OceanBlue Portugal

Burgau, Algarve, Portugal Book from Book from £60 per night

Activity-based hilltop retreat in the unspoilt western Algarve: 4 self-catering apartments (sleeping 2-4) for family and small-group adventures

At the tip of southwest Europe, Costa Vicentina Natural Park is one of Portugal’s least-developed regions: a wild landscape of jagged cliffs, hidden coves, gently forested hills and sun-beaten villages. For boat builder Sean and personal trainer Lucy it's a perfect setting for their dream: leading small groups on big adventures. From mountain bikes and paddleboards to surfboards and snorkels, one thing’s for sure: you’ll leave OceanBlue feeling fitter, healthier and more energised than when you arrived.

Their striking white villa, overlooking the Atlantic, is split into 4 self catering apartments. Ideal for families and friends, interiors are modern and bright with simple Scandi-style kitchens. Shady terraces lead out to the main pool, where you could spend your days in blissful recline. But drag yourself away! You're here to be guided in wonderful activities, which can be adapted for all ages, abilities and levels of adventure. There are clifftop hikes, gentle rivers to paddle, twisting valleys to ride. And if, after an active day, you don’t then feel like cooking, it’s a gentle stroll to Burgau village (0.5km) where beachside tavernas make gourmet treats out of fresh-as-you-like seafood. Whether you’re looking to reboot your lifestyle or learn a new skill, OceanBlue sounds like the ultimate escape for a healthy holiday in the sun; we can't wait to stay.

Information provided by OceanBlue Portugal on 08/02/2021.

25% deposit required to secure the stay. This is non-refundable and non-transferrable unless closed due to restrictions by the government. For all other circumstances - you must self quarantine or if your area is in lock down then you must claim on your insurance. The balance is due 4 weeks prior to arrival date. If you pay the balance and cannot travel due to a lockdown in your area 50% of the total price will be reimbursed.


  • A great place to come solo, with friends or with other families; adventurous kids will be in their element
  • The gorgeous setting in a natural park with walking and biking trails right from the door, 5 minutes from beaches
  • Wonderful activities exploring under-the-radar spots: guided mountain-bike rides, paddleboard tours and catamaran trips to secret coves. Do as much or as little as you'd like
  • Surfboards and wetsuits to hire, and Lucy can book you lessons if you want
  • A fun, sociable atmosphere, sparked by fab hosts Lucy and Sean


  • Bedrooms are on the small side, but living areas are spacious
  • Kitchens are simple and don't have ovens, but are fine for preparing simple meals. There's a communal BBQ too
  • The pool is unheated and can be a little chilly out of high summer
  • You'll need to bring beach towels
  • The owners have small friendly dogs, but these can be kept away from communal areas

Best time to go

May and June are our favourite time to visit with glorious sunshine, pristine beaches and carpets of wild flowers. Autumn is also very appealing when the beaches are quiet and the ocean is warm. The high season months of July and August can be hot, but cooling northerly winds keep temperatures bearable. Winter nights are cold but the villa has underfloor heating and the sun still shines most days.”

Our top tips

Even if you're not a fan of organised tours, OceanBlue's trips are not to be missed. Whether you're a beach lover and water enthusiast or prefer exploring hinterland valleys and villages, they'll get you to places you'd never find in a guidebook to discover the real Portugal through different activities.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 4 apartments for 2-4
  • Self catering; walk to restaurants
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Bicycles Available
  • Laundry Service
  • Surf gear


Overlooking the pool and huge view beyond, the 4 stylish apartments are cleverly designed. Internal walls are lined with mud plaster to create a soft acoustic and ambient climate: cool in summer, warm in winter. There's also underfloor heating for comfortable year-round living.

Open-plan interiors are predominantly white, with dashes of tropical turquoise or deep ocean blue. Immaculately furnished with simple sofas, a basic kitchen and outdoor terrace, they're a tasteful base in which to kick back and relax after your adventures.

The smallest, Sapphire has a kingsize bed in a large open-plan studio, with a basic kitchen and a large wet room. Its deck area is separate from the others, with a cool hammock chair.

Lagoona and Azul overlook the pool and each have 2 bedrooms, a large open-plan living area, and lovely light bathrooms with walk-in showers. Oceano is similar but it has a tub in its bathroom and a large private garden with plunge pool - an ideal space for kids to romp around or for those wanting a little more privacy.

Features include:

  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Underfloor heating
  • WiFi


Each apartment has a simple kitchen with fridge, toaster and twin hob, but no oven. The 2-bed apartments also have a microwave, and guests are welcome to use the communal barbecue in the pool area. You can buy everything you need in Burgau, a short walk or drive down the hill. There's a small supermarket, bakery, grocery store and wine shop, as well as daily visits from a van selling fresh fish.

However, eating out is a real highlight of the region; Lucy and Sean will recommend excellent restaurants and cafes. Burgau has several, and there are plenty of options further afield. Fish and seafood are the basis of traditional Algarve cuisine. A regional favourite is 'cataplana' – a combination of fish, seafood, chorizo and vegetables cooked up in a copper saucepan. Or you might want to try 'arroz de marisco' - a rice dish of prawns, clams and crabs cooked with tomato and wine in a large clay pot.

