8 Minutes from Casa da Fuzeta
Fuzeta is a small town in the Ria Formosa, in the Eastern Algarve. Fishing boats leave from one end of the quay, small pleasure boats and the ferry to the island from the other. It’s sleepy in winter, busy for about a month in summer. Fuzeta has a street market on Thursdays and a flea market on the first Sunday of every month. It has a small lagoon beach in the town which is great at high tide and perfect for toddlers who don’t like waves. It also has a very long and lovely ocean beach on the island. Fuzeta has a campsite by the quay and – for some reason – two train stations. There is a newly renovated produce market situated on the key which is open every morning (not Sundays) where you can buy fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetables. On Saturdays the market is surrounded outside by many smaller stalls offering further local produce. The town lies on the Algarve Ecoway, the coastal foot and cycle path, along which you can now walk east to Arroteia, Pinheiro and beyond, or west to Bias and on to Olhão.
You may see the town being referred to as Fuzeta and Fuseta. Both spellings are accepted and derive from the old Portuguese name Fozeta meaning mouth of the river.
The highlight of the year in Fuzeta is the Festival in Honour of our Lady of Carmo in July. It is a religious festival in which a statue of ‘Our Lady of Livramento’ is taken out on the water in search of ‘Our Lady of Carmo’, the ceremony acting as a blessing for the town’s fishermen for the next year. Many boats participate in the procession, all decorated with flags and flowers, all sounding horns and hooters. The procession leaves the harbour in Fuzeta and goes as far as the barra – the gap between the islands via which the fishing boats reach the ocean. There are religious services and general celebrations at night on each of the three days of the festival.