At the southern end of the upright rectangle that is Portugal, is the Algarve region. You enter via Faro international airport. Faro sort of juts out to sea, like the apex of a triangle.

On the side protected from the wild Atlantic ocean is Olhão, Fuzeta and Tavira. Each are also fortified by long off-shore islands allowing large fishing communities to thrive in their safe harbours.

“Cubist” style houses predominate here. With little rain, flat roofs are ideal to dry fish and wives could watch for their husbands return from the sea.

The stinking canneries have moved aside for tourism, however, their importance in Olhão’s development is remembered.

Attracted by the warm weather, the seaside and plentiful seafood, tourists flock to the shorefront lined with specialty seafood restaurants.

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