Features include:

  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster


Guided activities:
Each day there's a different activity on offer, guided by Lucy or Sean. They can be adapted for all ages, abilities and levels of adventure. Sometimes you will be part of a group (max 6), other times it will be just you and your guide. It's all bespoke and very flexible.

  • Mountain bike through rural valleys, grassy meadows and downhill trails
  • Try paddleboarding, along a gentle river or secret beaches along the coast; great for core, balance and body strength
  • Enjoy a relaxing sea safari on Sean's 7m Cheetah catamaran; swim to hidden bays, snorkel into blue grottoes or picnic at anchor
  • Boost your fitness levels with Lucy's Wild Gym sessions; from sunrise bootcamps on the beach to guided runs and poolside yoga

Independent time:
  • Chill by the pool or in your private garden
  • Hike along the ancient coastal paths, stopping off for lunch at the traditional fishing village of Salema
  • Surf the gentle waves of the south or the wild breaks of the west. You can hire equipment from OceanBlue and Lucy can arrange lessons on request
  • Hit the beach. We like the sound of Ingrina (serene and sandy, with rock-pooling); Zavial (wild, with dramatic cliffs), and Cabanas (sandy, with a super beach club and beanbags)
  • Take a drive to dramatic Cabo de São Vicente, Portugal's most southwesterly point, with a lighthouse and spectacular views
  • Visit historic Lagos with its bustling markets, buzzing nightlife and pretty harbour estuary

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Private guided tours
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Wakeboarding
  • Wildlife
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting
  • Yoga


Children of all ages are welcome and it's a great place for a family break. Older kids will get the most out of the activities on offer, but they can be tailored to all ages, abilities and levels of adventure. Lucy and Sean have a 11-year-old daughter who’s happy to make new friends and share her water skills.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Sapphire is a studio apartment with kingsize bed and a single sofabed/space for a baby cot; Azul, Lagoona and Oceano are all 2-bedroom apartments (1 double, 1 twin/double) with space for 1 baby cot.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots and high chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

Swimming pool (unheated), biking

Kids Activities nearby:

Splash sessions, surfing, SUP, horse riding, beaches, boat trips

Families Should Know:

The pool is not fenced. Two small friendly dogs may be around but can be kept away on request.


  • Airport: Faro (a 1-hour drive)
  • Shops/restaurants: 0.5km
  • Hospital: 12km (Lagos)
Kid Friendly:


Ocean Blue is on a hilltop just inland from the traditional fishing village of Burgau, in Portugal's western Algarve. Surrounded by wild fig fields, it's on the edge of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park.

By Air:
Fly into Faro then hire a car. It's an hour's drive.

Alternatively, Lucy can arrange airport transfers, or you can take a train from Faro to Burgau, then taxi/walk from there.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.


  • Faro 97.0 km FAR


  • Beach 1.0 km
  • Shops 0.5 km
  • Restaurant 0.5 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests


Such a lovely place. Lucy and Sean are fantastic hosts.


Lucy and Sean were fantastic hosts and we couldn't have had a better holiday. The accommodation is top class and there is a lovely easy-going atmosphere about the place so relaxation is simple to achieve. Can highly recommend the activities that are available, especially the boat trip.


We had a great time with Lucy and Sean at Ocean Blue in June. We stayed in Sapphire which is perfect for 2. The entrance is at the back rather than the poolside but this means that it’s very private. Lucy is always up for an adventure and on the first morning took us paddleboarding around beautiful beaches which was such fun! All the activities are well planned and because they know the area so well, they take you to places you would never have found on your own. We went mountain biking with Lucy and Sean and Lucy took us on a guided run. The highlight of the trip was when Sean took us out on the catamaran around the coastline from Lagos. We spent the morning swimming, snorkelling and paddle boarding. It was fantastic. Lucy and Sean provide all the equipment and are always on hand to make sure you’re okay and enjoying yourselves. Nothing is too much trouble for them, even giving us a lift as we didn’t have a car and recommending places to eat in and around Burgau. Burgau itself has a lovely beach which was very quiet and safe to swim....if a little chilly! All in all a great trip. Many thanks to Lucy and Sean and their daughter Sofia. We will definitely be back!


Can not recommend this more highly - Lucy and Sean are great and friendly hosts and their villa is beautiful. We were lucky to get upgraded to a larger apartment facing the pool, with a perfect, little outdoor area with a sofa and café table for breakfast.
We joined Lucy & Sean for the sea safari twice, simply because it was so much fun! The landscape and the flexibility in choosing what you wanted to do: snorkeling, trying SUP for the first time, or just swimming and enjoying the sights.
All of the recommendations included in the arrival pdf which we tried were great, and I would rely heavily on that document unless you really enjoy researching for a holiday.
We will for sure return to OceanBlue Active, and have already recommended it to friends and family.


We had a wonderful stay at Ocean Blue - perfect location that feels like a retreat, but is close to the village, and has walks right on the door step. The apartment was spotless, comfortable and had everything we needed. Particularly loved our apartment's outside space, just near the pool and with views to the sea. Lucy was really helpful - sorting out car hire, loaning wetsuits and providing knowledgeable advice on walking routes and good surfing beaches. We will definitely be back.


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