The city of Olhão lies 8km east of Faro and is the largest port in the Algarve. It houses some of the region's most enchanting sceneries and some of the best beaches in Europe. The present settlement was established in the 19th century by fishermen who settled here, living at the time in huts of straw. The city itself is a mixture of sceneries and sounds that show a life centered on the sea.
The abundance of seafood in the area, together with the talent to turn them into absolutely delicious dishes, has earned Olhão the reputation of the gastronomic capital of the Algarve. There is a Seafood Festival held in August, a party you can't miss, it lasts for 6 days with lots of food, music, and dancing.
Just a short boat ride away you can find the natural treasures of Olhão: the magnificent Ria Formosa Reserve and the long, unspoilt beaches of the islands Culatra and Armona. The most prominent building of the old town is the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, in a baroque style of the 17th century. The Market, can be found in the riverside area as well as the beautiful Olhanense Fisherman's and Joaquim Lopes gardens.
Olhão is a great surprise for those who visit and intend to live in this city because you will surely enjoy moments of peace and tranquility which are unforgettable.