To discover the hidden charm of Olhão, it is necessary to climb the tower of the main church, the highest point. Then the secret is revealed in the hundreds of houses with the roof replaced by a terrace: the typical Algarvian roof terrace. Creating a unique panorama of streets that resemble a multitude of cubes scattered over a flat horizon, coming together and overlapping in multiple perspectives.
Walk through the fishermen's quarter, located between the Ria Formosa pier and the heart of the city defined by the Igreja Matriz, where the picturesque small white houses with parapets decorated with geometric motifs still remain. The streets that flank Avenida da República, a symbol of urbanism at the beginning of the century, show the city of industrialists and seafarers enriched by preserves and commerce.
A visit to Olhão must end on the long pier, refreshed by gardens and terraces. But first, be sure to enter the colorful environment of the Market, where fresh fish from the sea, fresh vegetables or sweet fruit from the Algarve interior are sold.
If you still have time, regular connections to the islands of Armona and Culatra make it possible to take a pleasant walk along the Ria to discover its beautiful beaches.