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Is Olhao the right resort for us

Dublin, Ireland
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Is Olhao the right resort for us

Just wondering if anyone could help. Next August 7 members of my family plan to travel to portugal and were wondering if Olhao is the right place for us. We range in age from 6 yrs to 70 so are looking for somewhere to please everyone. Last year we stayed in Albufeira and it was perfect for us,close to water parks,nice restaurants,shopping centres and the beach. How far would the nearest water/theme park be? are there many shops there? I would really appreciate some help

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Albufeira, Portugal
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1. Re: Is Olhao the right resort for us

Olhão is not really a resort. It doesn't even have a beach. It's an old fishing town that is re-inventing itself. The beaches are on islands that are a short ferry ride across the water. They are very, very popular in the summer with locals and visitors alike.

Olhão has one resort type development but very little else in the way of tourist oriented facilities especially when compared with Albufeira. It does have a huge new shopping mall just on the edge of town and some little shops in the old centre. There a lot of little bars and restaurants down on the waterfront where the fish market used to be.

Overall it's a pleasant enough small town but much more a working town that a tourist venue per se.

The waterparks and theme parks are all in the central Algarve so a long way from Olhão. There's nothing like them over that way.

Edited: 1:08 pm, January 09, 2013
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