Olhao, Eastern Algarve. Portugal
One of the largest towns East of Faro, Olhao is home is around 45,000 inhabitants. Making it a much more animated place than some of the more touristic towns along the Algarve coast line. Heavily influenced by the fishing industry there is a large marina, which does also house some pleasure boats as well as fishing vessels.
The large appeal in Olhao for tourists is the front line, which stretchs around 4kms along the water front. Lined with various restaurants and shops, as well as the exceptional fish market, children’s parks and coffee shops.
The area is also well known for its various parades and festivals where the front line is closed to traffic and turns into effectively a large part along the river front.
Surrounded by the Ria Formosa nature reserve that strictly limits building in this area it’s a ecological zone that draws many visitors.