Convento Olhão

Olhao, Algarve
Bed & Breakfast


Traditional buildings converted with stylish minimalism into cool, white spaces. Shady courtyard, stunning roof terrace and refreshing pool

Bedroom

9 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

White, bright and luminous – the rooms here reflect the Algarve’s brilliant light. Drift from the wide roof terraces with views over Olhão’s rooftops and the beach-fringed lagoon, to the cool cloister with its ancient pillars, peaceful fountain, bougainvillea and blazing blue-and-white tiles. Architect and designer Filipe and Eleonore, who live next-door, have converted the former 19th-century girls’ hostel into a luxuriously simple sanctuary. Rooms are serene and gauzy with stripped wood floors, high white-beamed ceilings and minimal furnishings – perhaps an antique chest, baroque armchair or gilded mirror. Most open onto the courtyard or first-floor gallery; two have roof terraces, all have large marble bathrooms. Breakfast at a long convivial table on locally made jams, pastries and market-fresh fruit then slip out through the courtyard doors into the bustle of Olhão with its markets, Moorish streets and seafood restaurants. Explore the Ria Formosa lagoon, laze on the long sandy beaches, then return for a shady read in the courtyard, a dip in the rooftop pool or a sunset drink (honesty bar) from your white eyrie.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Children over 13 welcome.
Closed
1 November - 28 February.
Meals
Restaurants within walking distance.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €100
Surcharges
Singles €95 - €175.
9 Doubles
From €100

Reviews

TheConvento is absolutely delightful. It is an oasis of calm and the attention to detail is remarkable. The owners are charming; nothing is too much trouble. Really I can't fault it in any way!

Caroline

Cool, calm and serene. Expertly run by charming people .Beautiful town and gorgeous beaches.

Nikki

Convento was a magical place to stay! I had a lovely sunny week in Olhao. The room was a sanctuary, the hosts were very attentive and the breakfasts were sumptuous. The place is a quiet, stylish heaven!

Nancy

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Guillaume Lefebure

  • The market: the local fish market, open every day except Sundays and Mondays, is the best in the Algarve. On Saturdays there is also a great farmers market on the seafront. All this is just 1 min from Convento.
  • The islands: it is really worth taking the ferry (5 min on foot from Convento) to visit the islands of Culatra/Farol and Armona with their typical villages and beautiful beaches. The ferries are a 5 min walk from Convento
  • The Ria Formosa natural park: a bike trip to the Natural Park of The Ria Formosa is also worthwhile. There are also very interesting boat tours (3-4 hours) that take you around the Ria Formosa or in the Ocean to see dolphins.
  • Around Olhao: places worth visiting around Olhao include the old towns of Faro and Tavira, reachable by car or by train. A bit further, Lagos and Sagres in the west are interesting as well as Mertola in Alentejo at the border with the Algarve.