Town and beach
The market town of Moncarapacho is a five minute drive from Oásis Azul. The village has all basic amenities such as a supermarket, bakery, market hall and pharmacy. On the cozy square and in the main street you will find a number of nice restaurants and terraces.
From Oásis Azul you can walk to the village in thirty minutes via a beautiful walking route.
The beautiful fishman's village of Fuseta, situated at the Ria Formosa, has narrow streets, traditional cube-shaped houses with ornamental mouldings (platibandas) and chimneys from the Algarve. It is always cozy in the town square and at the bbq-restaurants at the market hall. The good thing about this village is the beautiful blend of locals, fishermen and tourists.
Along the coast are several islands, inhabited and uninhabited. With a ferry or taxi boat you can travel to islands with miles of sandy beaches. In Fuseta you will find two beaches: the inner beach of Fuseta and Ilha da Fuseta.
The inner beach is located at the lagoon. A beautiful bay with a beach bar (Borda d'Agua), sun beds and the characteristic old building of the lifeguard.
It is a lovely beach and a wonderful place to swim because the water is mostly calm and shallow. To reach Ilha da Fuseta you board a boat that will take you to a very long sandy beach on the ocean side. Fuseta is a ten minute drive from Oásis Azul.
Olhão is a city for those who love the authentic Portugal. Olhão has a strong sense of history and culture. This active fishing town is by no means 'polished' but can be a bit raw and is still the most important fishing port in the Algarve. The city has kept its original character with strong Moorish influences which makes it wonderful to stroll through the narrow streets.
Olhão is lively all year round and has nice terraces and good restaurants. The prominent market hall with its fresh products is worth a visit and a day trip by ferry to the islands of Armona, Culatra and Farol is highly recommended.
Charming. That's what most visitors find of Tavira. A delightful town to explore that suits all tastes. Most life takes place along the banks of the river Gilão. Museums, churches, beautiful buildings, terraces, shops and a large market hall. Tavira has something to tempt everyone.
The city's charm runs as far as the Ria Formosa, with its white salt pans. Here, depending on the season, you can spot birds such as the flamingo or the avocet. On the river Gilão and in Quatro Águas, boats leave for the beaches of Ilha de Tavira, Terra Estreita, Barril and Homem Nu.
More charming towns
The old centre of Faro, Loulé and Vila Real de Santo António, near the Spanish border, are also well worth a visit. Once you are in Vila Real a crossing to Spain is easily made. Ayamonte is situated on the other side of the Rio Guadiana and has the unmistakable Spanish liveliness.
Every week there is a market in the region. This can be a market with merchandise or a flea market. The cosy flea market of Fuseta is our particular favourite.
With kilometres of sandy beach, the Algarve is a popular beach destination. The East Algarve is known for its long 'golden' sandy beaches. Praia da Fuseta, Ilha de Fuseta, Praia do Barril, Ilha de Tavira, Armona, Culatra and Farol are in the surroundings of Oásis Azul.
Ria Formosa nature reserve
Between Faro and Tavira you will find the (protected) nature reserve Ria Formosa. A 60 km long lagoon surrounded by a labyrinth of islands, peninsulas, sandbanks, white beaches, dunes, salt basins with the most special flora and fauna. A bird watchers and nature lover's paradise. From Fuseta and Olhão several boat trips are offered to discover this area. You can also explore the area on foot or by bicycle.
The beaches of the Central Algarve are yellow gold and surrounded by giant rocks and cliffs. Central Algarve covers the stretch between Faro and Lagos. In this area there are the famous, bustling seaside resorts as Albufeira, Lagos, Ferragudo, Olhos d'Agua, Carvoeiro, Armação de Pêra, Quarteira and Praia da Rocha. The more luxurious Vilamoura is also situated in this area.
West coast Algarve
The west coast of the Algarve with its rugged cliffs is still undiscovered. Because of its high waves, this region is particularly popular for windsurfers. Hikers can enjoy the long-distance Rota Vicentina route in this region. You can walk on old fishing paths alongside the coast. It is an hour's drive from Oásis Azul and well worth a day trip.