Casa Flor de Sal

Moncarapacho, Algarve

7 cottages on the edge of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, where wild herbs scent the air, hoopoes bob and call and flamingos fly at dusk


19 beds


11 bedrooms


Sleeps 22


A beautiful place, serenely run. Martin and Alexandra, a Danish-Portuguese couple, fell in love with an 18th-century ruin and ended up with a paradise. Agapanthus, plumbago and fruit trees mingle with cacti and man-made streams, and the freshwater lake – where you swim with tiny fish – is a magnet for dragonflies and butterflies. There are chlorine pools, too – two of them. You arrive at a big blue iron gate surrounded by whitewashed walls to find storks nesting on top of a telegraph pole and a cluster of cottages around a central farmhouse. All are generously proportioned and well equipped. The décor is Scandinavian-Portuguese, the wood is limewashed in pale cream, and the (very) private patios have herb gardens and fountains. A drop-water system services the gardens and the sunshades are made of bamboo. You can visit Olhão’s Moorish streets and seafood restaurants, or catch the ferry to Isla Deserta. The nearest shops are in Fuzeta, three miles – but when you’ve a shop for basics, a playground for children, free bikes and badminton under the trees, why leave? 


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: See special offers on our website! Come and enjoy glorious sunny days in super-cozy self-catering holiday homes! Have a magical family time, go for walks on the beach, enjoy nature and more.

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Extra beds available. Parking on site. Minimum stay: 1 week in high season, 3 nights in low season.
1 November - 23 February.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Restaurants 3 miles.


Nightly price
from €78
Weekly price
from €546
Damage deposit
€€200, paid in cash at arrival
1 House for 2
From €782 beds1 bedroom
1 House for 4
From €903 beds2 bedrooms
1 House for 2
From €783 beds1 bedroom
1 House for 2
From €783 beds1 bedroom
1 House for 4
From €902 beds2 bedrooms
1 House for 4
From €853 beds2 bedrooms
1 House for 4
From €853 beds2 bedrooms


Immaculate property with lovely views. We stayed in Spoonbill. Amazing views from the roof terrace, and a very secluded rear patio with a herb garden. The pool and the natural swimming pond were superb. Martin is a very professional host and the onsite shop is well stocked with local wines. Daniel mixes a great Mojito - text him from the pool! Local area is wonderful - Fuseta has excellent restaurants right by the fish market, and our favourite beach was Barril.

Dan, Bristol

A wonderful place that delivers everything it promises. Perfect for children, cleverly designed houses that feel spacious, private and well equipped and great care and attention given by Martin and Alexandra to every detail. An array of glorious beaches are close by, calm lagoons for little people and bracing Atlantic coastline for the more adventurous. We stayed a week and wished it had been two.

Lizzie, London

Stunning location in the unspoiled Algarve. The little houses are gorgeous, and kitted out with everything you could need (speakers,bbq,board games). The roof terrace was lovely, and the bed very comfortable. Nothing was too much trouble for Martin and Alexandra. Very highly recommend for a relaxing holiday. The pool was also fantastic! We hope to come back soon.

Chloe, London

We stayed in Hoopoe Cottage, which is beautiful and has all the amenities - home from home (but with a sun terrace!). The whole site is well-managed - lovely gardens, good parking and even has its own resident stork family; the natural pool with frogs and dragonflies is a lovely feature. Being close to the saltmarshes and mudflats makes it a great place for anyone interested in wildlife - great walk along the coast for seafood lunch in Fuseta. Our hosts (Martin and Alexandra) were very helpful and made us very welcome.

Sally, Riding mill

We loved staying at Casa Flor de Sal and would be happy to recommend it to others. It is quite possible to enjoy the area without a car. They provide bicycles and we also used buses, trains and taxis which are cheap. We especially enjoyed the bike ride along the ecovia to Tavira through marshes and fields. Their little shop is well stocked and convenient. Everything very clean and well maintained. The pools are beautiful.

Rupert, Dublin

Perfect for a relaxing and re-energising holiday. The spacious accommodation is beautifully designed, clean and well-equipped. We particularly enjoyed the sunken bath after a day cycling on the nearby track and the roof terrace with panoramic views across the salt marshes to the sea. Despite being fully occupied, the site was very quiet with a restful atmosphere enhanced by the beautiful gardens and natural pool. And when we didn't feel like cooking there's a little shop with home-cooked ready meals. Martin was very helpful - but they really seem to have thought of everything you might need.

Jeanne, Nottingham

A wonderful location and the villas were outstanding, all set in well kept and thoughtfully designed gardens. We were welcomed by Martin and a lovely table of pastries and fruit in the villa. They had thoughtfully provided food as per the dietary requirements requested of my wife. The 24 hour shop was most handy and we all thoroughly enjoyed the astronomy evening provided by Martin and his youngest son. The towels and bins were replaced every other other day and the villas cleaned regularly during our 2 week stay. A great location to enjoy this wonderful part of the Algarve. 5 star!

Adam, Falmouth

A calm oasis and a beautiful place to stay. The two properties we had between me and my parents were well furnished, and all the small touches that make you enjoy a holiday had been considered. The kids loved the pool and we all enjoyed exploring the small towns and island beaches that were a short drive away. Even better, this place felt like you were well away from the usual tourist trap of the Algarve! We will certainly be recommending it to our friends back in the UK.

Claire, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Martin Sorensen

  • We are right at the Ria Formosa with a very rich bird life, including a stork nest in the property
  • The best beaches of the Algarve are in the east. The nearest at Fuseta is very good, and only 4km by bicycle plus 10 minutes by boat. It is never packed!
  • The fishmarket in Olhão (6km) has the reputation of being the best in Portugal. It is worth a visit, even if you do not plan buying anything, and the vegetable market next to it is also excellent.
  • Our natural swimming pool is also good for the animals in the area - we have seen at least 5 species of dragonflies and damselflies. We also have more chameleons than before.