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Olhao, Portugal


Real Marina Hotel

7 nights

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“This part of the Algarve sees very few tourists and I think you'll love both the town and the islands.”

Colum McLornan,

Friendship Travel

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We are delighted to show you ‘the other side of the Algarve’ in 2018, with this new sun-and-sightseeing package based in Olhão.


Olhão is literally the ‘other side’ because most visitors to the area arrive in Faro and head east – as Friendship Travel has done (see previous page)! This 7-night package, including sightseeing and unique experiences, will be a revelation even if you have been to the Algarve before.


Your Host flies out from the UK for the week, and calling on the expertise of local guides, we start our sightseeing programme with a 10-minute train hop to Faro for the day. A guided walking tour takes in the cobbled alleyways of the old town, as well as extravagant Baroque churches. Fascinating visits might include the main museum set in a beautiful former convent and the Capela dos Ossos, which is literally a chapel of bones!


Another full day trip (transport included) takes us to Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the mighty river Guadiana. A local guide brings this elegant city to life: it was mainly rebuilt following an earthquake in the 18th century, and the large square lined with orange trees is a lovely spot for coffee, before heading across the border for lunch in Spain (included).


We also organise a fun morning at a local cookery school, where the chef demonstrates classic Portuguese dishes which we’ll all enjoy at lunchtime.


There’s also a excursion by boat during which you can learn more about Ria Formosa’s wildlife and land on a couple of the islands for a stroll.


There is also plenty of time for you to soak up the sun by the hotel’s pool, wander along Olhão’s cobbled streets to discover a friendly bar, take an eco-themed boat safari or hop on a ferry to spend a day on one of the islands’ beautiful beaches.
This is a super new holiday in a beautiful and unspoiled corner of the Algarve that is also great value with our included excursion package!

Our hotel is only 500m stroll from the market, and enjoys wonderful views across the estuary from the elevated (heated) pool and sun terrace. It is strikingly modern inside and out, with its own chic bars and restaurants (we eat at the hotel on four nights). The Spa offers an indoor pool and plenty of pampering options (own expense), and there’s a well-equipped gym.

The Hotel

  • Waterfront location
  • 144 rooms
  • 2 restaurants
  • 2 bars
  • Heated pool
  • Sun terrace
  • Spa (with indoor pool)
  • Gym

Olhão is a busy fishing port within the Ria Formosa Natural Park, which the Portuguese count as one of their seven wonders. Several islands and long sand spits in the tidal estuary from Faro to the Spanish border shelter fishermen and wildlife alike. A local ferry network allows access, especially to the populated islands like Armona, or Culatra where boardwalks instead of roads lead you to long sandy beaches and a lighthouse.
Olhão’s old town leads up from the waterfront market, designed by a certain M. Eiffel and today offering not only fresh produce and fish but cafes and shops. From here, there’s a series of cobbled streets lined with attractive 18th and 19th century townhouses: very Portuguese, very unspoilt.

Real Marina Hotel

Av. 5 de Outubro, 8700-307 Olhão, Portugal

Rooms are crisply-styled and modern. Most bathrooms have both bath and shower. Sea views available at a supplement.

Real Marina Hotel

Rooms

  • Inland view
  • Cable TV
  • Free WiFi
  • Minibar*
  • Room safe
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hairdryer

*Charge payable locally 

 Prices in £ sterling including flights

Departing on or between Day 7 nights
13 May 18 Sun 1135
03 Jun 18 Sun 1165
16 Sep 18 Sun 1185
07 Oct 18 Sun 1135

Book early for lowest price: flight costs can increase.

“This part of the Algarve sees very few tourists and I think you'll love both the town and the islands.”

Colum McLornan, Friendship Travel

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  • Transfers from/to Faro airport (approx 20 mins)
  • Standard double/twin room with inland view for sole use
  • Breakfast each day
  • 4 dinners (with ½ bottle wine and water) each week
  • Excursion programme, including transport to/from start points
  • Full day in Faro, with guided walking tour of Faro
  • Full day to Vila Real de Santo Antonio, including lunch
  • Half-day cookery school experience including lunch
  • Early evening boat trip around Ria Formosa islands including supper
  • Friendship Travel Host at your disposal throughout
  • ATOL-bonded flights from London. 28 regional airport options
 

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“This part of the Algarve sees very few tourists and I think you'll love both the town and the islands.”

Colum McLornan,

Friendship Travel

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