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Hidden in Olhão da Restauração

There's always something new to discover

On our final weekend we had to find a restaurant in Olhão we’d never been to before, and so a few days before we decided to double-check where it was. On our exploratory adventure we discovered this rather lovely entrance to a building near the harbour.What an entrance

Not sure if the gate will still be there when we return in the winter as Olhão is experiencing an upsurge in new buildings and renovation projects. Much of the change is for the positive but a little bit of me hopes that not everything is renovated or replaced. Having said that I’d be delighted if the gate was restored! The detailing is quite extraordinary and it wouldn’t take much to bring it to its former glory.

There is a name above the entrance way – Villa Majuca – unfortunately I have been unable to discover anything more than its name. I am guessing it was once a home but it could have been a commercial building given its location. And I am wondering if those are the initials of the original owners in the arch ironwork.

Whatever Villa Majuca’s past I thought it perfect for a short post and also Thursday Doors. If you have not heard of Thursday Doors it is a wonderful weekly feature run by Norm; where he invites us all to admire and share our favourite door (or gate!!) photographs from around the world.

20 comments on “Hidden in Olhão da Restauração

  1. That’s beautiful and I’m horrified that it could disappear. Scanning the other comments I gather that’s par for the course – but don’t visitors want to see character rather than soulless modernity? Seems short sighted.

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    • I think they do . . .but not sure the council really understand that. The character is what makes this town and is why so many people go there. So hope it doesn’t end up looking like all the ones in the west but . . . . . . .:-(

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  2. I really hope it’s restored, it’s lovely in decay and would be splendid with a little care.

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  3. Such a beautiful gate! And the weatheredness give is a romantic edge:) Thanks for showing this one.

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  4. I have heard so many good things about Portugal, I look forward to visiting soon. Your doors are lovely.

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  5. Oh yes, that’s just wonderful! 🙂 I, too, hope it will be restored or at least, saved.

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  6. This door is lovely, Becky, and I would vote for restoration. How could anyone look at that and believe it needs to be replaced? I’m all for modernization, but this world also needs character and this door/gate has that and then some.

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    • I so so agree with you . . . unfortunately though at the moment in Olhao the commercial developers don’t care about history or want any character in their developments. I’m keeping my fingers crossed a ‘foreigner’ will buy this gate and the property as they are the ones who do seem to cherish the character of this town.

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  7. I suspect that you are right and that this beautiful old house will be torn down like the one in Gremio square was a few months ago along with council lies that ‘the facade will be preserved.’

    The pressure is o in Olhao for more tourist bed space and removing viable and historic buildings is the (invariably) Portuguese developer’s way of making money. This is unbelievably short-sighted. Foreigners (often) have taken old properties and turned them into wonderful, interesting paces, as have some enlightened Portuguese like the recently opened AL property opposite the railway station.

    Casa Fuseta was due for demolition by the owning bank, a developer wanted to build another apartment block, until bought by a British couple who have spend millions turning it into a palace of delight, taste and revenue. There are many other examples.

    The council still condones appalling acts of vandalism (Gremio being one classic example) and has failed to address its crucial ‘historic centre’ opportunity, intent on digging up more calçada streets and putting in further ‘space age’ halogen lighting that continues to blind night-time walkers as they negotiate the cracked and chewing-gum soiled pavements.

    So, the Vila you spotted will not last, it it way outside the historic area, it has a high rise in front of it and is not protected at all by any legislation. An beautiful old warehosue 200 metres away has just been demolished by Continente when it cold have at least saved one small section of wall to remind people of Olhai’s fish-packing heritage.

    What appalls foreigners is normal for many Portuguese locals who have lost the will to object and are all for a quiet life albeit one ruled by morons.

    Even the local chattering classes have acknowledged that the foreigners here are a feisty lot when it comes to historic areas and their buildings – and we will continue to object to the mayor’s more idiotic projects (remember Pina’s short-lived Erection…?)

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    • Can’t like this as it is far too accurate reflection of what is happening in Olhão I agree though with every single word.

      They seem to anxious to be exactly like the tourist towns in the west, but as you say what makes Olhão so special and so popular is the fact it isn’t. We are really not sure if we are going to spend our next winter sojourn in Olhão, think we might head up into the hills.

      Couldn’t believe it when that warehouse disappeared overnight . . .and the fact they are replacing it with a modern structure is even worst. Agree with you about the wall idea.

      Thank goodness for yourself, and people like Tara and Jonathan of Casa Fuzetta

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  8. That lead photo is lovely, Becky. I love hidden gems. Hope it hangs on. 🙂 🙂
    Which restaurant did you go to and was it a good one? (just doing my research for the future 🙂 ) Happy Thursday!

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    • Thank you Jo and so do I.
      We were there for a really large party so no menu choice which makes it difficult to know if to recommend or not. However what we had was delicious and it is somewhere only locals would find! So maybe you should investigate 😀 Called Restaurante Bom D+
      Very near railway station – here’s a map
      https://goo.gl/maps/2zVYEwKqzyo

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