Cerro São Miguel
Highest elevation in the Serra de Monte Figo in the Eastern Algarve
Eye-catching cone-shaped mountain offering impressive views from the eastern coast and the Spanish border to almost Albufeira in the west. The Cerro São Miguel (410 m) is the highest elevation in the Serra de Monte Figo, a ridge of hills near the A22 motorway between Olhão in the south and São Brás de Alportel in the north. It can be reached by car via a small road from Moncarapacho in the direction of Azinheiro. From the peak visitors have a splendid view over large parts of the Eastern Algarve from Faro to Tavira.
Ilha da Armona
Island of the Ria Formosa opposite Olhao
Ilha da Armona opposite Olhão is part of the island chain of the Ria Formosa that extends from Faro to Cacela Velha east of Tavira, protecting the unique lagoon system against the rough Atlantic Ocean. The island Ilha da Armona stretches from Olhão in the west to Fuzeta in the east. It can be accessed by ferry boat all year round from Faro, Olhão and Fuzeta. The small village on the western part of Ilha da Culatra is located directly opposite the centre of maritime environmental education, Centro de Educação Ambiental de Marim (CEAM), situated on the eastern exit of Olhão. The beach Praia da Armona is located on the seaside of the island. The infrastructure includes a campsite and various facilities for water sports. On the eastern corner of Ilha da Armona there is another beach, Praia da Fuzeta-Mar. It is accessed by ferry boat, which commutes regularly from the quay in Fuzeta. Since the lagoon is quite narrow here, you can also swim, or at low tide, walk over the mudflat.
Olhao: CEAM of the Ria Formosa
Centre of Maritime Environmental Education of the Natural Park of the Ria Formosa
This lagoon landscape stretches along the Eastern Algarve coast from Faro to the village of Cacela Velha near Tavira. Created in 1755 by the last great oceanic earthquake, its sand dunes, islands and bars to the open sea are continously shaped by tidal changes. Many archeological sites show the remains of Roman and Pre-Roman settlements. Since the mid-eighties, the Ria Formosa has been a nature reserve, where sea water birds find protected breeding places and many fish species of the Northern Atlantic as well as other marine organisms reproduce. Besides salt harvesting, productive activities in this protected area are shellfish farming and small-scale fishing. The excellent water quality, without detectable contamination by industrial effluents, sewage dumping, agricultural and radioactive pollutants, favours the traditional gathering of seasalt. Copyright Edition Marisol
Porto de Pesca de Olhão
Fishing harbour of Olhão
When the canned fish was superseded by the deep frozen fisfh end of the last Century, the harbour lost its importance as centre of the canning industry n the Algarve.