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I've booked flights to Faro for 5 nights next month and have no idea where to stay?

Would prefer to treat ourselves to a bit of luxury B and B, can't abide screaming masses and commercialism. Is Olhao the right choice or is it really too quiet i.e are there any restaurants for evening meal and shops for picnics? Don't want to hire a car but just stay put for some r and r. I've looked at satellite on google but this doesn't show the real character. HELP...

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Olhao is going through something of a rebirth just now. There's a brand new high class residential district under construction near the marina and a massive shopping mall was opened last year on the edge of town - see http://www.riashopping.pt/ing/index.asp

The former quayside and fish market has been transformed into an area of cafes and restaurants. The market does still work but on a smaller scale then before.

There is still a working dock and fishing port, but these are nowhere near as important as they once were, following the near total collapse of the industry some 30 years ago.

Olhao is also the base for the ferries to the outlying islands, where there are no roads, no cars, just few permanent inhabitants and really nice beaches on the seaward side. September is still good enough weather-wise for a visit.

Olhao has good train and bus services to other locations along the eastern Algarve coast, so you can easily pop along to somewhere else for a day out. The local football team (Olhanense) plays in the Portuguese Superliga, so if you are a football fan you might be able to catch a game.

The centre of the old town still has some remaining character, consisting of narrow, winding streets and some distinctive building styles. It's fair to say that some of the town is fairly run-down, but nothing different from just about any large town or city Portugal.

There's a McDonalds if that can be considered to be a mark of civilisation.

A few tourists do make it to Olhao, but because it has no beach (it is separated from the open sea by the islands) it is a far cry from the concrete and glass of Albufeira, Praia da Rocha etc.

You should be able to have a relaxing five days.

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We lived in Olhao for 3months last Sept to December. We love it there. Good retsaurants down on the waterfront such as Churrasquinho Carlos, Sal e Pimenta which is one street back down the lane past the Western Union office is a great Tapas bar. Art Bar on the waterfront (Avenida 5de Outobro) is a nice modern bar with great friendly staff. You have Lidl, Pao de Acucar(Ria Shopping) and Pingo Doce for your supermarket needs. For somewhere to stay you have Pensao Bicuar which is a lovely guesthouse or the brand new hotel which is at the end of Avenida 5de Outobro. Hope you enjoy as much as we did. If you have any questions im happy to answer. :)

http://www.pension-bicuar.com/

realhotelsgroup.com/RealMarina/OHotel.aspx…

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hi there weve just booked the same 5 days away and didnt know where to stay eventually booking the new hotel in olhao real marina hotel.

if you go on the hotels web site the have a video which shows alot of the surrounding area and alhao itself.it looks and sounds luxury with peace and quiet. hope this has been usefull.

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Olhao is a traditional portuguese fishing village. If you don't like screaming masses and commercialism then you should like this place. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from and the majority of the people you will come across will be local to the area and will be speaking portuguese. There is a large fish market and a large fruit and veg market both of which sell a large variety of fresh, excellent quality goods. There are also a few supermarkets to get other groceries from.

We got back from Olhao yesterday and we had been there for a week. It wasn't too quiet at that time of year although I am aware that it is busier obviously in July\August time. There are still definitely plenty of locals going out (especially at the weekend) and the bars on the front (in front of the markets) tend to be the busiest.

There are plenty of nice, cheap restaurants and bars to choose from in Olhao and I can personally recommend Carlos e Helena which is up a side street opposite the markets.

There are also ferries to the islands (Armona and Culatra). Ferries cost 3 euro 20 return trip per person and the ferry to Armona only takes about 15 minutes. We didn't get chance to visit Culatra but we spent most days going to Armona. Armona is beautiful and has a couple of restaurants/bars and a couple of shops. You can get off the ferry at Armona and walk through Armona village to the main beach (there are no cars allowed on the island) where you have miles of white sandy beach and in September you are sure to get a part of the beach all to yourselves!

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Couldn't agree more about Armona and I would like to be able to go there more often!

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Hi There ,

We are thinking of going to Olhao ( a villa ) about 2km outside the town in June . The house looks nice , however still a bit unsure about the town itself . Will there be enough to do , we have three kids , from 14 to 2 years . Is Olhao maybe a bit too run down ? ( or not as the case may be .. ) ..

Thanks for any responses,

Brian

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