Olhos D’Agua prides itself in being a place with no gimmicks and no tourist traps. Visitors and holidaymakers head to the fishing village to see it in its natural state and not a lot more. This is more evident when you consider the village’s main attraction is advertised as some water springs that you can sometimes see when the tide is out. Fear not, the village itself is beautiful and perfectly located smack bang in the middle between Vilamoura and Albufeira, Olhos D’Agua gets a bit of the best of both worlds. Developed with the tourist in mind, Olhos D’Agua caters for locals and visitors in every shape and form. Don’t let this start ringing alarm bells because the fishing village isn’t made up of 70s concrete and neon lights. Olhos D’Agua has managed to retain most of its traditional and authentic charm. You may not be able to party from dusk til dawn, head to Vilamoura for that, but you can spend days lazing on the sand and nights sampling the local cuisine and fine wines.
If there’s one thing Olhos D’Agua shouldn’t be modest about it’s the beaches. There is an ‘Agua’ in the name for a reason! There are three main beaches around Olhos D’Agua; Praia d’Agua, Praia de Falesia and Santa Eulalia. The former, Praia d’Agua is lined with beautiful pine trees and is shared between visitors and the local fishermen. Across in Praia de Falesia, the eight kilometres of sand provide ample space for sun bathing and the dramatic red cliffs are a stunning backdrop. Finally Santa Eulalia is one for the kids. The gentle sloping sands descend into warm shallow water – perfect for younger and less confident swimmers. Each of the beaches around the village has something slightly different on offer and a holiday to Olhos d’Agua is the ideal time to try each one out.
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