The two-bedroom flat became the centre of
attention when the three-year-old went missing
last May, sparking an unprecedented global
Her parents Gerry and Kate held emotional press conferences in front of 5A in the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz in the days after their daughter went missing.
Portuguese police sealed off the property twice
- with tourists staying there for two months
last summer - before releasing the flat back to
its owner after the case was closed with no
result in July.
Now Liverpuddlian Ruth McCann - who is no relation to Madeleine - is said to be keen to sell and the property is on the market for ?250,000.
The retired teacher has handed over the keys to
a local estate agent and potential buyers are
expected to start viewing next week, according
to the Portuguese newspaper 24 Horas.
A source at the unnamed estate agent said: "We should have the key by the end of this week. The owner is asking for 300,000 Euros for the flat."
The two bedroom apartment, which is 500 metres
from the beach, dates back 20 years and is said
to be targeted at the English market.
Madeleine was sleeping in one of the bedrooms
with her younger twin siblings Sean and Amelie
when she went missing on May 3 last year.
Her parents, from Rothley in Leicestershire,
were dining with friends in a tapas bar nearby
and it was Mrs McCann who raised the alarm after
she discovered her eldest daughter's empty bed.
Forensic teams dusted the apartment shutters for
fingerprints, while specialists took DNA samples
from the furniture, but their inquiries proved
The apartment lay empty for a month after Madeleine disappeared but was then available to tourists throughout the summer, raising fears of contamination.
It was finally cordoned off last August after sniffer dogs that were trained to detect corpses and human remains were brought in from Britain.