Olhão is the Algarve’s biggest fishing port, and it has a fish market to match.
Its abundant stalls provide a schooling in sea food, and its Portuguese terminology. Hard-working stall holders make art with their freshly-caught fish, and at the end of the morning they scrub the place spotlessly clean.
If you dislike fish (and other marine life) in all their iced, sea-slick glory, you should probably look away now.
The market buildings (there are two – one for fish and one for fruit and veg) are equally impressive. Red-brick and dating from 1915, they face the sea and house cafés all around.
The market is open everyday except Sunday (Monday with limited produce). But if you have no time to cook, just browse as we did, then dine on Olhão’s finest fish at one of its excellent local eateries.