What to do in Olhão?With origins dating back to the Neolithic period, due to the proximity of the North of Africa, Olhão was a simple fishing village until the XIX century. It becomes a town in 1808. During the Napoleonic invasion, Olhão had a distinguished political intervention in the defense of the coastal territory through its maritime activity that spread to the Mediterranean Sea. The twentieth century brought a significant increase in the fish canning industry of the region, making it an important economic hub. The sea and the fishing activity continue to be the hallmark of the city, the constant motion along the harbor where fishermen keep their daily work. Yearly, attracting thousands of visitors the famous Seafood Festival takes place, in Olhão.
The city tour in Olhão includes a visit to the iconic Municipal Markets, located along the seafront, which reveal the liveliness typical of this city. It is also near the Market that the largest leisure area of Olhão is, with many restaurants, bars and terraces facing the river and gardens situated between the marina and the pier. Here you can enjoy the delicacies of Olhão, we highlight the recipes made ??with fresh seafood and fish.
Within a short distance, you can find the islands that surround the Ria Formosa Natural Park: Fuseta, Culatra, Armona and Farol. The last one is located further to the shore, in a strategic position south, is a reference to the boats arriving from the sea. With clear waters, clean air and long sandy beaches, the barrier islands of Olhão delight the vacationers.
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How to get to Olhão?By Bus »
By Plane »
- Faro International Airport (International and Domestic Flights)
On the road »
- The most used way to reach Olhão are the A2 , A22 ( motorway ) , and N125 ( National Road )
By Train »
- Trains Alfa pendular , Intercity and International Reginonais arrive at the railway station of Olhão.
- CP – Train
How to move in Olhão?
Museums & Monuments
Olhão offers you numerous monuments that await for your visit. Find here some of the most important ones:
- Our Lady of Solitude Chapel
- Historical Center
- Olhão Market
- João Lúcio Chalet
- Museum Parish of Moncarapacho