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Feel like a local in Olhão - top 5 things to do

Fishermen around a table enjoying coffee in Olhão, Algarve

Olhão is a traditional Portuguese fishing village, famous for its large fish market and busy harbor. It is a great place to mix with locals and enjoy fresh seafood. Here are my top things to do while visiting Olhão.

Things to do in Olhão

Olhão old town

Olhão is one of the cities in Algarve that still feels traditional and authentic. Here you can wander around the old town to discover beautiful facades, impressive street art and cute little streets with cute little cafes.

Traditional fishermen streetart in Olhão, Algarve

Olhão fish market

Visit the local market, Mercado de Olhão. It's the biggest fish market in the Algarve and is said to have been designed by Gustave Eiffel, who designed the Eiffel tower and statue of liberty.

The local market, Mercado de Olhão - the biggest fish market in the Algarve

Olhão's harbor

Kick back at the boardwalk by the harbor and enjoy a beautiful sunset. From here you can also take the ferry or water taxi to the serene sandbank islands, Ilha da Culatra or Ilha de Armona.

Sunset over the boats at harbour of Olhão, Algarve

Eat seafood in Olhão

Indulge in local cuisine at Vai e Volta and Restaurante Prazeres. Here you’ll find authentic, no-frills fish and seafood. You will also find a brand new harbour area along the promenad that hosts several new delicious restaurants, including the famous Bamboo restaurant.

Take the ferry

From the harbour you can easily catch the ferry to nearby islands. We visited the Armona island, a cute little village with proper island vibes. Cars are forbidden so you will have to walk about 20min to reach the beach, it is a picturesque walk with small, colourful houses along the way.

I hope you enjoy your visit!


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1 Comment

Becky B
Becky B
Nov 24, 2018

Definitely agree about Vai e Volta, our favourite restaurant 😊 not heard of that pronunciation before though. I've been told it's olyau

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