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Holidays in Carvoeiro
Carvoeiro is now a bustling little holiday resort but it still looks like the fishing village it once was, a nest of traditional white houses overlooking the ocean. The cliffs and rocks of this coastline have been shaped into a network of caves, caverns and coves. See more of it on boat trip from the beach. Several of the Algarve’s renowned golf courses are around here too – including one in Carvoeiro itself.
Carvoeiro enjoys a long, hot summer and mild weather throughout the rest of the year.
2 hours 45 minutes
Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, about 64km east of Carvoeiro.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to the charming fishing village of Carvoeiro, and discover quiet coves, great golf courses and authentic Algarvean cooking.
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Even though Carvoeiro is a small resort, you’ll find plenty of things to do here. Kick back and relax on the sandy beach, or spend the afternoon exploring the 17th-century clifftop fort. At high tide, you’ll hear the booming sounds of the sea amongst the Algar Seco rock formations. Pick up a bargain at the Lagoa flea market, full of great souvenirs and handy knick knacks. If you love golf, head to the Quinta do Gramacho course, which has played host to the Portuguese Ladies Open. After a long day in the sun, find a local restaurant and tuck into a plate of grilled sardines, drizzled in olive oil.
You can while away the hours on Carvoeiro’s beach (Praia do Carvoeiro). Tucked in a little bay, it’s an idyllic picture of soft golden sands and clear Atlantic waters. Lie back on the sand and watch the local fishing boats bobbing on the sea. Some of them will offer trips to the caves and quiet beaches that dot the coastline. The beach is overlooked by the red-roofed fishermen’s houses up on the cliff, and also by a few bars and restaurants. They’re amongst the best places to go in Carvoeiro for a table with a view.
There are so many food places in Carvoeiro that one street has been dubbed ‘Restaurant Hill’. Fish and seafood are mainstays of traditional menus – try a bowl of the local fish stew or grilled mackerel with lime. Spicy chicken piri piri is also popular here, as are the rich flavours of Moroccan-style lamb. Choose an Algarvean wine for the full experience; some are produced here in the Lagoa area. Start with an aperitif wine then move on to one of the smooth reds or whites. For dessert, try a slice of spicy pumpkin cake.
The Quinto do Gramacho golf course is one of the most popular attractions in Carvoeiro. Gramacho has played host to the Portuguese Ladies Open several times. Landscaped with dry-stone walls and glistening lakes, its 18 holes and 27 greens were designed by the renowned Ronald Fream. You’ll get a great view of the fairway over lunch in the clubhouse. There are several more courses just along the coast, including Quinta de Boavista in Lagos, which has glorious sea views, and Golfe do Morgado in Portimão (about 15km away).
Golfers: Carvoeiro is home to Quinta do Gramacho golf course, which has played host to the Portuguese Ladies Open.
Foodies: From the traditional Portuguese menus on Restaurant Hill to local gastronomy festivals, Carvoeiro holidays are full of flavour.
Shoppers: Browse the local shops for traditional Lagoa ceramics, which make charming souvenirs.
Language: The language spoken in Carvoeiro is Portuguese
Currency: The currency used in Carvoeiro is the Euro (€)
Local time: Carvoeiro is in the same time zone as GMT/UK time
Fly to: Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, about 64km east of Carvoeiro.
Flight time from UK: Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes
Tourist information: Further Carvoeiro tourist information can be found at www.visitportugal.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Carvoeiro.
Temperature: 12-24 (°C)
Boasting highs of 24 (°C) and up to 14 hours of sunshine a day, summer is the best time to enjoy Carvoeiro ‘s sandy beach. The weather starts to heat up early spring, with temperatures in the mid-teens by the middle of the season, before cooling to a very comfortable 15 by the end of autumn. Winters in Carvoeiro are relatively mild, making it a great time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds.
By bus: There’s a reliable bus network around the Algarve. Buy a tourist pass (passe turístico) for unlimited journeys over a three-day period.
By car: Getting around the Algarve is easy with a hire car, a great way to find the most amazing views and most authentic villages.
By taxi: The simplest option if you want to pop to one of neighbouring beach resorts. Prices increase by 20% between midnight and 6am.
Fairs: Every June, the town of Lagoa (6km away) spends a week celebrating Portuguese food, plus arts, crafts and family fun, at its Feiras e Exposições park. It’s followed by parades, live music and a dog show at the International Algarve Fair.
For foodies: In the town of Porches (10km away), July brings the annual Snail Festival food fair and tasty treats galore.
Local celebrations: On the last Sunday in August, Carvoeiro honours its saint with the Festa da Nossa Senhora da Encarnação. There are more celebrations across the whole Lagoa district in September with the Festa da Nossa Senhora da Luz.