through the whole of this 2 bedroom town centre apartment. Between the beds is a bed side unit with a lamp offering a reading light. 


The beds face towards the french windows again with bi folding doors that again look out over the boules area and on to the river Gilao that runs through the centre of Tavira and towards the wonderful Tavira island beaches. A wall painted in bright red again makes a wonderful contrast to the bedroom. Air conditioning is on offer and in both bedrooms shutters can be used to either cool the rooms during the summer or block out the light for nice morning lazy lay ins. 




The living space and bedrooms in this 2 bedroom town centre apartment all have small decorative Juliet balconies. and from inside the apartment they offer a variety of views across the wonderful Roman City of Tavira and the beautiful River Gilao that makes Tavira such a wonderful place to enjoy.




Apartment Vista Gilao is a simply gorgeous 2 bedroom apartment located right in the heart of Tavira.  Its location is fabulous for those who wish to explore the City and enjoy the mix of attractions, history and tours on offer.  Tavira offers an amazing selection of fantastic places to eat and drink either beside the river Gilao or in the centre where you can watch the residents go about their days. Being so central there is no need to hire a car but both scooters and bicycles are readily available to hire. There is easy access to the island beach via a boat caught from the river Gilao. 


Our 2 bedroom town centre apartment is exceptionally well equipped to provide comfortable and modern accommodation with modern facilities, whilst still being in a historic building and location. 


Our lovely 2 bedroom town centre apartment comes with its own manual that you can download to your tablet or smart phone. Packed full of information to make the best of your holiday starting from the moment you arrive. It tells you how to collect the keys, who will look after you during your stay and clear concise directions to Apartment Vista Gilao. Then it is packed full with details of the best restaurants, taxis and local amenities and activities.

And of course our managers are on hand to make sure you love your holiday more if you need any advice or tips on the local area they will be more than happy to help.


Key Notes

  • Air conditioning
  • WIFI
  • Town Centre Location
  • Close to supermarket
  • All linen, beach/pool towels provided
  • Hairdryer
  • Marsalgarve Holiday Support Service





Property Type








Floor level

2nd floor


Satellite TV

Air Conditioning

Washing Machine


Internet Access


Central Heating



Walking Distance to Beach

Walking Distance to Supermarket

Walking Distance to Bars/Restaurants

Walking Distance to Town Centre


Children Welcome

Nearest Airport





Town Centre


Places of Interest

Hiking/Walking/Nature Trails


Golf Trip

Start Date End Date Weekly Rate (€) Nightly Rate (€) Minimum Stay
14 Apr 2019 31 May 2019 650 95 3+ nights
01 Jun 2019 30 Jun 2019 950 140 5+ nights
01 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 1,100 160 7+ nights
01 Sep 2019 30 Sep 2019 950 140 5+ nights
01 Oct 2019 21 Dec 2019 500 80 3+ nights
22 Dec 2019 06 Jan 2020 650 95 5+ nights
07 Jan 2020 13 Apr 2020 455 80 3+ nights
14 Apr 2020 31 May 2020 650 95 3+ nights
01 Jun 2020 30 Jun 2020 950 140 5+ nights
01 Jul 2020 31 Aug 2020 1,100 160 7+ nights
01 Sep 2020 30 Sep 2020 950 140 5+ nights
01 Oct 2020 21 Dec 2020 500 80 3+ nights
22 Dec 2020 06 Jan 2021 650 95 5+ nights

Booking your Holiday


To secure your holiday home with us, we ask for a deposit payment of 20% of the holiday price within 24 hours of the booking. As soon as that payment is made we will send an e mail asking for your full details and travel details.

One month before your holiday starts we will send you a reminder e mail asking for the final payment for your holiday home.

We ask for a damage bond of €200 this is payable on arrival at your holiday home either by cash or provision of credit cards details.

Methods of payment

On the payment page you will find four tabs.

Tab 1 Euro bank details, this is for you to be able to make a bank transfer. This is not automated. Please use the bank details given within your bank account to make the transfer and send a confirmation slip giving the booking reference

Tab 2   Within our website we have a secure payment method for card payments. Please sue this tab if you wish to pay by card.

Tab 3 UK Bank Transfer.   We are able to utilise a UK bank account if preferred. Before payment please ask for a Euro/sterling conversions price. 

Tab 4 If you prefer Paypal we have a direct link for you to be able to use this method of payment. 


