Unveil the labyrinth of Olhão, with its geometric cubist buildings inspired by Moroccan architecture, and ramble in the green-blues of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, rich in wildlife.
Olhão is a rare gem and a top place for a relaxing tour. The city centre is charming, faded, and stuffed full of appealing details and interesting corners.
White houses with roof terraces and minarets form a patchwork of layering cubes that earned to Olhão the epithet of “cubist” city. Its beauty attracts artists, writers, and photographers.
Meander gently on the streets where the sun faded the walls, take in the sounds of the city, and feel its scents.
The visit to the city should end on the waterfront avenue near the Ria Formosa, lined with gloriously tile-fronted, 19th-century townhouses, with verandas and wrought-iron work.
The area is refreshed by gardens and buzzes with restaurants and café terraces. The highlight is the colourful atmosphere at the Municipal Market, which fulfils its traditional function by day and is the setting for lively nightlife bars. It’s a delight for the senses.
Now it’s time to discover the astonishing beauty and importance of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, with a visit to the Interpretation Centre, in Marim.
The Ria is a system of lagoons and islands, which enclose a vast area of marshes, salt pans, creeks and dune islands. It’s a home for an array of migrating and nesting birds and many other species.
There’s a tidal mill inside the Park, murmuring as the waters rise and retreat. Another attraction is the water dog’s kennel, an indigenous Portuguese breed, once of great importance in the traditional fishing industry.
Surrounded by the parks’ pine forest, you can find the Chalet João Lúcio, built at the beginning of the XXth century. The local poet’s house is worthy of a visit, to learn why it has such an original composition, charged with symbolism.
This visit to the Ria Formosa Natural Park is an opportunity to discover the wonderful world of the fauna and flora of this part of the Algarve coast. A trip that will surely stay in your memory!
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