OceanBlue Hilltop Retreat


Welcome to OceanBlue.
Our dreamy villa and apartments are set in the softly wooded hills of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park of the South Western Algarve.

Bounded by the Serra de Monchique to the north and the infinite blue ocean to the south, we are just a short stroll to a traditional Portuguese village where the cobbled streets wind down to a beautiful golden beach.

The villa features four individually styled apartments, a 40ft pool and amazing coastal and country views. It’s perfect place to simply relax. If you do want to haul yourself away from the dazzling pool and spectacular views there’s lots of activities on offer. Take a self guided explore itinerary and tour at your own pace or join one of our morning activities. We’ll take you to places you won’t find in any guide books.

From the hilltop we have a selection of 5-15km country and coastal loops for you to run, walk or wander – again in your own time and at your own pace.

Walking, hiking, biking, paddleboarding, mountain biking, boat trip, sea safaris, sup and fitness.

About OceanBlue Activities

Our activities are available to guests and non guests.

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🌱Spring shoots☀️ March to May in 60 seconds showing why you should book #algarve now for Spring 24 #portugal #travel #spring #wanderlust #explore #postcardsfromtheworld #active #holiday #activeholiday #lagos #burgau
☀️Our SeaSafari in 60 seconds🏝️
The SeaSafari has become our most popular adventure and is a totally inclusive activity enjoyed by all ages and all abilities.

🦞We’ve been running SeaSafaris for 16 years, originally on the Isle of Wight, hauling up lobster pots and cruising the coast to offer a unique perspective of the untouched bays and coves.
Both the Island and South West Portugal have tremendous coastlines in common. Here in Lagos, we are blessed with turquoise pools, skylit caves, deserted islands and lagoons to lounge the day away. With more than 300 days of sun, it’s easy to be on, in or under the ocean. 

We offer scheduled trips as well as bespoke half to full day private charters which are perfect for larger groups or special occasions.

Thanks to @procamfilms for capturing our favourite ocean experience. Ocean Adventures are for everyone🙌 #lagos #lagoswhat2do #travel #algarve #burgau #boats #lagosmarina #portugal #wanderlust #lagosalgarve #getyourguide #postcardsfromtheworld #boats @cheetahmarine @procamfilms @drivingmiss_daisea
🌿If you prefer to while away the days by the pool or wander to the beach you’re in the perfect place.🌺

🕶️Perched on top of the hill you’ll enjoy the best sunrises and sunsets, spectacular coast & country views and a dazzling 40ft pool☀️

Spend your days lazing on the terraces or hide away in one of our little leafy spots in the gardens.

The beach and village are a 10 minute walk and the bar and bbq area are open all hours.

It’s your holiday, do as much or as little as you like. #portugal #algarve #travel #villa #active #adventure #burgau #surf #instagood #thetravelblog #nature
☘️March 1st already☀️Spring starts and we wish Happy birthday to our fellow adventurer  @izzy_engelhardt  Here, she’s casually enjoying the world class, west coast sunset at the end of our latest video. 

60 seconds of Why we 💙 the west coast
For the  nearby, faraway feel, natural parks, perfect beaches, barefoot bars & winding rivers. Once you’ve been, you can’t help wanting more of its intoxicating, wild charm. #portugal #algarve #travel #surf #nature #thetravelblog #travellifestyle #travelphotography #instagood #sunset #love #bordeirabeach #viladobispo #activeholiday
👣☀️How do you want to explore?🦋🌴
Off the beaten track away from the crowds, leaving tarmac for the trails?
On our small group bike rides, we take you to the raw hidden gems, whitewashed villages tucked away in the hills, tumbledown forts, meandering valleys where the hillsides are dotted with pine trees, the forest feels like you’re in another world and the villages take you to another time. Drink coffee in cafes where it’s impossible to spend 5 euros and watch sunsets you’d remember a lifetime for. 

