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Places Of Interest
There are many interesting places to discover, from the rural areas, to the coastline and its’ islands, from the urban riverside villages to the gateway of the Ria Formosa & breath taking endless landscapes. So let the feeling of discovery begin all within one hour of Pension Bicuar Residencial:
Pension Bicuar Residencial is strategically located overlooking the Ria Formosa lagoon system, within the centre of the historic heart of Olhão with its cubic whitewashed houses, flat roof terraces and chimneys that are evocative of Moorish architecture.
Olhão daily waterfront markets (except Sunday) offer a variety of fresh fish and sea food straight from the fishing boats and a vast array of locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables. The market halls are surrounded by pavement cafes and it’s a great place to sit and enjoy the view of the boats moored along the water front in Olhão Marina.
Branching out from Olhão
Parque Natural da Ria Formosa
Parque Natural da Ria Formosa stretches along 60 kilometers of Atlantic coastline. It is considered the most important sanctuary of wildlife in the Algarve. The area is characterized by unique landscapes where you can enjoy many hours of relaxation within nature.
Parque Natural da Ria Formosa
A 5 minute walk from our Guest House & a short ferry ride will take you to the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa Islands of Culatra & Armona . Swim, snorkel or just stroll along the endless deserted beaches, taste the local gastronomy and end a wonderful day by returning to Pension Bicuar Residencial roof garden terrace to watch the sunset.
A 10 minute train ride or a 15 minute journey by bus from our Guest House you arrive in Faro.
Particularly attractive is the old part of the city surrounded still by the Roman walls which date back to the 9th. Century Faro has many churches, monuments, museums & fine ancient building.
A 31 minute train journey from Our Guest House you can explore the town of Tavira. Set on the banks of the River Gilao and divided by a Roman bridge, this charming town has one of the most interesting architectural legacies of the Algrave.
A day trip from Pension Bicuar Residencial
A one hour train journey from Olhão you can discover Vila Real de Santo António in Portugal and from there it is only a 10 minute boat trip to Ayamonte in Spain. A truly superb day out.
VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTÓNIO is situated on the banks of the River Guardiana facing Spain. Paved with a dramatic radial mosaic design, Vila Real de Santo António's main square - the Praça Marquês de Pombal - is surrounded by orange trees and elegant 18th-century town houses. Lining the riverbank, a long esplanade on the Avenida da República offers an impressive view of Ayamonte in neighbouring Spain. It is from here you can take the 10 minute boat crossing to Ayamonte - a small old fishing town with an old medieval quarter in the central district of the town, with many narrow streets and historical buildings.
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