What is included in the holiday Price

  • All bed linen, bath and hand towels.
  • Beach/pool towels
  • WIFI
  • Mid stay clean every 7 days for stay over 14 nights only
  • MarsAlgarve Holiday Support Service


Arrival Day

We set the arrival time at your holiday home to be any time after 1600.   This is to allow us time to prepare the holiday home for you. We are extremely flexible in that we will try and prepare the holiday home to coincide with your flight arrival time. But we can not guarantee this will happen. We are also happy to allow you leave baggage at the holiday home whilst the property is being prepared allowing you to get the most out of your holiday. 

We ask that you carefully read the holiday home manual we will send you before the start of your holiday, as this contains all the contact information of the Manager who will be meeting you and looking after you during your holiday. 

Our Manager will be expecting a telephone call from you on arrival day. The Manager will only attend the property after that phone call in readiness to meet you.   We do not have a reception and each guest is met personally. If we have more than one client at once arriving we will let you know and ask that maybe you give us a little time. Maybe pop for a coffee and we can call you when we are ready to meet you. Our Manager will like to spend some time with you explaining how appliances work in the holiday home and let you know about the local area and will be happy to answer any questions you might have.  


Departure Day

We set the departure time at 1000. We ask for your departure details or plans once you leave us. This way we can schedule our holiday home preparation for the next guest just like we did for you. If we can offer a later stay during the winter months we will try and accommodate you.   In the Summer months due to the high volume of guests we have to strictly adhere to the 1000 departure time at the latest.


Our "All important" Welcome book

Before the start of your holiday we will send you our online Guest Welcome Book which is packed with everything you need to know about your holiday Home and the local area.

The book gives you all of the meeting arrangements, directions and how to get the keys. 

We have tried to give you a real insight and help you to plan your holiday before you even arrive. 

Our online Guest book is compatible with smart phones and tablets meaning you can take the guest book with you where ever you go to maximise your holiday experience. 

During your holiday if you find places not in the book you would like to recommend to future guests please do let us know and we would love to add them to our book.   The idea is to offer a great book that guests find useful.


Equipment Hire, Car Hire and Transfer Information


Equipment hire for children and babies

We can hire a variety of items for your holiday home. Please book any items your require during the booking process. Paymnet will be locally in cash please. 

We offer the following,

Camp beds suitable for children up to 12 years €5 per night

Travel cots and mattress (No linen provided, please be sure to bring your own) €5 per night

High chairs €5 per night.


Bicycle Hire

We have an arrangement with a superb local Bike Hire Company and can arrange for bicycles to be delivered to your holiday home either before your holiday starts or during you holiday.    We can also arrange for the bikes to be collected. Please click on the link below choose your bikes and accessories, let us know via e mail and we will get it all booked for you.

SeaHorse Bike Rental


Car Hire

We can take the stress out of car hire for you by booking in advance for you.    We have chosen a small local Company to supply our hire cars. They will be at the Airport to meet you personally rather than you having to find a shuttle bus to the larger hire car Companies or waiting in huge queues with a horrible and impersonal service. 

We can also arrange hire of scooters for you.    They can be delivered at your holiday home and collects after your holiday is over. 

Please click on the link below and let us know your choices and we will get everything booked for you.



Airport Transfers

We have used the same local Company, Big Eye Tours since its inception 3 years ago. Run by a brother and sister team and born and bred in Olhao they have built a super reliable and excellent Airport transfer service and we are proud to be connected with them. 

Please ask for a quote and we will arrange the transfers via our Company login to their site.    This means there will be no waiting around at the Airport as the driver will be in Arrivals waiting for you. There will be no trying the explain the location of your holiday home as the driver will already know where to go. The driver will even call our Managers in advance for you so they can be at the holiday home ready to meet you. 

Big Eye Tours


Claudia de Mars Algarve fue muy agradable. Recomendable al 100%.

"El apartamento es tal y como aparece en las fotografías. Tiene todas las comodidades y está todo muy nuevo. Pese a estar en una calle donde hay algún edificio vacío y medio en ruinas, la ubicación es muy buena y parece segura, a un solo paso del río. Nuestra estancia ha sido fantástica en este lugar, así que lo recomiendo al 100%"

"Apartamento con todas las comodidades. Todo muy nuevo. Menaje de cocina completísimo. Claudia de Mars Algarve fue muy agradable. Recomendable al 100%."

RaquelApr 2019
Top Service

Top service, top apartment. A bit noisy with morning supermarket delivery, but where is Tavira not loud in the morning? All in all, very good, including the friendly and helpful care by the staff. We'll be back!

