Image gallery of Olhão: Old town, points of interest, fishing port, municipal market halls, Ria Formosa, ...
Olhão: Bom Successo
Replica of a historic boat anchored in front of the promenade. In 1808 a revolt against the troops of Napoleon started in Olhao, resulting in the end of the French occupation of the entire Algarve. 17 men from Olhao embarked on the boat Bom Successo to Brazil to inform King Joao VI that the kingdom of Algarve was restored.
Olhão: Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Rosario
The main church of Olhão has been built in the end of he 17th. Century, paid by the local fishermen. Remarkable: the beacon light left of the belfry.
Olhão: Capela Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos
This chapel, especially popular with the fishermen and their families, is situated on the backside of the parish church.
Olhão: Edifício do Compromisso Marítimo
This building, erected in 1771 opposite the main church, is today hosting the municipal museum. It was originally the location of the association of the local fishermen. The name of the buildig reminds to a historical milestone in 1765, when king Joao I granted to the fishermen of Olhao the same rights as Faro.
One of several beautiful art nouveau façades in the centre of Olhao.
Interior of the beautiful pharmacy, "Farmácia Pacheco", in the centre of Olhao
Olhão: Art nouveau façade
This beautyful towhouse facade symbolisese the former prosperity of the city.
Olhão: Market halls
The two modern market halls of Olhão are hosting one of the best markets in the Algarve with a great selection of fresh fish and seafood and other local produce.
Olhão: Taxi boats
These taxi boats commuting between Olhao and the islands of the Ria Formosa are the fastest way to get to the neighbouring islands Ilha da Culatra and Ilha da Armona.
Olhão: Taxi boats tarifs
Price table for the taxi boats departing from the quay at the eastern end of the promenade near the fishing port.
Olhão: Festival do Marisco
This festival, taking place in the Jardim Pescadores Olhanense near the market hall attracts thousands of locals and tourists on 6 nights mid of August. They enjoy an overwhelming selection of seafood prepared in a variety of styles, life music and the peaceful and fascinating ambience of a summer night in the South.
Olhão: Festival do Marisco
Like no other place in the Algarve Olhao's economy and tradition are connected to the sea and its products.
Olhão: Fishing port
The harbor of Olhão was hosting a booming industry of canned fish in the mid of the last Century. From more than 80 companies in 1950 only two survived until today due to the cut-throat competition of the deep-frozen fish.
Ria Formosa: CEAM
Information panel at the entrance to the "Centro de Educação Ambiental de Marim" (Centre of maritime environmental education). The centre, located at the eastern exit of Olhao near the N125, informs about the economical and ecological importance of the unique landscape of the Ria Formosa.
This type of well goes back to Moorish times, when it was used to irrigate the fields. It was driven by a donkey or mule.
The Quay is located at the end of the promenade near the fishing port. This is the place where the ferry boats, excursions and water taxis to the Ria Formosa and its islands embark.
Ria Formosa: Ecotour
A tour by boat across the Ria Formosa, guided by a local biologist, is a fascinating experience to discover the habitat of the lagoon and the islands.
Ilha da Culatra Oyster banks
Oyster banks on the lagoon side shore of the Culatra Island. Fresh oysters from the grill (ostras al vapor) are a local delicacy.
Olhão: Cerro de São Miguel
View from the Ria Formosa to Olhão and the Cerro São Miguel (410 m), the highest elevation in the Serra de Monte Figo.