The market of Olhão - Algarve, Portugal
Olhão and its port in the Algarve are located a few kilometres from Faro, on the edge of the lagoon of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa. It is an authentic fishing village that has beautiful beaches on its islands, the island of Armona and the island of Culatra. Every Saturday morning, the town market square becomes a meeting point for sellers, producers, local farmers and customers.
Every Saturday morning, the town market square becomes a meeting point for sellers, producers, local farmers and customers..
REAL fruits and vegetables!
It is a traditional Portuguese market exploding with the smells and colours of tomatoes, peppers, figs, peaches, coriander, etc
Local fish and seafood
Fishing in the lagoon of Olhão and on the high seas provides the market stalls with a great variety of fresh, high quality products.
In another part of the market, there are the butchery and charcuterie. Here they sell frango (chicken), Alentejo meat (a neighbouring rural region), dried sausages, chorizos and salchichón.
Around the square, there are several cafes and bars where you can have a Portuguese breakfast. Sit on one of the terraces (preferably near flower stalls) and ask for toast with cheese and ham accompanied by a good orange juice. It is the ideal place to watch the vendors set up along the lagoon.
The centre of the city also offers a good example of the traditional Algarve with its narrow streets, its little houses decorated with tiles and its smells of roasted sardines when it is time to eat. To complete your visit to Olhão, there is nothing better than to enjoy some typical dishes of the Algarve such as clams, rice or the seafood cataplana.