Villa Riccarda

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Sleeps: 10 - 14 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 3


Pool Villa/House Quirky Modern
Great Value
Ideal for Kids

An artist’s haven, it is easy to feel inspired inside Villa Riccarda! This newly renovated townhouse is located in the city of Portimao, just a short stroll from the bustling historic centre and a quick drive from the beach. Unique, every corner of this villa has been carefully curated by its artist owner, Eric de Bruijn, with his own personal collection adorning the walls. Centrally located, you can walk to restaurants and cafés in the historic city centre, returning to the comfort and privacy of Villa Riccarda as and when you wish; the perfect holiday balance!   

From the moment you arrive, Villa Riccarda truly offers the ‘wow’ factor! The ground floor boasts a combined art studio and living room. Bright, spacious and elegant, this beautiful room offers white walls, polished concrete floors and oversized sofas and armchairs, with antique-style rugs creating intricate patterns underfoot. As you stride into the kitchen, it feels as though you have walked into a gallery, with high ceilings and contemporary furnishings filling the vast space. Fully equipped you will find everything you need to prepare fantastic meals which you can share around the huge dining table. There is one large bedroom on this floor with four beds.

Stairs wind up to the upper floor, where you will find the remaining five bedrooms. Four boast double beds and one offers twin beds and every bedroom has been fitted with mood lighting and Bluetooth headphones, so you can listen to your own music undisturbed! A second kitchen, dining area, television room and two bathrooms complete the upper floor, each designed with the same unique aesthetics as the rest of the villa.

Outside, the fairy-tale continues with outdoor areas on both floors. Downstairs, the outdoor area wraps around the back of the villa with a private swimming pool, outdoor shower, dining tables and outdoor cooking facilities. An oasis in the city, this tranquil space feels similar to a courtyard in Marrakech, with lush plants, cacti and rich pink walls. Upstairs, the spacious roof terrace is adorned with lounge chairs, a dining table, sunbeds and a large American barbecue, so you can sit and dine al-fresco. There are few places more enchanting than Villa Riccarda, with artistic delights at every turn; the perfect base for those looking for something a little different!

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • You can park your car for free in the streets around the townhouse.
  • A cot and highchair are available on request for your convenience. 
  • Smoking is only permitted outside on the terrace, please respect this during your stay

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!

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Hairdryer TV Heating

The Villa

Villa Riccarda is an artistic townhouse in the city of Portimao. With 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms can accommodate up to 14 people

Ground floor
- Art studio with a spacious living room
- Well-equipped kitchen with a dining table
- Bedroom with 4 beds and ensuite bathroom

First floor
- Four double bedrooms
- Twin bedroom
- Two bathrooms with shower, toilet, sink and care products
- Toilet
- Fully equipped kitchen with dining table
- Television room


- Private swimming pool (2,5 x 11 meters)
- Outdoor shower
- Dining tables and outdoor cooking facilities
- Spacious roof terrace with a large covered lounge, dining table, sun-beds, bbq


About the surrounding area of Villa Riccarda
Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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A real highlight of Villa Riccarda is its fantastic location, right in the heart of Portimão. This historic port city offers the very best of the Algarve, with terraces, restaurants and bars lining the pretty streets and a welcoming atmosphere ideal for families, couples and friends alike. Portimão is known for its breath-taking beaches, as well as the vibrant nightlife in the city. A little more low-key and relaxed than some of the hectic beach towns, Portimão is perfect for those looking for a little more sophistication and culture, whilst remaining nearby the rugged and energetic Algarve coast.

From the villa itself, you can walk to the harbour, supermarket and shops in the historic centre. In fact, the city beach, Praia da Rocha is only a 15-minute stroll away! This busy beach with its towering rock formations is great for everyone, with plenty of eateries and facilities to keep you comfortable throughout the day! Praia dos Tres Castelos, Praia dos Careanos and Praia de Alvor are some more popular beaches in the area, each as beautiful as the last. Praia dos Careanos is particularly idyllic, perfect for a day in the sand.

Within the city, you can visit the Museu de Portimão, located on the riverfront in a converted 19th-century sardine and mackerel canning factory. You can learn everything about the city’s vibrant past, adding some history into your stay.

For outdoor lovers, a walk along the Arade river is not to be missed, with picturesque views along the entire route. At the very end of the promenade, you will find the Fort of Santa Catarina, which is well worth it with stunning views over the Rocha beach, river and blue azure of the Atlantic!

You can take a boat trip from the harbour, exploring both land and sea. The charming fishing village of Ferragudo is just across the town, characterized by small fishermen’s houses, whitewashed buildings and narrow cobbled streets, making it a photographer’s dream.

Albeit the great food, fantastic wine and pretty cobbled streets are sure to enchant you, it is often the array of shopping that draws visitors to Portimão. The streets are full of shops, so be it window shopping or holiday buying, there is plenty of places to keep you entertained! 

