But it’s not only natural beauty that brings the tourists to Carvoeiro. Those looking for an active or sporty holiday come to take full advantage of its popular golf courses and water sport opportunities, like jet skiing or diving.
Book a stay in one of Carvoeiro’s low-rise luxury resorts or traditional white washed villas, which make ideal self-catered accommodation. Whatever you’re after, Carvoeiro can meet your needs.
HistoryThe Romans are known to be the first occupants of the region, but the first recorded name of this village was “Caboiere”, which has Medieval-Arab origins. Carvoeiro also has a strong naval history. In the 16th Century it was the scene of a famous naval battle, just off Cape Carvoeiro, where the Portuguese navy defeated the Turks.
Although this village’s economy has historically been dependent on tinned tuna and sardines, the growth of tourism in the 1960’s turned it into a popular beach destination. Now its canning plants and fishing ports have been replaced with upmarket resorts and gorgeous beach areas.
Forte do Carvoeiro e Ermida de Nossa Senhora da EncarnaçãoThe 17th century Forte do Carvoeiro offers magnificent views over the beach below, but there’s plenty to keep visitors occupied inside too. Visit the small shrine, the Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Encarnação, which is an important place of worship for local fishermen. There’s also the portrait of the 17th Century patroness, Our Lady of the Incarnation, and a 19th Century statue of the crucifixion.
Algar SecoAlgar Seco is a spectacular rock formation which resembles windows looking over the sea. Named using the Moorish word for “grotto” (Algar) and the Portuguese for “dry” (secco), you’ll find it just east of Carvoeiro Beach.
BeachesCavoeiro has a great selection of beaches to choose from. Carvoeiro Beach is a beautiful shell shaped beach just in front of the main square. Praia da Marinha is one of the most iconic beaches of Portugal and is particularly popular with kids; at low tide, as there are plenty of caves and rock pools to explore. The waters are crystal clear and are home to some amazing marine life, making the area perfect for snorkelling. There’s also a bar on the beach during summer serving drinks, snacks and fresh fish.
Not to be missed is the stunning Algar de Benagil, also known as the “Cathedral”, an incredible sandstone cave that shelters a secluded beach. It can be accessed by the sea. The easiest way to reach this incredible natural formation is via boat, which depart between the Alfanzina Lighthouse and Praia Nova.
Food and DrinksWhether you want creative Mediterranean cuisine with a Portuguese twist, a casual bistro serving traditional dishes like Chicken Piri-Piri, or some of the freshest fish and seafood you’re ever likely to taste, you’ll find it here in Carvoeiro. There are also many bars and cafés to be found around the central village square and on the nearby beaches. Carvoeiro really is a foodie’s dream come true.
ShoppingThe town has plenty of grocery stores and a local market to serve your everyday needs. There is also a large supermarket on the border of Carvoeiro, 7 minutes away by car, and the popular Algarve Shopping Mall at Guia is just 30 minutes away by car.
Beaches, Relaxing and Sea
Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Marinha Beach, a popular beach in Carvoeiro. Stroll along the seaside in this romantic area or visit its lively bars.
Lounge on the golden sands of this cliff-enclosed beach and take a boat over to the much-photographed Benagil sea cave, famous for its open dome ceiling.
Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Carvoeiro Beach, a popular beach in Carvoeiro. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area or visit its lively bars.
You can find out about the history of Carvoeiro with a stop at Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos. Amble around this romantic area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its lively bars.
If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Paraiso Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Carvoeiro. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area or visit its lively bars.
Backed by golden-red cliffs and met by the white-flecked waves of the Atlantic, this spectacular beach is one of the Algarve’s most popular.
Discover the magic of the wild Algarve countryside. See the Castle of Silves, built between the 8th and 13th centuries, catch magnificent views from the highest point in the region at the top of Fóia, and marvel at the cliffs near the Ponta da Piedade lighthouse.
Venture into the heart of the Algarve and explore the hidden beauty of the country side on this full-day guided tour. Drive through rural Portuguese landscapes, uncover charming villages, and witness the traditional ways of country life.
Explore the charming historical town of Lagos and the picturesque fishing village of Sagres in this half-day tour from the Algarve. Discover museums, chapels, and beautiful coastal scenery as your guide tells you all about the history of these fascinating towns.
Cross the Spanish border and discover Andalusia’s capital—Seville. Spend a day exploring one of the most elegant cities in Spain. From historic quarters and culturally rich districts to immaculate regal gardens and iconic landmarks, be amazed by the splendor of this province.
Explore sea life at one of Algarve's biggest attractions with a visit to Zoomarine Park. Meet fascinating sea creatures, see live dolphin shows, take a swim, or ride a mini-roller-coaster.
This tour with an average duration of 2 hours starts at 18:30 from Portimão Marina. The trip along the coast allows you to observe the natural beauty of the Algarve coast and a wonderful sunset.