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Travel Guide
Marinha Beach featuring rocky coastline and general coastal views

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

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 £150 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
This family-friendly Carvoeiro resort is located near the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Slide and Splash Water Park, Carvoeiro Beach and Algar Seco Rocks. 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 12 Mar 2020

Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa
Tivoli Carvoeiro
Tivoli Carvoeiro
5 out of 5
Apartado 1299, Vale Do Covo, Praia do Carvoeiro, Carvoeiro
The price is £286 per night from 6 Aug to 6 Aug
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! (977 reviews)
"We stayed at the hotel and really enjoyed the dinner at the hotel restaurant. The Tomahawk stake for two was excellent. Relaxing poolside was enjoyable."

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2021

Tivoli Carvoeiro
Monte Santo Resort
Monte Santo Resort
5 out of 5
Monte Santo Aldeamento Turistico, Rua Joao Paulo II, Carvoeiro
The price is £167 per night from 27 Jul to 27 Jul
This family-friendly Carvoeiro resort is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Paraiso Beach and Carvoeiro Beach. Carvoeiro Boardwalk and Algar Seco ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (343 reviews)
"It was great! Superb facilities and staff. Will be back there soon. A very minor thing missing was some tea and coffee in the room which I think should be standard in a 5 star establishment."

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2020

Monte Santo Resort
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Algar Seco Parque
Algar Seco Parque
3 out of 5
Rua das Flores, Carvoeiro, Lagoa
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! (28 reviews)
"We HIGHLY recommend this hotel!!! Large, clean rooms with an amazing view. We were VERY impressed with the customer service..especially the front desk and restaurant personnel. The food and sangria were tasty, with great prices and large portion sizes. Take advantage of the opportunities to explore ..."

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2021

Algar Seco Parque
Better Than a Flat, a Small Country House With its own Garden Close to the Beach
Better Than a Flat, a Small Country House With its own Garden Close to the Beach
Caramujeira, Carvoeiro, Faro District
This family-friendly Carvoeiro holiday home is located by the sea, within 2 mi (3 km) of Marinha Beach and Benagil Beach. Senhora da Rocha Beach and Carvoeiro ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Fab. Very well equipped and Pascal's a peach.
"Had a great stay. Very good internet and good quality appliances. Nice secluded garden and big enough for our dog to run around in. Free lemons too. Would definitely recommend it. Thanks again Pascal."

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2019

Better Than a Flat, a Small Country House With its own Garden Close to the Beach
Bungallow on Benagil Beach
Bungallow on Benagil Beach
Casa Gemeos, Carvoeiro, Faro District
Located in Lagoa e Carvoeiro, this romantic cottage is steps away from Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos and Benagil Beach. Marinha Beach and Carvoeiro Beach ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
The most beautiful location
"Clean, large, amazing views, well equipped"

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2020

Bungallow on Benagil Beach
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