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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