Read more about Portimao


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.


Portimão is the largest city in the western Algarve and was traditionally a centre for shipbuilding, sardine fishing and fish processing. Today, most of that industry has been replaced by tourism, leisure and retail, leaving Portimão as a large and residential city. Perhaps the most attractive part of the town is the riverfront which runs from the marina to beyond the road bridge. There are several squares along this stretch, which become increasingly less touristy as you head away from the marina.

Of course, Portimão is probably best known for the fantastic beach of Praia da Rocha. Located about 3 km south of the town, this is one of the most impressive stretches of sand on the Algarve coast. Take a trip up the Rio Arade and explore the local area, or get out and active in the sunshine. Our pick of the best properties to stay in Portimão are perfect bases whether you're simply here for a beach holiday or you plan to explore further afield.


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. There’s actually a load of fascinating culture and history, superb cuisine and enthralling adventures to be had, though we’d be the first to admit that the beaches are pretty special too, with lots of sand, spectacle and wonderfully clean water.

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!

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

From the moment you arrive, kids are sure to love Villa Riccarda just as much as adults. This spacious artist’s villa will set their imaginations on fire as they bundle into the oversized armchairs and play games around the huge dining tables. The owner’s art collection fills the villa, so you can take the opportunity to teach your little ones about art, creating your own artistic projects to entertain little ones during your stay! In this way, kids may need supervision around some of the paintings and display cabinets as a few items are delicate.

The villa’s twin bedroom is well suited to children, and seeing as every room has its own headphones, they can enjoy silent disco’s every evening in the comfort of their own room! A cot and a highchair can be made available on request, making your stay as convenient as possible.

Outside, the villa will quickly become even more popular with kids, with the private swimming pool and outdoor furniture providing plenty of spots for them to play and to relax. Dining al-fresco is a must, with plenty of room around the tables to all sit together, enjoying quality time away from busy day to day lives. 

The surrounding area is just as popular with children. A visit to Museu de Portimão will teach you all about the city’s history, whilst a walk along the river together gives you an opportunity to explore the beautiful surrounding landscapes. There are plenty of family-friendly restaurants nearby with menus to entice the whole family – fresh fish is a particular speciality in this area! 

The nearby beaches are great for kids, the closest only being a 15-minute walk away. There are often lifeguards at the beach in summer, with safe, sandy shores for you all to enjoy. For an afternoon of guaranteed entertainment though, we have to recommend the nearby Slide & Splash water park! With slides, pools and rides as well as reptile and tropical bird shows, kids will be entertained for hours. Zoomarine and the ropes course at Luso Aventura are also great options for a more adventurous day out. 

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • 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 travel services 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 transfers

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

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 fulfill your requests!

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €300 charged to the client's credit card as a pre-authorisation at least 2 weeks prior to arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to a full inspection.
Arrival time 4 pm
Departure time 10 am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Heating costs included? Not available at this property.
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price.
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.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included in the rental price.
Minimum stay 6 nights.
Changeover day Flexible
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & Vaping are not permitted.
Pool heating charge? Not available at this property.
Tax Tourist tax not applicable.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Other Ts and Cs High chair and cot available at no extra cost (on request)

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people: For every additional guest up to 14, it will cost an additional £132 - £165 per person per night.

Rental period Weekly
Oct 4th 2023 - Dec 16th 2023 £5,018
Dec 16th 2023 - Jan 16th 2024 £6,175
Jan 16th 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 £5,018
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 £6,175
Sep 1st 2024 - Dec 16th 2024 £5,018
Dec 16th 2024 - Apr 6th 2025 £6,175

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people: For every additional guest up to 14, it will cost an additional €143 - €179 per person per night.

Rental period Weekly
Oct 4th 2023 - Dec 16th 2023 €5,435
Dec 16th 2023 - Jan 16th 2024 €6,689
Jan 16th 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 €5,435
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 €6,689
Sep 1st 2024 - Dec 16th 2024 €5,435
Dec 16th 2024 - Apr 6th 2025 €6,689

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people: For every additional guest up to 14, it will cost an additional $150 - $188 per person per night.

Rental period Weekly
Oct 4th 2023 - Dec 16th 2023 $5,691
Dec 16th 2023 - Jan 16th 2024 $7,005
Jan 16th 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 $5,691
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 $7,005
Sep 1st 2024 - Dec 16th 2024 $5,691
Dec 16th 2024 - Apr 6th 2025 $7,005

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Unbelievable stay!

    on 13/09/2023

    Unbelievable stay! Ideal for big groups. Very warmly welcomed and felt right at home. We enjoyed every space, really a fantastic villa with lovely pool. We would like to come back (soon)!

  • Villa Riccarda

    on 12/09/2022

    Just perfect for what we needed. Smooth process. Exceptional property.

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