Olhão Seafood Festival attracts over 30,000

Event was hailed a success

Olhão could hardly have hoped for a better return of its famous Seafood Festival, which returned after a three-year break due to the pandemic and attracted over 30,000 people between August 10 and 14.

Local mayor António Pina has hailed the event a “success”.

“It was good to host what is the municipality’s biggest event once more, and the changes that we made were a success. Now is the time to start working on the 2024 edition,” he added.

One of the novelties this year was the unveiling of an imposing sculpture of a giant prawn which was created by local artist Igor Nunes Silva using recycled materials.

The festival is also known for boasting an impressive musical line-up every year, and this year was no exception, with popular artists such as David Carreira, Sónia Costa, Bárbara Bandeira, Wet Bed Gang and Vitor Kley taking the stage.

But as its name suggests, the highlight of the event is the fresh seafood from the nearby Ria Formosa, which includes everything from lobster and shrimp to clams, oysters, and cockles.

By Michael Bruxo

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Portugal Resident