I booked this apartment because of its closeness to the beach and its one block away from it. The host Isabel was in constant contact through email offering directions and instructions for check in. She writes in excellent English and is very prompt with her replies.
On arrival to the apartment building it does look dated but don't let this put you off. If your on a budget holiday this ticks the box. Its one block away from the beach and the strip of restaurants and bars, quite literally a two minute walk and then you can ramble up and down the strip. There is a small pool at the back of the building but we didn't use it.
The apartment is decorated with Portuguese ornaments and reminders of the hosts travels. It was very clean. Its on the second floor with views of the marina in the distance from the living room. You cannot see the beach. There is no balcony. The AC is in the living room area and not in the one double bedroom which can get quite warm even with doors left open to circulate air. There is a double pull out bed on one side of the living room under the AC and two singles on the other side of the room. One single bed pulls out from under the other.
We didnt use the kitchen as we ate out locally each evening. We did use the washing machine but being a man and a little clueless when it comes to what cycle to put on, instructions in English would have been helpful just to rinse clothes. Instructions to work TV channels and AC also would be beneficial.
There was construction going on in a neighbouring apartment which we were unaware of on arrival. Work started early so no sleep in! It was a little distracting but understandable that there was nothing the host could do about it.
There is public buses passing the building regularly if you wish to travel into Portimoa. Bus stop is out the door and down to the right past the Pharmacy. There is a local shop across the street from Pharmacy for most household goods.
Overall, good location and worked for what we wanted. Praia de Rocha beach is really nice and very very close to the apartment.