Convento is hidden at the end of a narrow lane in the coastal town of Olhão – very close to the promenade and the local markets. This B&B looks quite inconspicuous from the outside, which makes the surprise all the greater when you step inside! The entrance area leads into an inner courtyard with colonnades, tiled floors and a fountain at the centre. It extends over two floors and opens up to the sky (it can be closed in winter). The architecture and the quiet ambience will remind you a little of a monastery, but the building has a different history. It used to be a dormitory for women who worked in the fishing industry. During the renovation process, the exterior façade was largely left as it was, and the remodelling took place inside. The inner courtyard was inspired by the Moorish style, which also characterizes the surrounding old town of Olhão. The former dormitories grouped around the courtyard were transformed into guest rooms. Both the floor space and the height of the rooms are very generous. The predominantly white rooms are partly furnished with antique furniture and have spacious marble bathrooms. The two rooms on the second floor can be reached via a narrow spiral staircase. On this level you will find also the roof garden with several terraces and a pool. The view extends over the roofs of the city and across the lagoon to the offshore islands.
Breakfast is served in the common room on the ground floor. Here, guests are spoiled with local delicacies and freshly baked pastries served at a long communal table.
What to do
Beach, boat trips in the lagoon, bird-watching, bicycle tours and hiking in the nature reserve Ria Formosa, sightseeing (Olhão Faro, Tavira), golfing.
Why we like this house
A quiet and spacious oasis in the middle of the old town of Olhão. The location in this authentic city is the perfect starting point for discovering the Eastern Algarve.
This house is great for
Single travellers and couples. If the building is rented as a whole, it is also suitable for group events.
Details of the property
Region/Town: PT – Portugal, Algarve, Olhão
Name: Convento Olhão
Scenery: In the heart of the charming old town, just a few metres from the harbour.
Number of guests: Max. 18 guests in 9 double-rooms
Architecture: Old & new
Design: Filipe Monteiro, Olhão, Portugal
Published: The Times, 08/2017, Elle France, 08/2017, Neue Züricher Zeitung, 04/2017, The Guardian, 06/2016, Globe Mail Kanada, 06/2016