"Olhão - largest fishing port in the Algarve" Olhão by Willettsworld
Olhão Travel Guide: 27 reviews and 140 photos
Located inbetween Faro and Tavira, Olhão is the largest fishing port in the Algarve. It is full of character with Moorish-style houses, an influence from the commercial links with Africa. Although Olhão only really became a town of note in the 19th century, it was first mentioned in 1378. At this time it would have been a very small fishing settlement of a handful of people, living in huts made of wood, reeds and straw on the beach. By 1679 it was important enough to need the building of the fortress of São Lorenço to defend it from pirates.
The town has a few interesting places to visit such as the two market buildings built side-by-side along the waterfront; the Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário in the centre of the town that was built in 1698 with contributions from the fishermen when it was the first stone building in Olhão; and, opposite the church, a small museum. I came here on my way to Tavira one morning and stopped for an hour or so to have a walk around.
While you’re in the area of the town’s main church, there is another church at the back of the museum - the chapel of... more travel advice
At the centre of the town at the end of Avenida da República, in the Praça da Restauração, is the church of Nossa... more travel advice
Written Dec 11, 2010
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Written Dec 11, 2010
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