Holidays in Olhao Harbour

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Olhao Harbour featuring a park

While staying in Olhão you’ll most likely want to visit the nearby islands of Ria Formosa Natural Park, which is accessible by ferry from this harbor.

Life in Olhão centers on the city’s harbor and marina area. Watch as fishing boats pull into dock and unload their catches, many of which will be bound for nearby restaurants. Or, take a boat trip to the fabulous beach-lined barrier islands of Ria Formosa Natural Park.

Olhão is the biggest fishing port on the Algarve and as such, its harbor is a pretty busy place. Find a spot on the waterfront from which to observe the action. Depending on the time of the day, you might see local fishers pulling into port and unloading their nets, or tourists embarking upon or returning from daytrips to the nearby islands of Ria Formosa.

Take a leisurely stroll around the harbor and waterfront promenade and admire the views out across the lagoon. Look for the city’s municipal markets, which are housed in two red-bricked buildings not far from the harbor. Vendors here sell fresh produce as well as fish that has come straight from the harbor itself. The market takes place from early morning until around lunchtime, Monday through to Saturday. Several cafés and restaurants just outside the market serve seafood dishes and promise views of the waterfront.

If you need somewhere to stop and rest your legs, head for the Jardim Pescador Olhanense. This palm-bordered waterfront park is a peaceful spot with several grassy patches where you can lay down and relax.

From the harbor, take a boat trip out to one of the nearby islands. The closest island is Ilha da Armona, a sun-drenched paradise with several stunning golden-sand stretches. Car-free Ilha da Culatra is known for its unspoiled beaches and clear waters ideal for snorkeling.

Alternatively, take a bout tour around the lagoons of Ria Formosa park and try to spot wading bird species such as storks, herons and oystercatchers. Guides will also be able to explain what life is like for the small communities who make their homes within the park.

Olhão Harbour is about a 15-minute walk from Olhão train station. Trains connect Olhão to Faro and Lisbon.

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2136 Cheap Hotels Near Olhao Harbour

Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Av. da República 34, Olhao, Faro
Situated in Olhao, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Olhao Municipal Market. Olhao Harbour and Ilha da Armona Beach are also ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
"A gem of a property with an outstanding and helpful staff. The finest place in Olhao!"

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2021

Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Real Marina Hotel & Spa
Real Marina Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Av. 5 de Outubro, 1, Olhao
This family-friendly Olhao hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Olhao Municipal Market. Olhao Harbour and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (964 reviews)
"Great location on the lovely town of Olhao. Good size bedroom and bathroom. Very nice pool. A few minutes walk to the plentiful restaurants and bars. Excellent value for money. Also very nice breakfast buffet"

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2021

Real Marina Hotel & Spa
Hotel Cidade de Olhão
Hotel Cidade de Olhão
3 out of 5
Rua General Humberto Delgado, 33, Olhao
Located in the heart of Olhao, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Olhao Municipal Market. Olhao Harbour and Ilha da Armona ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (162 reviews)
"Good Place with good facilities and cleaness."

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2021

Hotel Cidade de Olhão
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Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Av. da República 34, Olhao, Faro
The price is AU$81 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Pure Formosa Concept Hotel
Real Marina Hotel & Spa
Real Marina Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Av. 5 de Outubro, 1, Olhao
The price is AU$136 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
Real Marina Hotel & Spa
Hotel Cidade de Olhão
Hotel Cidade de Olhão
3 out of 5
Rua General Humberto Delgado, 33, Olhao
Hotel Cidade de Olhão
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Spacious Three Bedroom Central Apartment Olhão
1 Rua Manuel Tomé Viegas Vaz, Olhao, Faro District
Spacious Three Bedroom Central Apartment Olhão
Pension Bicuar
Pension Bicuar
3 out of 5
Rua Vasco Da Gama, 5, Olhao
Pension Bicuar
Appartment Ondasdomar Cm
Appartment Ondasdomar Cm
3 out of 5
Rua Francisco Menezes, Olhao, Faro District
Appartment Ondasdomar Cm
Real Marina Residence
Real Marina Residence
5 out of 5
Avenida 5 de Outubro 2, Olhao
Real Marina Residence
LUZ BY THE SEA - OLHÃO - Spacious apartment in the center of Olhão
LUZ BY THE SEA - OLHÃO - Spacious apartment in the center of Olhão
R. Francisco Menezes, 6, Olhao, Faro District
LUZ BY THE SEA - OLHÃO - Spacious apartment in the center of Olhão
The lighthouse - With pool and parking.
The lighthouse - With pool and parking.
Rua Manuel Tomé Viegas Vaz, Olhao, Faro District
The lighthouse - With pool and parking.
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