One of the hidden delights of Olhão is that there is always something unusual, unexpected or simply lovely to discover.

On every visit we find something new to explore, visit or place to eat! Here are just a few photographs from the streets of Olhão, things we pass everyday or have found unexpectedly.

 

I think it is well worth spending a hour exploring the little side streets, and then when you are finished finding a cafe to stop have a Cha Verde (green tea!) and watching the world go by.

 

The ‘cubes’ of Olhão really do give a special feel to the town, and even the graffiti adds something.  In fact in places the graffiti is incredible, I’ve not really captured it here so pop across to Restless Jo’s blog who has taken some amazing photographs of the street art.

Graffiti

Disused abattoir behind the Real Marina Hotel, now houses a dance studio

Mackerel grilling in Olhao

Grilled Fish Portugeuse Style

European White Stock and Olhão graffit on the waste ground behind the Real Marina Hotel & Spa, Algarve

European White Stork & the inevitable graffiti

If you prefer to have a little bit of structure to your explorations, there is now a short but lovely trail through the back streets called Caminho das Lendas, the legends way.  You can’t miss it as there are sculptures throughout its length.  More details on the trail can be found in the square opposite the markets.  It is well worth doing as at each sculpture there is board sharing the fascinating legends of Olhão, many of which date back to when the Moors ruled the Algarve.

Olhao Sculpture

Lenda da Floripes 

We tend to do little sections of the trail every time we walk back from the wonderful Vai e Volta or are mooching around town.  If you are an armchair visitor reading this blog and want to know more about the trail then I have found a slide show of the trail click here or if you prefer read this Spanish blog post which describes the walk.

Drying fish in Olhao

Drying the dogfish

It is not just the back streets which are worth exploring.  There is of course the harbour area, the lovely promenade and Jardim Pescador do Olhanense on the water front, and if you keep going at the end of the promenade there are the salt pans.

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