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Explore the vibrant coastal charm of Olhão, located just eight kilometres east of Faro City in the Algarve. As the largest fishing harbour in the region, Olhão boasts bustling streets in the old fishermen's district and stunning beaches beyond the city limits.

While Olhão may not boast many historical monuments, its districts are a delightful blend of Arabic-style architecture, offering picturesque walks amidst whitewashed houses and narrow streets. Don't miss the charming market on 5 de Octubro Avenue, brimming with local seafood and traditional delights.

From Olhão, embark on adventures to Culatra and Armona islands in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, accessed easily from the town. Take time to visit the environmental centre at Quinta Marim Park for a deeper understanding of the region's natural wonders.

For panoramic views, ascend the bell tower of Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário church, offering sweeping vistas of the city and its surroundings. Lastly, immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Ria Formosa Natural Park, a coastal marshland teeming with sandy coves, dunes, and wetlands, with the Quinta de Marim serving as the park's main hub.


Discover the unique charm of Olhão, a town in the Algarve renowned for its North African ambience. With its distinct Moorish architecture, characterised by white flat-roofed houses, Olhão stands out as a captivating destination. Wander through the fishing quarter, where narrow streets wind around two or three-story square houses, each with its own unique features.

The influence of North Africa on Olhão's architecture stems from centuries-old trade connections, giving rise to this distinctive style that also suits the local climate. While Olhão may not boast prominent landmarks, its harbour exudes a lively atmosphere, perfect for soaking in the coastal vibe.

Stroll along Avenida da República towards the sea to admire architectural highlights like the parish church, built by fishermen in the 17th century, offering stunning views from its tower. Nearby, the chapel of Nossa Senhora adds to the town's historic charm, where wives once prayed for the safe return of their loved ones.

Explore the pedestrian zone leading to the bustling covered fish markets and the picturesque promenade, where you can immerse yourself in Olhão's maritime heritage. Enjoy the blend of cultural influences and coastal beauty that makes Olhão a delightful destination in the Algarve.

Olhão Town

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Olhão Market

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Discover the vibrant market of Olhão, a bustling hub of activity located in the heart of the town. This lively market is a must-visit for any traveller looking to immerse themselves in the local culture and experience the authentic flavours of the region.

Step into the colourful maze of stalls and be greeted by the sights, sounds, and smells of fresh produce, seafood, and traditional crafts. From locally caught fish and seafood to aromatic spices and handcrafted pottery, the market offers a treasure trove of goods to explore.

As you wander through the market, be sure to sample some of the delicious local delicacies, such as freshly baked pastries, sweet fruits, and savoury snacks. Engage with friendly vendors, who are always eager to share their knowledge and recommendations.

The market is not just a place to shop, but also a vibrant social hub where locals gather to catch up with friends and neighbours. Take a leisurely stroll through the bustling aisles, soak in the lively atmosphere, and experience the true essence of the Algarve.

Av. 5 de Outubro, 8700-412 Olhão, Portugal. | 37° 01' 24.6" N | 07° 50' 27.6" W
+351 282 760 993 | lucasrooftop@gmail.com | Website


The Ria Formosa Natural Park is a long natural feature that runs 60kms along the Algarve coastline from the town of Ancão west of Faro to Tavira. This protected landscape consists of five barrier islands (Culatra Island, Barreta Island, Island of Armona, Island of Tavira and Cabanas Island) and two peninsulas (Peninsula of Ancao and Peninsula of Cacela). This coastal habitat has an area of roughly 170 km² and is comprised of lagoons, mudflats, salt marshes and golden beaches. The Ria Formosa reserve is a sanctuary for migrating birds and thriving flora and fauna. It's considered one of the seven wonders of Portugal, and rightly so. It remains undeveloped by humans and visited by those who wish to experience its tranquil beauty away from the crowded beaches. Activities available on the Ria included walking/hiking, bird watching, boat trips, scuba diving. paddle boarding, kayaking and cycling. [ More About ► ]

3-Hour Boat Tour in Ria Formosa on Olhão Algarve

3-Hour Boat Tour in Ria Formosa

From Olhão
Launch on an unforgettable adventure on the Ria Formosa Boat Tour from Olhão Algarve. Glide through the serene waters of Ria Formosa Natural Park while your experienced skipper shares fascinating insights about the area's rich biodiversity and fishing traditions. Enjoy leisurely stops at Culatra Island, a charming fishing village, and Ilha Do Farol, home to a majestic lighthouse. Take advantage of ample time for swimming and strolling along pristine white-sand beaches. With a duration of two hours and all-inclusive, this tour promises an immersive exploration of Algarve's stunning coastal treasures.

