Things to Do in Olhão

Are you looking for what to do in Olhão? Well, this city has lots in store for visitors! From beaches, to natural parks, walks and more, you won’t find yourself stuck for something to do during your stay in the area. Here are some of our top picks for things to do in Olhão.

Ilha da Culatra (Culatra Island)

This island just off the coast of Olhão is a beautiful location for a day trip. You can catch the ferry from Olhão and spend the day walking along the sandy beaches while taking in the views, maybe even stopping for some lunch. It’s ideal if you’re wanting a more quiet and relaxed beach day!


Mercado de Olhão

Mercado de Olhão is a lovely local market selling fresh fish, fruit, vegetables and groceries. Even if you’re not looking to buy anything, it’s a great place to experience the local culture and see how people of the city get their locally sourced foods. You could have a bite to eat at a cafe, or take some fresh fruit home to enjoy on your Algarve stay.


Ria Formosa Natural Park

The Ria Formosa Natural Park (Parque Natural da Ria Formosa) is a collection of lagoons and marshes along 60km of the coast. Formed by part of the islands of Ilha da Cultura and Ilha da Armona, it’s home to a range of wildlife, including birds and fish.

However you want to experience the natural beauty of Ria Formosa is entirely up to you. You could take a boat to the islands and walk around yourself, or book a birdwatching tour. 


Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Rosário

This building is Olhão’s main church. Opened in 1715 as a place of worship, it features spectacular golden decoration on the inside, with a heavenly white exterior. It’s free to enter and is open throughout the week except for Mondays. You’re also able to climb the tower and gain a magnificent view of the city for just €1.


Atelier Zea

Atelier Zea is a small boutique art gallery that includes paintings relating to Algarvian lifestyle and houses. If you’re on the hunt for something to take back home, then some of these pieces of art would look fantastic in anyone’s home. 


Cerro De Sao Miguel

Cerro De Sao Miguel is a hill that offers rewarding views of the landscape at the summit. It’s not too much of a challenge, and once you reach the top you’ll be glad to have come. With 360° views of the area, you can see everything from the countryside to the city and all its beaches!


Book your luxury Algarve getaway today

Now you know what to do in Olhão there’s only one more question. Where to stay in Olhão? Well that’s where we can help! We have a selection of luxurious villas across the Algarve close to all the local amenities.

Suitable for couples, families or larger groups, our range of properties are amongst the finest in the Algarve. We also have a luxury concierge service for those that want to holiday in style. 

For further information, why not contact us today to discuss the options available to you? We’ll ensure your Algarve stay is one you’ll never forget!

The coast of Olhao