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4.6/5 Wonderful
20 reviews


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Popular LocationIlha da Culatra Beach10 min walk
Popular LocationOlhao Harbour9 min drive
AirportFaro (FAO-Faro Intl.)17 min drive
Popular LocationIlha da Barreta Beach35 min drive

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    About this property

    Entire place

    You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

    Ilha Culatra, Voted Best Beach on the Algarve. Traditional Fishing Island

    Holiday home in Faro, walk to Ria Formosa Natural Park
    Welcome to our holiday home on the beautiful ilha culatra which has been voted the best beach on the Algarve. Culatra is a traditional fishing island which is part of the Rio Formosa national park. The main attraction to the island is the stunning beaches and abundance of wildlife. The main beach is approx 10 mins walk from the house. There are no roads or cars on culatra which makes for a very relaxing holiday, The island has restaurants and bars which serve lovely traditional food at very reasonable prices. There are 3 small supermarkets that have a good selection of fresh produce along with everyday essentials. Fresh bread is normally ordered the day before. The island is accessible by passenger ferry which runs frequently from Olhao and takes approx 20 mins. Water taxis are always available. The house is on one level and has a terrace downstairs, a courtyard and roof terrace with view over the fio formosa and the mainland. Please note that an end of clean fee of €50 is payable directly to the cleaning lady on the island.
    Guest accommodations at this holiday home feature separate living rooms.

    Property amenities

    Living spaces

    • Living room


    Children and extra beds

    Children are welcome

    Important information


    You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

    • A tax is imposed by the city and collected at the property. Exemptions or reductions might apply. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

    We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

    You need to know

    Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
    Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
    Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

    About this area


    This holiday home is located in Faro. Faro Old Town is a notable landmark, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Ria Formosa Natural Park and Faro Island Beach.

    Visit our Faro travel guide
    Popular Location

    What's nearby

    • Ilha da Culatra Beach - 10 min walk
    • Olhao Harbour - 9 min drive
    • Ilha da Armona Beach - 11 min drive
    • Algarve Regional Museum - 17 min drive
    • Ilha da Barreta Beach - 35 min drive

    Getting around

    • Faro Station - 20 min drive
    • Faro (FAO-Faro Intl.) - 17 min drive

    Frequently asked questions

    Where is this property located?
    Situated in Faro, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Praia do Farol and Ria Formosa Natural Park. Ilha da Culatra Beach and Golfo de Cádiz are also within 15 minutes.

    Guest reviews

    Overall score and ratings for Ilha Culatra, Voted Best Beach on the Algarve. Traditional Fishing Island

    5 - Excellent
    4 - Good
    3 - Okay
    2 - Mediocre
    1 - Poor

    5/5 Excellent

      Home away from home

      I cant recommend this villa enough, anyone looking for a home away from home and a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life should come and stay here. The island is so un-commercial you really feel part of the community and you can't help being immersed in the culture. Mandy the owner is great and always available to help and usually goes above and beyond just information. The house is beautiful with everything you could need. It has a great roof terrace to while away the evening after a long day at the beach. The beach is amazing! It is a 10/15 minute walk to get there but you won't be disappointed, mile after mile of clean white sand and warm sea. If you want to be on your own then just walk a short distance and that's what you get. Getting from the airport is an easy 15 mins in a taxi. Don't believe the 45 euro price, its 20 to 25 euros max. Uber is even easier and the best way to get back at 16 euros. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend 'Casa Amelia' and Culatra to anyone thinking of going to Portugal for a very relaxing holiday. Wonderful stay. Thank you Mandy for letting us stay, my boys can't wait to come back.

      4/5 Good

        Short stay

        This is a very well equipped house with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. It's a bit difficult to find in the dark thou! Mandy the owner answers any questions almost immediately. The bed is comfortable and the roof terrace a nice place to lay in the sun. It is a 10/15 minute walk to the beach but well worth it. There is a trolley to take towels, picnic etc in which was a great help. As our visit was September the ferry doesn't run as often. Water taxis are €30 and a taxi from the airport is €26. It is a quiet island with only the odd dog barking! Couple of shops and few restaurants-some more welcoming than others! So if you want to get away from hustle and bustle this is the place for you!

        5/5 Excellent

          Ideal relaxing holiday for couples away from everyday life.

          Lovely property supplying everything you will require for your stay. Good local supermarkets that stock chilled beer and wine 😃. We stayed in May and the weather was poor at the start of our stay this did impact on our initial thoughts about the location, however when the weather changed it was beautiful and location ideal for easy access to beach and amazing views across the lagoon. Will definitely return during July and August next time for guaranteed sunshine Thankyou to Mandy who was always very prompt to respond to any enquiries and give support to help us enjoy our stay.

          5/5 Excellent

            Restful Week of tranquility and comfort

            The gift of time, space, relaxation, good food and low carbon footprint are the best ways for us to describe our stay on Ilha Culatra. The accommodation was wonderful. Everything we needed was provided in the rental. The rooftop terrace was delightful for viewing the Ocean Sunset.

            5/5 Excellent


              We can't recommend Mandy's place highly enough! Our expectations were surpassed in so many aspects and it is very reasonable to assume that we will be here again some time in the future. We had a great stay and everything was exactly as it has been described. The owner has been very nice, helpful, welcoming and accomodating. We were given many useful informations prior to our arrival by her and she answered every of our questions via whatsapp within minutes. The villa itself is also great! It has absolutely everything (!) you need, it is super clean and very comfy. We felt at home from the start. We personally loved watching the sunset on the roof terrace as well as having a barbecue grilling fish. We already miss Ilha Culatra and cannot wait to come back and stay at Casa Amelia again.... P.s. Mandy, all the best to you and your family!