White houses in Olhão
At the heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Park, Olhão is a fishing town with white houses reminiscent of North Africa.
The town's history has always been linked to fishing.
Even today, everything revolves around this activity.
Every day when the boats come back, the water's edge becomes a picturesque hive of sounds, colours and odours.
And then, there are the islands in the lagoon, accessibly by boat, which have lovely quiet beaches.
Despite the influx of tourists, Olhão remains an authentic, pleasant town.
As for the Olhão property market, it is very affordable and varied, with lots of land for sale, apartments, including some with lagoon view, traditional houses and, for the more affluent, lovely villas near Olhão but away from the action.