Welcome to Olhão


Olhão is also a springboard for Parque Natural da Ria Formosa’s sandy islands, Culatra and Armona, plus the park’s environmental centre at Quinta de Marim. For fans of Portuguese football, until recently this small town had the Algarve's only Primeira Liga team – Olhanense.


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$41.70 Day Trips & Excursions

Almancil, Faro, Olhao, Tavira: East Algarve Full-Day Tour

Start your day trip to the East Algarve with a hotel pickup, and then travel by air-conditioned coach to the pretty town of Almancil, roughly 8 miles (13km) northwest of Faro. Head inside the town’s crowning glory, the beautiful Church of St Lourenço (Igreja de São Lourenço de Matos), and marvel at its stunning blue-and-white wall tiles while exploring. The tiles depict the story of St Lourenço who used money from the Catholic Church to pay for the poor until he was caught by the Romans.Continue to Faro, the Algarve’s capital, for a walking tour of its elegant Old Town. Amble around the charming cobblestone streets and see the Arc da Vila, a monument that was commissioned to mark the entrance to the Old Town after a devastating earthquake in 1755. After exploring the streets, enjoy some free time to sightsee independently or shop for souvenirs to take home.Meet back up with your guide and travel to the nearby town of Olhão with its bustling fishing port and Moorish-esque neighborhoods and cube-shaped houses. Stretch your legs on a walk around with your guide, and then take a break for lunch at your own expense; your guide will have plenty of restaurant recommendations if you need them.Your last stop of the day is the beautiful city of Tavira, a town often called the 'Venice of the Algarve' after its location that straddles the River Gilão. Steeped in history, Tavira is home to Roman bridges, Renaissance churches and historical monuments aplenty, but it’s Tavira Castle — a structure thought to date to Neolithic days — that is the town’s most intriguing sight. Pay your entrance fee and then head inside the site to explore the castle's ramparts and ruins.Leave Tavira in the late afternoon and travel back to your Algarve hotel where your day trip finishes.

$57.91 Walking & Biking Tours

Bike Tour in Ria Formosa Natural Park

The tour throughout Ria Formosa or along the Algarve Costal Ecovia is the right tour for those who love cycle tourism and nature. Ria Formosa's spreads itself through the councils of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António, and around 18.400 ha along 60 km, from Rio Ancão to Manta Rota Beach. Ria Formosa is considered as one of the most beautiful areas in the Algarve and was granted the qualification of Natural Park, being, therefore, a protected area. Get ready to pedal in these trails full of ecosystems and biodiversity and relax during this pleasant tour.

$1082.99 Multi-day & Extended Tours

ALGARVE COAST - SELF GUIDED - Bike Holidays (7 Days) Sagres - VRSA

Make your vacation memorable! Discover. Explore. Experience. Start your holiday in Sagres, the town further south-west of continental Europe. Next stop... Lagos, cosmopolitan and oldest city in the Algarve. We passed Portimão, Carvoeiro, Albufeira, Vilamoura and Quinta do Lago, very sought after locations in the summer for a relaxing holiday. Here, we enter the so famous natural park of Ria Formosa! Ria Formosa spreads itself through the councils of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António, and Comprise around 18,400 ha along 60 km, from Rio Ancão to Manta Rota Beach. Ria Formosa is Considered the one of the most beautiful areas in the Algarve and was Granted the qualification of natural park, being, Therefore, the protected area. In Vila Real de Santo António, contemplate the city Spanish, Ayamonte, on the other side of the Guadiana river. What's included: Transfer Faro - Sagres 6 Accommodations of 3 and 4 stars 6 Breakfast Luggage transfer hotel to hotel 1 GPS Device 1 GPS Tracks 1 Travel brochure with relevant info Transfer VRSA - Faro EXTRA: E-Bike: 210€ l Trekking bike: 140€

$46.33 Outdoor Activities

From Faro: Family Boat Trip in Ria Formosa Natural Park - 1 Hour

Enjoy a family trip in the Ria Formosa Natural Park for 1 hour. We cross the canals of the Ria Formosa where you can observe the Nature and some Birds: Storks / Spoonbills / Seagulls / Flamingos / Egrets / Egrets ..... When the tide is low, we can observe fishermen picking up seafood.The Ria Formosa is a swamp located in the Algarve province, which extends through the municipalities of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António, covering an area of about 18,400 hectares along 60 km of the beach. From Ancão to Manta Rota Beach. And it was considered one of the most beautiful parks in the Algarve, with a great function and a beautiful habitat. It is an area protected by the state of the Natural Park, attributed by Decree-Law No. 373/87 of December 9, 1987.

$63.71 Outdoor Activities

Combi : Jeep & Boat - Full Day

Enjoy this Combi: Jeep & Boat is "Full Day" ride, an excellent opportunity for all nature lovers, birdwatchers and wildlife. We will have access to the fabulous landscape of the Ria Formosa Natural Park in "Quinta do Marim" in Olhão , where you can observe the Nature and some Birds . Then we go to Faro and  we board in a Comfortable Catamara ....we cross the channels of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa  and and we discovered the 2 main Islands: Deserta and Farol, with stops 45 minutes  in each island . (You have  time to swim and take photos)Take the challenge and venture out on a fun day with good company enjoying the cultural and scenic heritage of the Ria Formosa Natural Park.

$34.75 Outdoor Activities

Jeep Tour - Bird watching in Ria Formosa in Quinta do Marim

Come with us, we will guide you in an 8 seat convertible Jeep to the hidden corners of the Ria Formosa Natural Park in Olhão.We start our tour in Faro to the nearest town Olhão, passing through the Municipal Market of this fishing village, the Marina and the fishing port. We continue to Quinta do Marim where you will surely have a unique view of the flora and fauna of the Ria Formosa, as well as its history and culture. You can visit the Marim's tide mill, vestiges of the Roman occupation of the place, all in a restricted space where you can still find the most significant natural components of this protected area, namely dunes, marshes, woods, freshwater ponds and lagoon area .It is an excellent opportunity for all nature lovers, birdwatchers and wildlife.You can observe the Nature and some Birds: Storks / Spoonbills / Seagulls / Flamingos / Egrets / .... When the tide is low, we can observe fishermen picking up seafood.