Monday, 20 November 2017

Chronicles from Algarve | My 5 Top Things to do in Olhão





The Algarve is one of the most visited regions of Portugal and preferred both by Portuguese and foreign visitors for a relaxed vacation by the sea. Worm and sunny weather, great food and friendly people, all contribute to a pleasant stay.

I've been there this weekend and all that is true, even in the middle of November. I've visited Olhão, a small town really close to Faro, and loved it. For my Portuguese readers, its a perfect place for a weekend stay and for anyone planning a future visit to Algarve, should be considered as, at least, a day trip.

For future reference, I'll be sharing with you some of my favorite things to do in Olhão.


VISIT THE LOCAL MARKETS




The markets (Mercados de Olhão) are open daily, except on Sundays, but the best day is Saturday, when a farmers Market takes place on the grounds surrounding the Municipal Market. There you can find the fresh fish caught during the night, meat, fruit, vegetables, and flowers.



CHECK THE ARCHITECTURE





Old town Olhão is known as Vila Cubista for its sharp lines, terraces, towers, and viewpoints. The buildings, dated from the 18th century, resemble overlaid cubes in a peculiar architecture that the narrow streets accentuate. Walk around the Barreta neighborhood (next to the Markets) and check the Moorish inspired buildings. If you are lucky to be invited to a terrace with a view to the rooftops its even better.


GO ON A BOAT TOUR TO RIA FORMOSA




Ria Formosa is a natural reserve and a spectacular place to visit. There are several boat tours for you to choose, according to your interests. You can prefer to visit the islands that are a natural barrier between the sea and the Ria, or you can choose to go fishing or to enjoy some bird watching activities.


CHECK THE STREET ART 





From the Ria, Olhão looks almost totally white, but when you start walking around its narrow streets, all sorts of color start to pop up, including amazing murals made by urban artists.


CHECK THE DOORS AND WINDOWS




The doors and windows in the old part of the city are colorful and full of details, so if you have a crush on this kind of features (I do!) just have to keep your eyes open and you'll be certain to stop almost every step of the way.









1 comment:

  1. Love the neat lines of the houses in the pics of Vila Cubista. The doors look so much like the old ones we used to have in my grandparents time. Must visit Olhão one day.

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