Art in the Algarve – a closer look at Olhao

Today a closer look at Olhao.

I loved all the little alleyways each full of colour and interest, and of course the wonderful Azelejo – a form of Portugese/Spanish painted tin glazed, ceramic tile work.     These tiles have been produced without interruption for five centuries. 


A lifetime could be spent capturing the change of light in these alleyways….and note again the cleanliness of the streets.


Many of the buildings in Olhao reminded me a little of Cuba or South Beach Miami before it was renovated….a sort of decaying splendour ripe for people with vision to restore, which is clearly what is happening all around the town.



These images show the main street…..again immaculately clean.


One of the views from the many levels and balconies at the school.


The alleyway behind the school….


Everything we needed and much more was within a few minutes walk of the school.    Last year there was a local art shop, but this year the school has its own shop, which is very convenient.

Ana, the lovely lady who ran the art shop, also an artist.


There is so much to learn when visiting somewhere new.    I am ashamed to say that I didn’t know about this before, but in April 1974, a revolution happened in Portugal….called The Carnation Revolution.

After many years of brutal dictatorship, there was a military coup in Lisbon organised by the Armed Forces Movement.    The movement was soon coupled with an unanticipated and popular campaign of civil resistance. 

The name Carnation Revolution comes from the fact that almost no shots were fired and when the people took to the streets to celebrate the end of dictatorship and war in the colonies, carnations were put into the muzzles of rifles and on the uniforms of the army.    The national holiday of Freedom Day is celebrated every year on the 25th April. 

As I said, much to learn.


A Bientôt

23 thoughts on “Art in the Algarve – a closer look at Olhao

  1. Vera Komnig

    Oh, Jante, I love Portugal more than I can say and Olhao too!

    It’s such a beautiful place with such wonderful people and the scent of oranges and lemons. I get enthusiastic when I think of Portugal.

    Yesterday I looked at the link to this great Art School and am thrilled. Very, very nice.. It must be a great pleasure for every teacher to be able to teach there and every student must also feel comfortable.

    Thank you for sharing and I wish you lots of fun! 🙂 ❤

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      I love the people….so real, so gentle….and yes the sweet smells of fruit and flora….fantastic.
      It is a great place to teach and be a student. As a tutor, it is the perfect venue. Lots of nooks and crannies….a wonderful studio…and we can walk everywhere. No need to ever get in a car again after arriving, which is my kind of place.
      The man who runs the school, DAvid Clark has put together a programme that works so well. Everything is taken care of which means that full concentration can be on the creative process….oh and yes the food is fantastic:)
      Have a wonderful weekend. Janet.


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