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The Carvoeiro coastline is breathtakingly beautiful, with cliffs, caves, coves and beaches, crystal clear waters and smooth sand, attracting countless visitors throughout the year.

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.

Where to stay in Carvoeiro

Marinha Beach featuring rocky coastline and general coastal views

Lagoa e Carvoeiro

While visiting Lagoa e Carvoeiro, you might make a stop by sights like Benagil Beach and Marinha Beach.

Lagoa e Carvoeiro
Benagil, Carvoeiro, Faro District, Portugal

Benagil

If you're spending some time in Benagil, Carvalho Beach and Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos are top sights worth seeing.

Benagil

Top hotels in Carvoeiro

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Tivoli Carvoeiro
Tivoli Carvoeiro
5 out of 5
Apartado 1299, Vale Do Covo, Praia do Carvoeiro, Carvoeiro
Free cancellation
The price is £180 per night

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! (984 reviews)

"The scenery was beautiful and the overall property was well kept and very clean."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Tivoli Carvoeiro
Hello Villas
Hello Villas
4 out of 5
Rampa do Mato Serrão, 20, Carvoeiro
The price is £80 per night

Situated by the sea, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Paraiso Beach and Carvoeiro Beach. Carvoeiro Boardwalk and Algar Seco Rocks are also within 2 miles ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (51 reviews)

"The staff here were awesome. So accommodating that I kept staying extra nights. The rooms and the pool were fantastic. Everything is up today. The area is very peaceful and safe and so close to the main town area."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019

Hello Villas
Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa
Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
The price is £116 per night

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (263 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 12 Mar 2020

Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa

Popular places to visit in Carvoeiro

Marinha Beach
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Marinha Beach

4.5/5(76 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Marinha Beach, a popular beach in Lagoa e Carvoeiro.

Benagil Beach
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Benagil Beach

4.5/5(59 reviews)

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.

Carvoeiro Beach
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Carvoeiro Beach

4.5/5(117 reviews)

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.

Carvalho Beach
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Carvalho Beach

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Carvalho Beach during your travels in Carvoeiro? Amble around this romantic area's seaside and enjoy its lively bars.

Vale Centeanes Beach
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Vale Centeanes Beach

5/5(2 reviews)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Vale Centeanes Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Vale de Centianes.

Paraiso Beach
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Paraiso Beach

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.

Top things to do in Carvoeiro

Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour
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Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour

£18
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Guided RZR Buggy Adventure in Algarve
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Guided RZR Buggy Adventure in Algarve

£91
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Jeep Safari 4X4 Day Tour In Algarve with Lunch
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Jeep Safari 4X4 Day Tour In Algarve with Lunch

£48
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Lisbon Sightseeing & Shopping Tour from the Algarve
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Lisbon Sightseeing & Shopping Tour from the Algarve

£44
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Caves & Coast Tours (Benagil - Marinha Beach)
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Caves & Coast Tours (Benagil - Marinha Beach)

£32
Per adult
Superb Private caves tour with highly skilled skipper
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Superb Private caves tour with highly skilled skipper

£209
Per adult

Reviews of Carvoeiro

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 59.770114942528735%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 34.48275862068966%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 5.747126436781609%
2 - Disappointing
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

Nice but parking a bit difficult. Shops and restaurants ok

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Mar 2020

Beautiful little town, lovely restaurants, nice beach and sights.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jan 2020

Great area, out of season this place is fantastic. At high season this area of the Algarve can get very crowded.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

10 Nov 2019

not much to do! but great for the Sandcity which is a must on your visit

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

23 Oct 2019

Quiet small village

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Oct 2019

The bach was lovely and only a 5 minute drive from the hotel

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