Hidden in Olhão da Restauração

On our final weekend we had to find a restaurant in Olhão we’d never been to before, and so a few days before we decided to double-check where it was. On our exploratory adventure we discovered this rather lovely entrance to a building near the harbour.What an entrance

Not sure if the gate will still be there when we return in the winter as Olhão is experiencing an upsurge in new buildings and renovation projects. Much of the change is for the positive but a little bit of me hopes that not everything is renovated or replaced. Having said that I’d be delighted if the gate was restored! The detailing is quite extraordinary and it wouldn’t take much to bring it to its former glory.

There is a name above the entrance way – Villa Majuca – unfortunately I have been unable to discover anything more than its name. I am guessing it was once a home but it could have been a commercial building given its location. And I am wondering if those are the initials of the original owners in the arch ironwork.

Whatever Villa Majuca’s past I thought it perfect for a short post and also Thursday Doors. If you have not heard of Thursday Doors it is a wonderful weekly feature run by Norm; where he invites us all to admire and share our favourite door (or gate!!) photographs from around the world.

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22 thoughts on “Hidden in Olhão da Restauração

  1. HI

    So today I met the owner of Villa Majuca. It belongs to an old Portuguese family whose roots are in Olhao but now the family are spread far and wide. It was owned by a former Mayor of the Town and was used in later years as a family holiday home. Sadly over the generations it has been left to go into ruin and been burgled had many squatters and is now quite a state. Interestingly this generation owners do see the uptrend that is happening in Olhao and want to be a part of it but in a sympathetic way. They contacted us for the same reason that Paul has commented on and that is the foreigners tend to be the ones who want to keep the grand old architecture rather than high rises etc. We didn’t get a chance to go inside but we are really hoping we do as it caught our imagination too!

    Fingers crossed Villa Majuca gets the makeover it deserves and may generations moving forward get to enjoy it as much as many generations did so.


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    1. oh wow . . . that’s fabulous to hear. Fingers crossed they are able to restore it sympathetically – won’t be cheap and won’t be quick to do. But so so amazing if they can.

      Thank you for updating me 🙂


  2. That’s beautiful and I’m horrified that it could disappear. Scanning the other comments I gather that’s par for the course – but don’t visitors want to see character rather than soulless modernity? Seems short sighted.


    1. I think they do . . .but not sure the council really understand that. The character is what makes this town and is why so many people go there. So hope it doesn’t end up looking like all the ones in the west but . . . . . . .:-(

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