Quinta do Rio
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What Oliver loves…
- Quinta do Rio is extremely spacious and very light and airy
- Tavira is one of the most charming towns on the Algarve so you must go!
- It is lovely to take a little ferry boat over to the glorious sandy beaches of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve
The charming Quinta do Rio was built in 1986 and is situated a short drive from the centre of the lovely town of Olhao, 4km from the beach and 10km from Faro. It is a three bedroom villa for six guests with easy access to the spectacular Ria Formosa Nature Park, the atmospheric Old Town of Faro and the alluring town of Tavira.
Quinta do Rio sits on a large plot with a large lawn at the front and a fabulous curvy pool and terrace at the rear. The ground floor is open-plan with a huge, modern corner sofa in the living area, a slightly raised dining area and a huge, modern kitchen. The kitchen contains so many cupboards and is well-equipped. It leads directly to an alfresco dining terrace and a built-in barbecue. There is a cosy bar close to the stairs.
The villa boasts three excellent double rooms, all with so much space and double beds. The bedrooms are very light with huge glass doors opening to small balconies and offering wonderful views. The villa has two well-maintained, tiled bathrooms.
Quinta do Rio is very comfortable and very spacious with excellent outdoor space. It is situated in a fabulous position, close to the airport and with plenty of entertainment on the doorstep!
What you should know…
- Golf fans will be delighted by the many courses in the area
- You must buy your fish at the excellent fish market in Olhao. It is quite an experience!
- Don’t forget to visit the Old Town of Faro one evening!
This home is a part of our Great Value Collection!
Our great value homes:
- may be traditionally styled for a laid back feeling
- may have some simple amenities and features
- mean that you can enjoy top holiday destinations for less!
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Open-plan living and dining area
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with double bed
- Private swimming pool (2m x 4m)
- Dining area
- Sun loungers
- Television with DVD player
- Washing machine
- High chair and cot upon request
Quinta do Rio is very close to the centre of Olhao, a major fishing port. It was in Olhao that the first canning factory was established in 1882, sparking a trend that spread in both directions along the coast, with canned tuna and sardines becoming a large source of income for the Algarve. The old quarter of Olhao brims with Moorish-style houses, square and whitewashed with flat terraced roofs and boxed chimneys. The church of Nossa Senhora do Roario dates back to the 17th century and the chapel behind it, dedicated to Nossa Senhora dos Afelitos, is still the place where the fishermen’s wives gather during stormy weather to pray for their husbands. The long, delightful promenade is very attractive with the Jardim Pescador do Olhanense gardens. The fish market on the waterfront is Olhao’s main draw. It is buzzy and quaint and sells honey, chickens, a huge array of local produce as well as many types of fish. There are fabulous, atmospheric cafes and restaurants overlooking the colourful boats moored along the waterfront in the marina and the sandy beaches of Armona and Culatra.
Small ferry boats take tourists to the islands of the Rio Formosa for beach days and fabulous picnics and lunches. Ilha da Culatra is beautiful and perfect for snorkelling and diving. Ilha do Farol is at the area at the western end of Culatra with a lighthouse. Ilha da Armona is the nearest to Olhao and boasts a few fish restaurants as well as a gorgeous, golden sandy beach. The islands are especially beautiful at sunset. Tavira Island is further along the coast and again is lovely. You can take a ferry ride across the River Gilao. Praia do Barril is reached by a 1km pretty track or a cosy train ride once you have crossed the water. The town of Tavira is beautiful with charming, narrow streets lined with cute cafes and decked with flags and colourful flowers. Tavira lies along the slow-flowing Gilao River and is a delightful mix of traditional Portuguese heritage with Moorish influences. Many restaurants serve delicious meals, plus there is a myriad of decorative churches.
You should also head back into Faro Old Town for an afternoon or evening, entering through the town’s 11th century Arab gateway, Arco da Vila, the oldest horseshoe arch in the country. The old town is a charming labyrinth of pretty narrow streets. The Manuel Bivar Gardens are very pretty, and the Municipal Museum is an interesting find to enjoy many archaeological items.
Restaurant Vista Formosa
Praia dos Cavos
San Lorenzo Golf Course
Faro Tennis Center
Please be aware that the location tab shown on the website is not based on the property's exact location; therefore, all location amenities are an approx of facilities, restaurants, and villages/towns you might find around the property. The property's exact location will be provided to you before arrival and might come along with some recommendations about the area and what to visit.
Estoi is a fascinating little town hidden away a few kilometres from the Algarve coastline. It makes for a perfect home base while exploring the region, although there is not much going on in the village itself.
Estoi is simple and picturesque, with cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and terracotta roofs. You can begin your exploration of the region’s history right here with the Palácio de Estoi, an exquisite rose-coloured rococo palace which is open to the public and nowadays run as a hotel.
Close by there are also the ruins of a Roman villa dating all the way back to the 2nd century AD. But most of what you’ll be doing in the village of Estoi is relaxing and looking on as local life goes around you, as well as travelling to explore the Algarve on your own terms.
ABOUT THE ALGARVE
Though most people tend to see the Algarve as all about the beaches and a holiday on the Med, there’s far much more to it than that.
But while you’re enjoying one of our fantastic villas in Algarve, you may well want to take some time out from all that sun worship to explore everything else the region has to offer – so we’ve put together this handy travel guide to give you a little help and inspiration!
Quinta do Rio is ideal for a family holiday. The pool is delightful, and the villa is very spacious. Olhao is lovely and offers the opportunity to visit the lovely islands of the Ria Formosa in little wooden ferry boats.
You can explore the wonders of the Ria Formosa Nature Park by renting bicycles. There are dedicated cycle routes you can try out such as the Ecovia Litoral Algarve or the Great Route of the Via Algarviana. You can rent bikes from as little as one hour or more than three days. Another way of exploring the nature park is to kayak. You will have the chance to explore the channels and marshes and even stop to observe the birds and other animals.
Tavira is lovely and very family-friendly, with children welcome at all the charming restaurants. You can visit the spectacular beach on Tavira Island or travel to Pego do Inferno with its stunning natural waterfall. You can spend the day listening to the water cascading over the rocks and playing of the small pebbled beach.
Ilha Deserta is one of the most beautiful of the Ria Formosa islands. You can take a speed boat from Faro Old Town or an organised boat trip from Olhao to explore Ilha Deserta. There are many opportunities for boat trips from Olhao, including dolphin watching and sunset trips.
Centro Ciencia Viva do Algarve is a cute little science museum with many interactive experiments to try with the help of the English speaking guides. It is very cheap to visit and great fun.
If you really want to visit a water park while you are away, the Algarve has four of them. Splash & Slide, Aqualand, Aquashow and Atlantic Park are all good fun if you are prepared for a bit of a drive.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Walk to Restaurant
- <1hr to Airport
- Tennis Nearby
- Horse Riding
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||€500 charged to client’s credit card before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.|
|Arrival time||4 pm|
|Departure time||10 am|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.|
|Linen & towels included?||Bed linen and bath towels are included in the rental price. Please bring your own pool towels.|
|Energy costs included?||Yes, included in rental price.|
|Heating costs included?||Yes, included in rental price.|
|Internet access?||Wi-Fi internet access included in rental price|
|Minimum stay||7 nights|
|Pets welcome?||Not allowed|
|Smoking Allowed?||Not permitted.|
|Tax||Yes, included in rental price.|
|Insurance||Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.|
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