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Ria Formosa - Boat trip to the 3 Islands: Armona | Culatra Island | Faro

3 Island Boat trip: Armona, Culatra & Farol

From Olhão
Venture on an unforgettable journey through the stunning Ria Formosa Natural Park on our small-group boat tour from Olhão. With experienced crew members ensuring your safety and comfort, relax in shaded areas aboard our vessel, accommodating a maximum of 10/11 passengers. Learn about the local landscapes, wildlife, and customs from our knowledgeable captain, who provides insightful commentary throughout the tour. Explore picturesque islands like Ilha Do Farol and Culatra, with interpretive stops allowing for various activities. Discover the beauty of Ria Formosa while staying out of the sun and enjoying an informative and enjoyable excursion.

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Ria Formosa Natural Park Birdwatching Segway Tour from Faro

1.5 Hour Segway Tour

From Faro
Experience nature up close and personal on a Segway, during this 1.5-hour birdwatching tour in Ria Formosa Natural Park, departing from Faro. During this tour, explore Ria Formosa Natural Park and spot native and migratory birds feeding in freshwater lagoons, tidal flats and other ecosystems. Catch glimpses of flamingos, the rare purple swamphen, and other bird species as you learn about their natural habitat from your expert guide.

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The Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Rosário is a magnificent Baroque church steeped in history and located in the heart of Olhão. Built between 1698 and 1715 with contributions from local fishermen, this stunning architectural masterpiece is a testament to the town's rich maritime heritage.

As you approach the church, you'll be greeted by its majestic façade adorned with intricate Baroque details, including scrolls, angels, and a central shield. Step inside to discover a spacious interior featuring a cradle vault ceiling adorned with beautiful frescoes. The main highlight of the chancel is the carved and gilded altarpiece, dating back to the 18th century, dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary.

Explore the side altars, adorned with exquisite carved altarpieces, and marvel at the collection of statues depicting scenes from the Bible, including the Crucifixion and the Holy Apostle. Don't miss the opportunity to admire the church's holy treasure, which includes vestments, jewellery, and a remarkable collection of 17th and 18th-century artefacts.

At the back of the church, you'll find the chapel of Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos, dedicated to Our Lady of the Afflicted, a patron saint revered by those connected with the sea.

1 Praça da Restauração, 8700-350 Olhão, Portugal. | 37° 01' 34.5" N | 07° 50' 27.4" W
+351 289 705 117

Igreja Matrix de Nossa do Rosário

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Municipal museum of Olhão

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The Municipal Museum of Olhão is a hidden gem located within the historic Casa do Compromisso Marítimo building, dating back to the 18th century. Situated across from the Our Lady of the Rosary Church, this charming museum offers visitors a glimpse into the rich history of Olhão.

Step inside and explore the small yet fascinating exhibition of archaeological artefacts and historical information about the vibrant fishing town of Olhão. While the displays are primarily in Portuguese, the captivating exhibits are sure to pique your curiosity and spark your imagination.

Marvel at ancient relics and items that shed light on the town's maritime heritage, from intricate pottery to centuries-old fishing tools. Learn about the lives of local fishermen and the evolution of Olhão through the ages. Best of all, admission to the museum is free, making it the perfect budget-friendly activity for visitors of all ages. So come on in and discover the captivating history of Olhão at the Municipal Museum.

Praça da Restauração, 8700-548 Olhão, Portugal. | 37° 01' 34.2" N | 07° 50' 27.7" W
+351 289 700 103 | museu@cm-olhao.pt

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OlhãOmirante Guesthouse

OlhãOmirante Guesthouse

Discover OlhãOmirante Guesthouse, located in Olhão, offering serene street views and complimentary WiFi. Just 19 km from the Island of Tavira and 10 km from the Carmo Church & Bones Chapel, our property provides easy access to nearby attractions. Guests can explore destinations like the Cathedral of Faro, Desert Island, and Aquashow Water Park, all within a short distance. Featuring family rooms and a charming picnic area, our guesthouse ensures a comfortable stay. Select units feature a terrace or balcony with city views, while others offer indulgent amenities like chocolates or cookies. With Pego do Inferno Waterfall just 26 km away and Faro Airport nearby, OlhãOmirante Guesthouse is your perfect retreat in the Algarve.

26 Rua Capitao Joao Carlos de Mendonca, 8700-350 Olhão, Portugal. | 37° 01' 34.1" N | 07° 50' 27.7" W

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Green House - Pool on Rooftop

Green House - Pool on Rooftop

Discover Green House - Pool on Rooftop, a stylish accommodation in Olhão with a terrace and balcony. Enjoy a year-round outdoor pool and free WiFi throughout the property. This non-smoking apartment boasts a public bath and spacious interiors, including 2 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, and a fully equipped kitchen. With a private entrance and garden, guests can unwind in comfort. Explore nearby attractions like the Island of Tavira and Carmo Church & Bones Chapel, both just a short distance away. Conveniently located near Faro Airport, Green House is your perfect retreat in the Algarve.