TobiasOct 2018

"I would highly recommend staying with this host - the check in was seamless and the flat itself is lovely and well appointed, and is well located in Tavira." 

HarryOct 2018
“Great place in the heart of the old town of Tavira” “Thanks again for the wonderful stay and the quick response.”
TobiSep 2018
We enjoyed our time in Tavira very much, and we’re also very satisfied with the apartment!
BjarteSep 2018
“This place is a gem. Light, airy, quiet and spacious...... comfortable but firm beds, kitchen well stocked with ample crockery, glasses, cooking utensils and a drip coffee machine...... close to everything.... supermarket, fresh food market (the produce is wonderful.... try the unprocessed honeycomb) ..... wonderful restaurants, shops and ferry. The communication was excellent and very professional. We enjoyed everything about our stay.”
LynnJun 2018
Everything was absolutely fantastic. Well equipped apartment with comfortable beds and enough space for 4 people. The Mars team were so helpful . Big thank you to all. Loved our time here.
JohnJun 2018
Great Location
“Great location close to centre of Tavira. Nice spacious apartment. There were just two of us staying and suited us perfectly. Would have been equally ideal for a group of four people. Clean and tidy. Close to large supermarket and short walk to the river. We had a lovely mini-break in Tavira and would return to this apartment.”
CindyMay 2018
Spotlessly clean
Great place to stay in a lovely city. The apartment was spotless and in the ideal location - peaceful but near the restaurants and with a supermarket a hundred metres away - the welcome and information were excellent and we plan to return soon. Tavira is a friendly place with things to suit most tastes and a lovely laid-back atmosphere. Birdwatchers paradise.
JamesApr 2018
Exceptional accommodation ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Beautiful apartment, very clean, lots of light and very well equipped
paulApr 2018
Vista Gilao
This is a wonderful location and a really lovely apartment!
Niamh LinehanSep 2017
Vista Gilao
Central, clean, modern and functional despite in a not very upscale area. Excellent check in - check out procedure Big plus the fact that it's quite easy to park close by
David May 2017
Great Location
“The Tavira apartment was fantastic. We stayed here with a 4-month old and a 3-year old, and the place was perfect. There was a grocery store right behind the building (for late night diaper runs!), was literally 5 minutes walk from the Tavira Island ferry, and all of the other great restaurants and beautiful sites of Tavira. Claudia from MARS greeted us warmly upon our arrival, and got us quickly set-up in our apartment. The apartment was spotless and roomy, and was well equipped for a beach holiday (including a drying rack on the back porch for wet swimsuits). Loved it! Thank you!”
GregorMay 2017
Vista Gilao
The website was very good. The booking service was very easy and efficient. The meeting service was very good. Claudia was lovely as I was unwell and the taxi driver could not find the apartment. The property details were very good, indeed the apartment exceeded our expectations for space, comfort and amenities. The property was very clean and tidy. We were very happy there and would thoroughly recommend the apartment to others. Regards Dr Jo Rayner
Dr Jo-Anne RaynerApr 2017
Vista Gilao
A great apartment in a great location. The kitchen was well stocked with equipment for us to make brekkie every morning, and being just round the corner from a supermarket was a godsend. The apartment is clean, and although the views aren't great the location more than made up for it. Walking distance to the centre of town and 10 mins from the ferry. A perfect base. The communication leading up to and whilst away were perfect. Our flight was severely delayed, but it was made to be made no big deal by the hosts which certainly took and element of the stress away! I would definitely recommend this place for someone a base in central Tavira. We loved it.
Naomi GaleSep 2016
The apartment was exactly as shown and discribed on the webpage. Our hosts we waiting for us when we arrived and spent time with us explaining the use of appliances and about the area. There is a grocery store less than a block away which is very convenient and it is a short walk to the center of town, if we are in Tavira again we would definitely stay there again.
Rick GeorgeSep 2016
Airbnb Review
Friendly host upon arrival. Location excellent as described. Close to beautiful town . All facilities excellent in appt .
Noreen KellyOct 2016
The apartment was beautiful, clean and well appointed with everything we needed during our stay. The location couldn't have been better; it is within walking distance to pretty much all the cafes and restaurants in Tavira and there is a supermarket, Pingo Doce, literally a stones throw away. Our host who met us when we arrived was very friendly and gave us valuable advice regarding the local area. Overall, these things added up to a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday and we would definitely stay here again.
ByronAug 2016