The Casa Opala
Perks for the Parents
This delightfully-restored Moorish townhouse with fantastic roof terrace and plunge pool is in the heart of historical Olhão, a lively fishing port near Faro. Perfect for a sunny break in the Algarve, it has everything a family would need, from a fully-equipped kitchen to a refreshing outdoor shower and rooftop dining area. The house is 400m from the waterfront with ferries taking you to islands with family-friendly beaches.
Why Kids Love it
The house has a rooftop plunge pool and a selection of items for young children. Two single sofa beds can accommodate extra children for an additional €25 per stay each. The town itself is great for kids, with beaches nearby and plenty of boats to watch. plus Zoomarine water park, best reached by waterboat. The dining area seats 6; outside there are 4 chairs and bench, plus a pergola. The house has a crib with bedding and a high chair.
Things to Know
Minimum stay: 3 nights most of the year and 7 nights 1 July - 31 August. There is an extra fee for electricity, pool heating and air conditioning. Note that the 2 flights of steep stone stairs are not gated, and the pool is ungated. This is a very vertical house and may not suit those with toddlers. Children will need supervision on the roof terrace and in and around the pool. Basic toys ie dominos and card games are provided. There is free public parking on the street. Car rental strongly recommended. Bedding, towels and WiFi are included. No smoking. Note that the property has no TV or DVD but does have WiFi throughout.
About the Location
The residence is in the heart of Olhão, a fishing town in the Algarve with a busy waterfront and charming cobbled streets. Fish restaurants and the regular weekly market are colorful and popular with visitors; beaches are just a short drive away, as are the sandy islands Culatra and Armona. The colourful town of Tavira is a short distance away. It is 10 minutes’ drive from Faro Airport. There are beaches a 7-8km walk through the dunes from the house plus Fuseta beach, a 10-minute drive away, along with Praia d'el Rai, 11 km away, which can be reached by a small train.
This 2-bedroom residence has a fully-equipped kitchen with induction hob. The ground floor has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. One bedroom has an ensuite bathroom; both bedrooms have queensize beds. On the first floor is a living area with 2 single sofa beds, plus a dining area and sliding doors opening onto the outdoor sitting area. On the top floor is the private rooftop terrace, with pool and lounge area, comfortable chairs and views over the old town.
Modern Moorish. This Moorish-style property with private rooftop pool is a beautiful old fisherman's house restored to its former glory. With whitewashed walls, shutters, a unique wooden bannister and flagstone floors, it is uncluttered and uses modern clean lines to great effect. We love the black Eames-style chairs and the sunny rooftop deck and pool.
Beaches, golf and sunshine
If you like golf, sunshine and beaches, you’ll love the Algarve. Portugal’s sunny spot gets 3,000 hours of sunny blue skies every year and entertains far more sun seekers than that on its highly accessible sandy beaches. For an easy beach break from just about everywhere in Europe, look no further. Beyond the beach, kids love the water slides at Aqualand, boat trips and meeting the monkeys at Zoo de Lagos.