Places To Visit In The Algarve – Olhão Seafood Festival

"seafood festival algarve"Anyone who has had a look at a map of Portugal will notice immediately the enormous coastline that the country has and it is because of this and the links with the ocean that seafood and fish are such an important part of daily life in Portugal.  If you want to sample some of the best seafood around in the Algarve then the best place to go is to the annual Olhão Seafood festival where some of the most delicious, fresh and tasty seafood is served up each year.

The Olhão seafood festival, known in Portuguese as the Festival do Marisco de Olhão, takes place each year during the middle of August for five days.

Over the festival thousands of people from all over Portugal as well as foreign visitors come to the Jardim Pescador Olhanense next to the Rio Formosa for the festival where great food is combined with popular entertainment and live music.

If you have never sampled seafood before then this is a great place for a baptism of fire!  The seafood here has not all been shelled and chopped up and added to other dishes here and in most cases you will be presented with a platter of shells and things with lots of legs and told to get on with it!

The great thing about the seafood festival is that there is a very relaxed atmosphere and there will be nobody pointing at you if you are struggling with a crabs leg or aren’t happy to suck the heads of the prawns.  if you are unsure how to eat the food that you have then there are plenty of people about who will be more than willing to do a quick demonstration and this makes this a great place to meet with local people and have a great evening.

The seafood festival is one for the entire family but you will need to get there early if you want to get a parking space near to the gardens as thousands of people turn up as the night goes on and parking becomes more stressful then.

If you are not a fan of seafood then there are alternatives to eat as well while the musical bill is also one that is particularly popular with Portuguese fans with a mixture of pop, rock and Fado usually being on the bill.

For a real taste of Portugal in every sense a visit to the Olhão seafood festival is certainly one date for the diary worth keeping.

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