Resuming the tour of the Albufeira area, I took a walk along the road from Balaia to Olhos D’Agua and a little tour around Olhos D’Agua itself.
It was a sunny day. These pictures here were taken between 4 and 530pm.
Olhos D’Agua is about 5 miles east of Albufeira old town. Once it was a separate, small, fishermen’s village down at the bottom of a hill. Now it is a suburb of Albufeira. It is dominated by four massive hotels, the Clube Hotel Riu Guarana, Porto Bay Falesia, Hotel Riu Palace and Lina Falesia Mar. Clube Humbria and Oceanus are two other popular resort locations here. All are featured in the pictures.
There is large Intermarché supermarket and a couple of hundred yards away a smaller Algartalhos supermarket, both open every day until 8 or 830pm. There is also a local indoor market hall. Olhos D’Agua has a number of other small shops plus numerous restaurants, cafés and bars to suit most tastes.
The beach is at the bottom of a fairly step hill, about 400 metres from the main road. It is quite small but perfectly formed. Luckily most of the guests at the big hotels don’t stray from the poolside, otherwise it would be packed. There is no public parking at the beach except for a multi-storey car park not quite at the bottom of the hill which charges €1.50 an hour. There is a small free car park at the top of the hill and parking in the various side streets.
if you stay on the western side of the area, access to the beach is either by long flights of steps or the long way around by the road.
The Riu complex has a flight of about 150 steps leading down (and back up from!) the western end of the Praia de Falesia.
If you want to go there for the day, you can drive (subject to the parking restrictions), a taxi from Albufeira will be 8- 10 Euros or there is the local bus for €2,20. Bus times here. The bus route also serves Vilamoura, Quarteira and Almancil. There is a second route, with very limited service, to and from Açoteais, Falesia and Rocha Baixinha. Times here.
Have a nice day.
Next stop for the tour will be São Rafael, Sesmarias and Galé, next week sometime I think.