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Olhos De Agua

Olhos D’Agua Holidays

Olhos de Agua holidays offer an insight into a traditional Algarve lifestyle while providing plenty of tourist facilities as well as a terrific beach setting.

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Attractive beach resort

Those looking for a relaxing getaway underneath the phenomenal climate of the Portuguese Algarve should look no further than holidays to Olhos de Agua. Though there are now some large hotels which care for tourists during their stay, the fishing village charm of this resort remains intact.

The beach is a highlight of Olhos de Agua and the town's proximity to the Albufeira area means there are dozens more scenic beaches to choose from nearby.

Local bars and restaurants provide good options of food and drink both day and night. Couples and families will find everything they need to have a relaxing break in this resort with plenty of exciting tourist attractions available within driving distance.

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  • Euro
  • Portuguese
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Natural springs on the beach

The town's name is derived from the unique natural cycle that appears on the beach. Translated to Eyes of Water, Olhos de Agua's beach often forms bubbling natural springs on the sands when the tide is low. These areas of freshwater are perfect for paddling in and so are the many rock pools found along the beach.

Though there are some exciting water sports offered off the coast, this is an ideal place to relax with plenty of rentable sunloungers and umbrellas found by the beach bars.

Short drives down the coast will take you to other popular beaches like Santa Eulalia and Praia da Falesia.

Great location in Algarve

While there are plenty of activities to enjoy on the waves by the beaches there are also some on land attractions to enjoy. Simply walking around the rustic parts of town will provide views of beautiful buildings that have been part of the resort for years.

Within Olhos de Agua you can experience the Oscar Bar 5D Cinema. This small ride lets four people watch different movies while your seats swing, sway and jump in time with the action. There is a live video feed outside for people to giggle at the riders' reactions too.

Make the drive out of Olhos de Agua to discover the fun found within Albufeira, Guia and other nearby towns. There are a good amount of top-quality golf courses around Algarve that take advantage of the region's playing conditions. Those looking for something faster paced can head towards the waterparks and animal parks nearby.

Nightly fun at the bars

The nightlife in Olhos de Agua presents opportunities to enjoy delicious drinks with good company in the town's bars. Many offer outdoor seating areas which is a delight during the warm summer nights.

Friends Bar is a fun place to start your evening with a sociable drink while Dominos Bar gets a little wilder at night. Occasionally there are professional dancers on the stages enticing you onto the dancefloor inside and the extravagant cocktails here are a sight to behold.

Nearby shopping towns

Along the main street of this small town you can find little shops and supermarkets to purchase the essentials. The towns on either side of Olhos de Agua however give shoppers the opportunity to browse for a wide range of products.

Vilamoura offers designer brands along the marina while the old town in Albufeira holds a number of local shops where you can purchase a range of handmade souvenirs. The Algarve Shopping Centre is in nearby Guia and is home to 200 shops with a myriad of products available.

Dining options

Olhos de Agua offers dozens of different bars and restaurants to snack and dine in with plenty of local favourites on offer. Seafood dishes are also popular within this former fishing village with sardine's often being a highlight on Portuguese menus.

There are other themes to taste around the town with Pizzeria Fratelli providing Italian delights, Chef's Peking serving Chinese food and the Tandoori Restaurant offering a range of Indian meals.

Walk to the beach

After leaving Faro Airport you could be checking into your hotel in Olhos de Agua within half an hour.

The beach that inspired Olhos de Agua's name is central to the town and easy to reach by foot from most hotels.

The old town of Albufeira is 8km away while the party strip of Sao Joao is just 4km away. In the other direction you'll find Vilamoura 12km towards the east. There are bus services running through town and taxis are available but the easiest method to get around is by hiring a car.

Best time of year to visit

Temperatures often top 30C during the height of summer and this is unsurprisingly also Olhos de Agua's busiest time for tourists. The region stays hot during the days from March until November when it is not unusual for the thermostat to hit 20C and above.

Sardine Festivals are a common summer celebration in Algarve and Olhos de Agua holds a popular one for five days in August. Expect to see the fish being barbequed and served by the beach as well as live entertainment every night.