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The town of Olhão is essentially and historically linked to the local fishing industry and only grew into existence as a significant location in the 17th Century. It has about 30,000 inhabitants and was raised to the status of a town in 1808 on the 16th of June when they revolted against the French occupying army. Then 17 local fishermen successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean without charts in their small fishing boat “Bom Sucesso”. Their purpose was to announce to the exiled King of Portugal, Dom João IV, that the French invading armies had been defeated and had returned to France leaving Portugal free for their King to return. It was in this town in 1882 that the first canning factory for tuna and sardines was established. Very soon canning factories spread along the coast and it became the leading industry of the Algarve.

  • Last visit to Olhão: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated Sep 18, 2005
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  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2005 at 11:35 AM

    but I visited here *..* and we ent up the Church Tower overlooking an old moorish Town. and yes, the fish dishes where great. lovely intro pic

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2005 at 3:56 PM

    Grim fish photo! lol. I dont think we visited here, looks a lovely little page. Impressed variety of fruit & veg. (~_~)

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