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CarvoeiroPortugal

This fishing village turned vacation resort presents a lovely scene of whitewashed houses centered around a picturesque sandy bay that’s ideal for sunbathing, swimming and watersports. 

While much of Portugal’s premier tourist region, the Algarve, has been heavily developed to accommodate tourists, the small, low-rise village of Carvoeiro has managed to retain its old-world character. Lounge on the small beach, embark on challenging hikes along coastal trails and enjoy meals at clifftop restaurants overlooking the coast.

Historically, Carvoeiro was a fishing community with most of the locals earning a living by catching tuna. The peaceful little settlement has had a relatively uneventful past, except for one major occurrence: In 1554, a naval battle took place in the bay here between a Portuguese fleet and a Turkish privateer.

Life in this town revolves around Praia do Carvoeiro (Carvoeiro Beach), a small strip of sand around which cliffs rise, providing shelter. Lay out on the golden sand, cool off during a swim in the sea or rent Jet Skis or a paddleboat and venture out onto the water. On the surrounding slopes there are restaurants and bars with views of the beach.

Follow hiking trails along the coastal cliffs near Carvoeiro. Look for the ruins of the 17th-century Fort of Senhora da Conceição and the still-working Lighthouse of Cabo Carvoeiro, which stands on a bluff overlooking the coast.

Rent a kayak and paddle around the coast, looking for holes in the cliffs. These holes, known as “algares,” are the result of erosion.

Carvoeiro makes a great base for exploring the Algarve. Families may want to spend a day at the nearby Slide and Splash waterpark at Lagoa. Also worthy of a daytrip is the town of Silves, which has a Moorish castle. The town is just a 30-minute drive from Caroveiro.

Find Carvoeiro on Portugal’s Algarve coast, just east of Portimão. To get here, fly into Faro Airport and then drive or arrange for a transfer to take you 40 miles (65 kilometers) west to Carvoeiro.

The village is compact and easy to traverse on foot, but if you want to visit other regional attractions or are staying in the hills outside town, having a car will make it easier to get around.

Top Hotels in Carvoeiro

Monte Santo Resort
Monte Santo Resort
5 out of 5
Monte Santo Aldeamento Turistico, Rua Joao Paulo II, Carvoeiro
The price is CA $116 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

This family-friendly Carvoeiro resort is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Carvoeiro Beach, Paraiso Beach, and Carvoeiro Boardwalk. Algar Seco Rocks ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (343 reviews)
Good site for a family stay

"We recently stayed at Monte Santo for 10 days during September. The apartment was nicely decorated, spacious and well equipped. Which was perfect for us as we were travelling with two hound children. The Monte Santo grounds and beautiful and the pool is a great spacious area to relax. Service from ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2020

Monte Santo Resort
Tivoli Carvoeiro
Tivoli Carvoeiro
5 out of 5
Apartado 1299, Vale Do Covo, Praia do Carvoeiro, Carvoeiro
The price is CA $134 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

This family-friendly Carvoeiro hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Algar Seco Rocks and Carvoeiro Beach. Benagil Beach is 2.4 mi (3.8 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (988 reviews)

"As others have stated the views are indeed magnificent ! In general the bedroom was clean albeit there were a few visible omissions - e.g. shower head limescale; the slipper bag was torn and fingermarks on patio doors/table reqd us to wipe them down. The lady who met us at breakfast went over COVID-19 ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2020

Tivoli Carvoeiro
Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa
Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Barranco Fundo, Apartado 79, Sesmarias, Carvoeiro, Algarve
The price is CA $139 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Situated in Carvoeiro, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Slide and Splash Water Park, Carvoeiro Beach, and Algar Seco Rocks. Portimao Museum and Benagil ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (269 reviews)

"We had a lovely stay. The rooms were comfortable and roomy. The breakfast was good. The staff were friendly and helpful. The bar menu could have a couple more light meals on it. You do need a car to get into Carvoeiro."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 12, 2020

Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Carvoeiro

Algar Seco Parque
Algar Seco Parque
3 out of 5
Rua das Flores, Carvoeiro, Lagoa
The price is CA $129 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Carvoeiro Boardwalk and Algar Seco Rocks. Carvoeiro Beach and Vale Centeanes Beach are also ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)

"Excellent place to stay. Nice and peaceful. Excellent service from very friendly and efficient staff. Thank you all for making us most welcome."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 8, 2019

Algar Seco Parque
Rocha Brava Village Resort
Rocha Brava Village Resort
4 out of 5
Urb. Rocha Brava, Alfanzina, Carvoeiro, Algarve
The price is CA $61 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Situated in Carvoeiro, this golf aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Benagil Beach, Carvoeiro Beach, and Marinha Beach. Slide and Splash Water Park and Senhora ...

4.2/5Excellent! (434 reviews)

"Lots to do there, so no real need to go into town. Spotlessly clean"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2020

Rocha Brava Village Resort
Wine House by Rental4all
Wine House by Rental4all
3 out of 5
Quinta dos Salicos, Lagoa, Carvoeiro, Faro

Located in Lagoa e Carvoeiro, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Portimao Town Market, Benagil Beach, and Carvoeiro Beach. Slide and Splash Water Park ...

Wine House by Rental4all
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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