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  • Real Marina Residence
  • Olhao, The Algarve, Portugal

Real Marina Residence

A recent addition to the Hotels Real group of properties, Real Marina Residence may be a new kid on the block, but this baby is sophisticated and chic and offers superb quality accommodation for the discerning visitor. Well located overlooking the lovely leisure marina of Olhao, the property has access to all the local amenities of the town and boat trips run regularly to some lovely, virtually deserted beaches on the islands along the Ria Formosa waterway. Forming part of the Real Marina development, the Residence is next to its 5 star neighbour, the Real Marina Hotel & Spa. Amenities of the hotel include an outdoor pool, marvellous spa and indoor pool, treatment rooms, gym, sauna and jacuzzi (these facilities are available at an extra charge, payable locally) plus there is a bar and restaurant in the hotel. The Residence itself provides 2 or 3 rooftop swimming pools in each of its separate apartment blocks with courtesy sunbeds.

Apartments are state of the art and fully self contained. Modern, spacious and with highest quality specification, furnishings and decor are tasteful, in muted colourways and in minimilist style. One bedroom units for up to 4 persons, two bedroom units for up to 5 persons and three bedroom units have capacity for up to 7 persons. Each has a separate twin bedroom(s) and living room with large sofa bed. The two and three bedroom apartments all have one double and one or two twin bedrooms. All apartments have bathroom with hairdryer, fully equipped kitchen (cooker, fridge / freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher etc.), dining table and chairs, LCD TV, phone and safe. All apartments have balcony or terrace. The two and three bedroom apartments have 2 bathrooms. Check-in for the Real Marina Residence is at the Real Marina Hotel and Spa.

* Some facilities may incur a local charge.

** Transfer time from Faro airport is 15 minutes.

Bettina says: "Real Marina Residence really has the best of both worlds in that you can enjoy an independent, self catering holiday in stunning apartments, yet benefit from having a 5 star hotel next door. A great property in a lovely location in a very traditional town."

Accommodation Type

  • Child Friendly
  • Elegant and chic
  • Laid back and relaxing
  • Suitable for families

Board Basis

  • Bed & buffet breakfast basis *
  • Half board basis *
  • Self catering

Journey Time

  • 15 minutes from airport

Official Accommodation Category

  • 4 Star

Property Facilities

  • Rooftop swimming pool
  • Sun terraces
  • Sunbeds free of charge


  • 4 ring cooker
  • Air conditioning free of charge
  • Coffee maker
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full bathroom
  • Furnished balcony / terrace
  • Hairdryer
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Safety deposit facility for rental locally
  • Satellite / cable television
  • Sofa bed
  • Toaster


  • 500 metres to resort


  • * indicates service is at extra charge


An undiscovered treasure, Olhao (pronounced All Yow) lies a mere 8 km east of Faro airport, so a virtual hop and skip away from the more "touristy" resorts on the Algarve, so the town definitely enjoys the best of both worlds and benefits from its great location.

Incredibly, for somewhere that is not particularly well known, Olhao is actually the largest fishing port on the entire Algarvian coast and is the centre of sardine and fish product canning industry, so that is pretty typically Portuguese! Strongly linked to the fishing community, Olhao takes its name from a natural water fountain (Olhao really means "Big Eye") and the town is situated at the end of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve.

Just around the corner from the fishing docks area, a lovely promenade stretches along the waterfront leading into attractive gardens. The busy fish markets are great fun for the visitor and provide a continuous supply of superb fresh fish and seafood to the glut of brilliant restaurants, cafes and roadside eateries that are sprinkled liberally throughout the town.

Olhao's architecture has a heavy Moorish influence, evidence of the commercial links with Africa and the old quarter has very interesting houses with box shaped chimneys and flat, terraced roofs. Atmospheric and impressive, there are the remains of very elegant merchants' homes where ornate stonework, wrought-iron balconies and highly decorative detail are visible. A Baroque church, traditional chapels, local museums and typical shops lend a distinctive air to the picturesque old quarter and make sightseeing a laid back pleasure.

Located on a lagoon system, ferries ply to various "ilhas" (islands) where clear waters are perfect for snorkelling and diving. There are several golf courses within easy reach as well, so you're never too far from a tee box! Pinheiros Altos, San Lorenzo and Colina Verde are the closest courses to Olhao.

All in all, a holiday in Olhao offers a delightfully "local" experience where tourism has not had a huge impact, so life goes on at a leisurely, very typically Portuguese pace and is all the better for it!  Definitely a gem to uncover......


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