Olhão

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Olhão

Olhão, is located in the heart of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, and consists of a vast expanse of sand, bordered by hills in the north of about 400 meters high. It was originally inhabited by seafaring people who were attracted to the richness of marine life. The city has the fishing industry as its main source of income, but also has the reputation of a wonderful holiday destination. Olhão has a pleasant boulevard with plenty of restaurants and cafe's, the atmosphere is authentic, we can highly recommend it. The streets behind the boulevard are narrow and have beautifully refurbished, old, mostly cube-shaped houses with flat roofs from the time of the Moors. There is a walking route that leads you along the most beautiful facades and different forms of art.

Fishing today still attracts the attention of everyone who visits Olhao. In the morning it is very busy when the fishing boats return with their catch. The red stone market halls are supplied and there is a lot of activity with a mishmash of sounds, colors and smells.

The complex maze of tributaries of the Ria Formosa, the nature reserve of which Olhao is the capital, has mudflats, sandbanks, salt pans, elongated golden beaches. The diverse flora and fauna have contributed to the timeless charm of this region. 

Olhão serves the tastiest seafood of the entire Algarve and is proud host of the annual Shellfish festival 'Marisco" in August. The Ria Formosa is known as breeding ground for many different types of fish, molluscs and crustaceans. These are all proudly displayed and tasted during the Marisco festival, to be enjoyed to the rhythm of music. 

A visit to Olhão is not complete without a taste of the local, tasty recipes of the fisherman themselves in one of the small restaurants.