The weekly market in Olhao is a feast for the eyes and once again just minutes from the School. It is spread along the water front next to the two large Market Halls that are open every day. It is bustling with energy and activity. Farmers and people with small holdings come in from many different places to sell their wares. It was here that I purchased the calla lilies for 2 euro! One stem would cost that and much or more in London…. This market provides seasonal eating from sea and land – and everything displayed is of excellent quality.
Given the crowds, we split up as a group and sketch, or take photographs as we please. I love to observe the local people. Ideal for portrait painters.
Several of the group happily sketching – with an interested observer.
I missed a wonderful band this year, but remember so well the music and these dancers from last year.
The Portugese custard tarts, are to die for…….once tried, never forgotten🙂 The custard is in a creme brûlée like consistency, caramelised in a puff pastry case.
I really enjoy that all the different elements are joined together in one big celebration of life. There are many sellers of flowers, and to see them in front of the Lagoon with boats behind provides a wonderful contrast.
As I mentioned earlier, Olhao is the largest fishing port on the Algarve. What a great place to view the fruits of the sea. It brings an awareness of how precious Mother Nature’s bounty is both from sea and land.
Storks play an important part of life in Olhao….and can be seen nesting on top of the church and other high places.
I took this photograph on the walk from the market.
After a lovely morning, it’s lunch at 7 imeio wine bar where the food and service are superb. David (AKA Bazil) owns this establishment – one I highly recommend.
After lunch a two hour free period and more painting, and then a another excellent evening meal at O Bote.
Tomorrow, our visit to the beautiful Island of Armona.
The magical hummingbirds were clearly in residence.