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Olhao, Portugal


Casa Rosa @ Guest Mar Hotel

House Party

7 & 14 nights


Prices From £745


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For 2020 we are so excited to bring you a brand new Houseparty in the Algarve town of Olhão. This is the alternative Algarve: instead of the sandstone cliffs and large resorts west of Faro, here are 60kms of tidal lagoons, islands and sandy beaches. The protected status of the Ria Formosa Natural Park restricts development, so Olhão retains its old town of cobbled streets and white-washed houses, its working port and fish market. This is the real Algarve!

In 2019 we are giving guests a taste of this beautiful resort at Guest Mar Hotel, a renovated 19th century building on a tree-lined avenue in the old town. Low-key bars, restaurants and ice-cream parlours are virtually on the doorstep and within 10 minutes’ walk are the waterfront promenade, the market (designed by Gustav Eiffel) and the ferries which run to the beautiful islands just offshore. This is a great base whether you want to go sightseeing by rail or bus, use one of our bikes to discover local villages, or follow an eco-guide in search of wildlife. This holiday will allow you to slow right down to Portuguese pace: tanning on the sun deck before strolling out to a café for lunch, or spending all day on one of the islands’ superb beaches.

Guest Mar is a 19th century house, carefully renovated to become a guest-house. Although renovated it has kept much of its stunning, original architecture with the two cupolas, an imposing central staircase, the original and elegant facade with the restored enchanting entrance door as well as the interior doors.

It's the sea and fishing that motivates the detailed decoration of this place. The Guest Mar has 10 rooms all with private bathrooms, air conditioning, cable TV and free WiFi. Our fully equiped kitchen is a common area where every morning breakfast is served with fresh local products.

Included is a continental breakfast spread each morning, and we run an honesty bar during the day, with a wider drinks range served in the evening. Our package includes 5 dinners with wine each week. There is plenty of choice nearby for the remaining nights, at own expense.

The hotel does not have a pool but all guests will receive one 30 minute spa treatment with access to the indoor pool and spa area within this 5* complex - Real Therapy Spa.

We also include a return ticket for the ferry from Olhao over to Farol Island. Here you can walk around the island, relax on the beach, swim and have lunch.

For those who do like to swim, there is a nearby (10 minute walk) public indoor 25 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi and other facilities.

The Hotel

  • 10 rooms
  • Dining/living room
  • Sun deck
  • Free WiFi
  • Bicycles

Olhão is an easy transfer from Faro airport, which is well-served by regional flights. There’s plenty to see and do in the area. Local trains and buses are great value for visiting Faro, Taviro or the Spanish border town of Vila Real de Santo Antonio. Ferries run to the island community of Armona (15 minutes) where you find a cafes and beach loungers. Culatra has a little fishing port and a long stretch of sand with Farol lighthouse at its tip. Private boat trips led by expert guides visit uninhabited islands rich with birdlife.

Olhão is well connected by rail and bus for sightseeing in coastal towns, including Faro.

Nightlife in Olhão is low-key, revolving around the friendly cafes and bars in the streets by the market, where you can sip a cocktail while watching the sun set behind the islands. An evening in Faro, with your Host, is a great choice for one of the nights when we don’t include dinner.

Guest Mar

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Rooms are spread over 3 floors and all are ensuite doubles.They all differ in size with some larger rooms having a seating area and one room is on 2 levels, with the bedroom upstairs. 

More details on rooms available can be discussed when booking.


Casa Rosa @ Guest Mar Hotel


  • Double bed
  • Hair dryer
  • Free WiFi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Safe
  • Tea and coffee all day in the breakfast room


 Prices in £ sterling including flights

Date Day 7 nights 14 nights
02, 09 & 16 Jun 19 Sun 795 1395
08, 29 Sept 19 Sun 925 1615

Book early for lowest price: flight costs can increase.

 Free room upgrade to next category when you book any date by 28 February 2019.

“' We are excited to bring this exciting new hotel and resort to our clients' Colum - Friendship Travel MD. ”

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  • Double room for sole use
  • Breakfast each day
  • 5 dinners each week (with ½ bottle of wine and water)
  • Host support throughout
  • One 30 minute spa treatment
  • Return ferry ticket to Farol Island
  • ATOL-bonded flights from Gatwick: up to 21 regional options
  • Return transfers from/to Faro airport (approx 20 mins)

Prices From £745

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