The Top 6 Things To See And Do In And Around Olhao
by Lara McComish | Updated 26 June 2019 | Posted in Family Holidays, Portugal, General
Olhao is a fishing port turned seaside town dotted along the Algarve coastline. Its thriving harbour and charming twisty streets offer everything you could want from an Algarve holiday near the beach. Sam from CocoTravels used Villa Amarelo as a base to find the best things to do in Olhao and the surrounding area.
1. Visit Ilha da Armona
This white sand island is best for escaping the crowds.
Yesterday we found paradise! This beautiful deserted beach was on the island of Armona, just off the coast of Olhao and was absolutely dreamy!
If you walk through the island you’ll pass lots of pretty painted houses and chalets and arrive at the most beautiful beach ever. It’s all white sand and blue-green sea and it was pretty much deserted when we visited.
2. Explore the waterfront
Olhao fishing port is the largest in the Algarve.
3. Dine at the local restaurants
This part of the Algarve is big on seafood. As you'd expect, there are loads near the harbour, in addition, to those in the winding streets.
There were a couple of restaurants within walking distance of our villa and these were quite typically Portuguese rather than touristy, which I love. A meal with drinks for four of us set us back around €60 and had couvert (olives, bread and sardine paste) and clams for starters.
4. Go bird watching
The Algarve is becoming more and more popular with birders. You'll spot plenty of remarkable birds at nearby Parque Natural da Ria Formosa.
5. Hire a car
There are some scenic drives in this off-the-beaten-track destination. Plus, a must-know for those who can't drive.
I drove for the first time in Portugal on this trip and found it quite simple.
The Algarve also has Uber! We made use of it when we visited Olhao and it was around six euros each way from our villa.
6. Have a BBQ
Many of our villas in Algarve come with barbecues. Sam certainly got plenty of use out of the one in Villa Amarelo.
There was also a BBQ (which we made plenty of use of!)... we usually have at least two during a week's holiday.
Check out the bbq in action in Sam's vlog of the trip: