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Olhão

Olhão (pronounced ol-yowng) is the Algarve’s biggest fishing port, with an active waterfront and pretty, bustling lanes in its old quarters. There aren’t many sights, but the flat-roofed, Moorish-influenced neighbourhoods and North African feel make it a charming place to wander. The town’s fish restaurants draw the crowds, as does the morning fish and vegetable market, best visited on Saturday.

Olhão is also a springboard for Parque Natural da Ria Formosa’s sandy islands, Culatra and Armona, and the park’s environmental centre at Quinta de Marim.

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Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Olhão.

Top experiences

Whether it’s a guided tour of a historic landmark, private tasting of local delicacies, or an off-road adventure — explore the best experiences in Olhão.