Your eyes will be too big for your belly if you attend the Olhão Seafood Festival this August. With live entertainment alongside 60,000 hungry visitors, this is one of the Algave's most popular events.
- When? 10th - 15th August 2017
- Where? Jardim Pescador Olhanese, Olhão
- Price: TBC
When someone tells you the Olhão Seafood Festival is the biggest event of its kind in Europe, you'd be forgiven for thinking their claim smelt a little fishy. And while this statement rings true, the irony is the only thing you'll be smelling in the Algarve's coastal town during the second week of August, is the mouth-watering aromas of freshly cooked fish.
It is estimated that some 60,000 visitors attend this tastebud-teasing event. The food here tastes just as good as it looks with top chefs coming from all over the Algarve to present creative recipes to hungry locals and tourists. Only the freshest seafood and locally sourced ingredients are used to create some of the best dishes you are likely to come across in the whole of Portugal.
Fishing is a huge part of Olhão's culture and the town is well known for its fish market. As such, this annual festival is one of its biggest draws attracting thousands to the coastal park known locally as Jardim Pescador Olhanense which also features a full live music programme and numerous events on the stage throughout the event. Running Tuesday to Sunday there are plenty of days to visit, although you will have to purchase a ticket for a small fee on arrival.
With great views over the Ria Formosa, live entertainment and a range of tasty meals, there's nowhere better to be in the Algarve - there's nothing fishy about that statement.
- Get there: From Faro, take a bus to Olhão (or drive if you don't mind renting a car).
- Stay: Travel between Olhão and Faro takes between 10 and 20 minutes, so stay in Olhão if you wish to be nearby or Faro if you want to experience the heart of southern Portugal.
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