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The quaint capital of Ria Formosa

The traditional fisherman town of Olhão (31,000 inhabitants) can be the perfect base if you are looking for a genuine Portuguese town from which to enjoy the beaches and natural wonders of Ria Formosa Natural Park. If you decide to buy a house in Olhão, your life will revolve around a quaint and traditional Portuguese sea side town, where you will be able to take the daily boats to the different islands and beaches of Ria Formosa. And here life is always pleasant and easy going, as you spend wonderful days under the sun in long stretches of beautiful sand. Olhão is as laid back, traditional and family oriented as Tavira, which is the other obvious choice to live nearby Ria Formosa. Some may find that Olhão holds a couple more restaurants and might be a little livelier than Tavira, but, at the end of the day, their offer is quite similar for the family-oriented real estate investor interested in Ria Formosa, who is well advised to visit both towns to make an informed decision.

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If you finally decide to buy a property in Olhão, you will feel blessed as you conduct your daily grocery shopping at the local fish market. This is an unmissable town landmark, where you can find all types of fresh fish from sardines, all the way to tuna. To balance out your shopping, you can also acquire here all types of local vegetables that are brought fresh on a daily basis from all over from the Algarve area. But the best way to enjoy the local delicacies would be during the “Festival do Marisco” (Seafood festival), which takes place every year during the second week of August. You do not wat to miss this opportunity to explore a wide variety of dish fishes locally prepared, such as the Calderaida or the Cataplana. And if you choose to buy your home in Olhão, you will not only be captivated by the natural beauty of this location, but also by its traditional architecture. While you stroll around town, you can gaze upon genuine whitewashed houses while smelling the genuine flavors of Portuguese traditional seafood cuisine emanating from the wide variety of Olhão’s restaurants. You just have to let yourself go and you will certainly feel captivated a calm lifestyle that lets you appreciate nature and the best that the sea has to offer. All of this, with a convenient access just 15 km away from Faro’s international airport. Look no further, come and stay for a few days at Olhão, and we are sure that you will fall in love with this unique little town.

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