Olhão rua jose maria padua, bloco 8, acesso 2, apartamento A, 8700-278 Olhão, Portugal.
37° 01' 32.1" N | 07° 51' 04.5" W

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Zenit Luxury Marina Village Appartement

Zenit Luxury Marina Village Appartement

Indulge in luxury at Zenit Luxury Marina Village Apartment, just 10 km from Carmo Church & Bones Chapel in Olhão. This spacious 2-bedroom apartment offers stunning lake and pool views, along with access to free bikes, a bar, and complimentary shuttle service. Enjoy the convenience of free WiFi, private parking, and an electric vehicle charging station. Unwind on the terrace with sea views or take advantage of yoga and fitness classes. With hiking, cycling, and walking tours nearby, adventure awaits in this allergy-free, non-smoking haven.

Rozaleen Heyek Medeirosi Rua 31 de Janeiro , 23, 8700-521 Olhão, Portugal.
37° 01' 29.4" N | 07° 50' 35.9" W

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Arraúl Gastro Bar

Arraúl Gastro Bar

Experience exceptional dining at this hidden gem in Olhão. The cuisine is top-notch, complemented by an impressive selection of wines. The staff is incredibly friendly, and the owner's expertise adds to the delightful dining experience. Don't miss the Couvert, especially the irresistible carrot paté. Dishes like fried seabream, monkfish Pica-Pau, and burrata cheese with Tomato are perfect for sharing, although you might want to keep the carrot pate to yourself! Situated in a quiet location, the terrace provides a peaceful setting for lunch. The menu offers beautifully presented tapas, mains, and desserts like cheesecake and pavlova. The wine selection is excellent too. A must-visit for a memorable meal in Olhão, with attentive and courteous, English-speaking staff ensuring a delightful experience.

Tuesday – Saturday: 12h30 – 15h00/18h00 – 22h30, Sunday: 12h30 – 16h00, Monday: CLOSED | Largo João da Carma n24, Olhao 8700-346 Portugal.
37° 01' 27.4" N | 07° 50' 36.5" W
+351 289 714 298 | reservasgastrobar24@gmail.com

Mare Shrimp & Stuff

Maré Shrimp & Stuff

The service at this restaurant is exceptional, with attentive staff ensuring a great dining experience. The food is outstanding, offering unique and delightful flavours. While the prices are mid-range, the quality justifies it. The shrimp lasagna is a standout dish, both in size and taste, while the sea bass cannelloni with almonds is simply amazing. The waiters are enthusiastic to help you with your food choices. Each dish is expertly crafted to maximise flavour. For a satisfying meal that lifts the spirits, this restaurant is a must-visit, leaving diners content and happy.

Monday – Saturday: 18h30 – 00h00, Sunday: Sunday
Rua Doutor Jose Barbosa Travessa PSP/ Terra i mar, Olhao 8700-511 Portugal. | 37° 01' 25.7" N | 07° 50' 37.6" W
+351 912 578 199 | Stephaniecalicobento@gmail.com

Ti Maria Panorâmico

Ti Maria Panorâmico

This restaurant boasts a stylish and welcoming ambience, setting it apart from traditional Portuguese eateries. The menu offers a delightful departure from the norm, with standout dishes like Tuna Tartar, Octopus Tempura, and Peixe Rei. Tapas options are both delicious and reasonably priced, with a fresh and delightful couvert featuring baked bread, olives, and truffle butter. Outstanding attentive service goes a long way to enhancing the dining experience. Despite being slightly off the beaten path, the restaurant offers a charming setting overlooking the picturesque Ria Formosa. Overall, it's a lovely spot with a relaxed atmosphere that's well worth a visit, promising a delightful culinary experience with excellent service and atmosphere.

Monday – Saturday: 12h00 – 00ho0, Sunday: CLOSED
Rua da Cegonha 26, Fuseta, Olhao 8700-061 Portugal. | 37° 03' 05.9" N | 07° 45' 13.5" W
+351 289 791 515

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Head east from Faro on the N125-10 and N125.
Latitude - 37º 01" 44.5' | Longitude - 07º 50" 37.9'


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Regional train services (comboios regionais) run service to Olhão from Lagos in the west to Vila Real de Santo António on Portugal's eastern border:
• Lagos - Vila Real de Santo António line: Timetable | Website

• Eva Transportes run services across the Algarve linking the main resorts and towns, as well as a hostess service to Lisbon. Also worth considering are their tourist passes if you're planing to visit different places: Website
• Rede Expressos operates countrywide services: Website