We will route to suit your group, whether you want to amble along country lanes, try the trickier sundowner loop or cruise valleys out to the wild west coast. Remember, the best routes are those that are hard to find. Tell us where and when you want to go, we will guide and advise. Our bikes are Specialized Mountain bikes, perfect for the terrain in the western Algarve and fun for exploring off the map. 

Another shout out to the shooters of our 60 second adventure series: @procamfilms for this incredible footage, riding the trails and always being one step ahead of the game to get the best shots. 60 seconds to show you why we’re so passionate about what the Western Algarve has to offer and how we can share these amazing places with you. 💙 @procamfilms @quintaflowers @shootingtales @sup_surf_kite #travel #explore #goexplore #findyouradventure #travelgram #seekadventure #algarve #portugal #lagoswhat2do #burgau #algarveportugal #visitportugal #bike #mtb #bikeholiday #activeholiday
☀️Our second instalment on our 60 second adventures we play Glide and Seek🐚 
Stand up paddleboarding is possibly the closest we’ll get to walking on water, granting freedom to explore between secluded beaches and bays, barely accessible even in a little boat.

With nature at play, this location is all about timing. When the conditions are right, the rugged wave swept coastline transforms into a serene world of crystal clarity. Hundreds of seabirds perched on the craggy outcrops watch as we paddle past rocky pinnacles, between azure grottos and through caves and caverns. 

Paddling inside, the water turns translucent turquoise where the sun filters through giant skylights like eyes to the sky. 

We wait for perfect conditions. With even a little wave, it’s a different world and a constant reminder that nature is boss. Again; thanks to @procamfilms for scaling seamounts, launching the drone from 10ft sups and flying through skylights to get the best shots. #sup #standuppaddle #activeholiday #burgau #algarve #wanderlust #travel #redpaddleco #bloggerlife #travellifestyle #workabroad #travelbug #takethescenicroute
☀️🌵Introducing OceanBlue’s 60 seconds of Adventure. We’ve made 6 short stories, exploring some of the activities on offer from our little hideaway on the hill🌳☀️

🐟On our first 60 second adventure we walk and swim the beautiful south. Baby blue skies, aquarium clear waters, spinning shoals. Only us and our two towels above the tide line. 🏝️

The old fishermen’s routes form a myriad of trails connecting our hilltop with craggy cliffs, leafy valleys, and quiet coves eventually linking villages, shady lunch stops and perfect swim spots. 
Thanks to @procamfilms, amazing footage, impeccably capturing why we are spellbound with this perfect parcel of Portugal.
💙Huge thanks to all of you that made OceanBlue 22 a truly fantastic year ⭐️
Happy birthday to this one - can’t believe she chose a boat day😅
🧭Some places get all the limelight….. we 💙 the ones that don’t. #portugal #algarve #active #standuppaddle #sup #travel #explore #wanderlust #postcardsfromtheworld #journey
🔱Gold and emerald💎 …. one of those days in the caves where time and tide stood still⭐️⭐️
The SeaSafari diary is filling up fast so drop me a message if you want to book on for this summer. #algarve #summer22 #portugal #lagoswhat2do #wanderlust #explore #boatlife #redpaddleco @cheetahmarine #burgau #postcardsfromtheworld #travel
🏝Can you believe these sand islands appear like magic for a few hours each day? Just a short hop from our local harbour if you want to explore with us off the map.☀️ @fillandrefillvail #portugal #algarve #oceanblue #wanderlust #travel #travelblogger #traveladdict #postcardsfromtheworld #summer
☀️Stay gold☀️ another beautiful morning exploring the caves from the catamaran #portugal #algarve #burgau #activeholiday #travel #wanderlust #postcardsfromtheworld #travelbug #exploring #redpaddleco #travelphotography #travelreel
☀️Saturday cruising the caves🐠 #algarve #travel #explore #activeholiday #wanderlust #postcardfromtheworld #portugal #lagosportugal #burgau @cheetahmarine #lagoswhat2do @redpaddleco @katieclapton @larasmrtnik
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