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Top Choice Nature Reserve in Olhão

Parque Natural da Ria Formosa

This sizeable system of lagoons and islands stretches for 60km along the Algarve coastline from west of Faro to Cacela Velha. It encloses a vast area of sapal (marsh), salinas (salt pans), creeks and dune islands. T…
Nature Reserve in Olhão

Quinta de Marim

Three kilometres east of Olhão is the beautiful 60-hectare Centro Educação Ambiental de Marim (commonly known as Quinta de Marim). A 3km trail takes you through various ecosystems – dunes, salt marshes, pine woodlan…
Portuguese in Olhão

Tasca o Galo

In a converted merchant's store in an alley just back from the seafront, this tiny 22-seat affair serves a brief menu of homemade dishes including cataplana (seafood stew) and cuttlefish. Begin with a simple €2 star…
Portuguese in Olhão

Tacho à Mesa

The white, modern interior in this spot set back from the main drag, Avenida da República, plays host to some excellent traditional cooking accompanied by a cordial welcome. With fresh produce purchased twice a day,…
Market in Olhão

Mercados Municipais

By the water, these two noble centenarian red-brick buildings are excellent examples of industrial architecture and house picturesque traditional fruit and fish markets that are worth a look at any time but are espe…
Barbecue in Olhão

Sabores do Churrasco

On offer here is an authentic-as-they-come Brazilian churrasqueira, and an incredible all-you-can-eat carnivorous extravaganza – five kinds of grilled meat or, for an even greater protein injection, 12 kinds in one …
Food & Drink in Olhão

Festival do Marisco

This lively seafood festival features all the great Algarvian oceanic dishes, including caldeirada (fish stew) and cataplana (seafood stew). Bands add to the fun; it's one of southern Portugal's livelier festivals.
Cafe in Olhão

Snack-Bar A Velha

A real slice of historic Portugal, this no-frills bar in the centre of town has a nicotine-stained interior and hosts old men playing dice. It's so authentic you can forgive the gruff welcome. Look for the vintage t…