Algarve, Portugal

Olhão Area Running Options

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Located 10 km east of Faro, Olhão is a small town with a pleasant waterfront and marina. From Olhão, there are ferries to Ilha da Culatra, which has a lovely beach and walking trails. We have three recommended running routes in this area:

Waterfront and Old Town Tour. It’s a decent 5 km out and back starting on the pedestrian Rio do Commercio through the old town, then along the waterfront promenade (Jardim Pescador Olhanense), and around the marina just to the east. For a longer run, combine with Ria Formosa Natural Park Nature Discovery Trail below, which is 1 km east of the marina (not so nice getting there). ROUTE MAP

Ria Formosa Natural Park Nature Discovery Trail. 3 km loop. Lovely gravel and boardwalk trail at Marim Environmental Education Centre, the park’s headquarters. More info (p.27). It’s ~1 km east of the marina.

Ilha da Culatra Trail. 5.6 km out and and back. A popular excursion from Olhão is the ferry to Ilha da Culatra, which has a lovely beach and some pleasant walking trails. The  Wooden boardwalk trail around a salt marsh, part of the Ria Formosa Natural Park on the island. More info (p.25)