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A prime location for relaxation

Olhos de Agua translates as ‘eyes of the water’, and it’s named on account of the freshwater springs that bubble up on its beaches. This unusual natural phenomenon has attracted people here for centuries – but though it’s well worth seeing, Olhos de Agua holidays also offer much more to keep visitors entertained. From here, you can strike out on some of the region’s scenic walking routes, which zig-zag all along the coast.

Or you may prefer to explore the landscape from the back of a horse or bicycle. And as this town sits between the busier resorts of Albufeira and Vilamoura, partygoers will have no trouble sampling some of the Algarve’s best nightlife. Olhos de Agua, though, provides an oasis away from the neon lights, which makes it a great choice for families or couples seeking a more peaceful retreat. Finally, you can’t talk about holidays to Olhos de Agua without mentioning the beaches. There are loads to choose from, but nearby Praia de Falésia is one of the longest and finest stretches of sand on the Algarve – perfect for sunbathing and water sports.

Your Olhos de Agua questions, answered

Olhos de Agua’s proximity to the Algarve party town of Albufeira makes it a popular choice for group holidays, but families in particular will enjoy the calmer nature of this resort.

Because of its natural springs, Olhos de Agua has long been a sought-after place to settle, and archaeologists have uncovered salt pans from Roman times.

Typical Portuguese food is simple, fresh and hearty – think piri-piri chicken, grilled fish and seafood stews – while you’ll also find a range of international restaurants in the Algarve.

Best things to do in Olhos de Agua

Enjoy the beach

Great beaches are not hard to come by in the Algarve, but Praia de Falésia, with its incredible red cliffs, is one of the best. Or head to the resort’s own beach to see the freshwater springs.

Hop on a horse

Join a pony-trek for a fun way to see the region’s gorgeous countryside. Riding centres with expert guides can be found very close to Olhos de Agua.

Take a hike

Along the cliffs above Praia de Falésia is a walking trail. It’s not too challenging and has excellent views, while more serious walkers can continue all the way to Vilamoura.