Families and older holidaymakers can enjoy some much-needed peace and quiet on a relaxing holiday to Quarteira. Found on the outskirts of the Algarve golfing hotspot of Vilamoura, Quarteira is perfect for those looking to get away from it all. Think of days spent lounging around on the beach, maybe with the odd game of golf squeezed in. When the sun sets, unwind with a cocktail in one of the beachside bars after enjoying a delicious dinner of fresh seafood.
The beautiful beaches of Quarteira are the main reason why holidaymakers head here. They’re perfect for kids who can spend the day playing on the sand or splashing in the sea. More energetic visitors can take part in one of the watersports on offer, such as windsurfing or parasailing. If you’re looking to explore more of the coast, then why not book a place on a boat cruise. You can see interesting hidden caves or even get a glimpse of a dolphin. When you return to shore, bag a souvenir at Quarteira’s weekly craft market.
To really make the most of your holiday to Quarteira, hire a car and explore. You’ll need the boot space if you’re a keen golfer, although it’ll only take a couple of minutes to reach the courses of Vilamoura. You can also visit the bustling market town of Loule or learn about the history of Faro. There’s far more to see in Faro than just its airport.
It only takes a few minutes to stroll along the seafront and reach Vilamoura from Quarteira. You’ll come across plenty of pricey yachts floating on the water in Vilamoura’s marina. There are also shops here to have a browse around. If you’ve still got energy left, wander to the beach on the far side of Vilamoura. You can also hop aboard one of the tourist trains that pick up holidaymakers in Vilamoura and trundle around the resort.
The capital of the Algarve is perfect for a day trip from Quarteira. There’s a small marina, but one of the main reasons for travelling to Faro is to explore the city’s history. You can take a look at the remains of the old city walls, the Bishop’s palace and the 13th-century cathedral. The views from the cathedral tower are worth the trip alone. You can also catch a boat from Faro which will take you on a tour of the lagoons and marshes in the Ria Formosa National Park.
Away from the coast, Loule is a bustling market town where you can get a taste of traditional Portuguese life. Loule’s North African-inspired market is the biggest in the Algarve and it’s particularly lively at the weekend when the stalls spill out onto the cobbled side streets. Loule’s Museu Municipal is also worth a visit if you’re keen to brush up on your history.
Beaches and golf are at the top of the to-do list for many visitors to Quarteira. You can hire a set of clubs in Quarteira before making the short journey to Vilamoura. There are five excellent courses for around in Vilamoura. These include the Victoria, which is the setting for the annual Portugal Masters. Green fees depend on the course, although it’s generally more expensive in the cooler Autumn months.
Quarteira’s famous weekly market - known as the ‘gypsy market’ - attracts traders from all around the area. There’s everything you could possibly imagine for a souvenir here; tablecloths, leather handbags, shoes and pottery. Make sure you bring your haggling skills along to secure the best possible price.
Pack your sea legs for a holiday to Quarteira because there’s lots of different boat trips available from nearby Vilamoura. You can spend an afternoon or a whole day on the waves. Cruises include tours of the caves and coastline, deep sea fishing and dolphin spotting. If you’re really looking to splash the cash, you can charter your own private yacht.
Beaches in Quarteira
Quarteira’s beach runs the whole length of the town and it’s full of families enjoying themselves. Lifeguards keep a close eye on children during the summer months. Those who are young at heart can head into the skies on a parasailing ride. When you’re feeling peckish, there’s tons of restaurants along the coastline. They’re perfect for a leisurely lunch while you take in the seaside views.
The smell of grilling sardines will never be far away on your holiday to the Algarve. The fresh seafood is absolutely delicious here. You can order seabass, swordfish, prawns, clams and almost every other ocean delight that you could imagine. Meat lovers can also find something to make their taste buds tingle here, with hearty stews and tender steaks. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, make sure you order the handmade almond pastries. They’re fantastic with your morning coffee.
Restaurants in Quarteira
If you’re looking for some grilled seafood, then there are plenty of eateries next to Quarteira’s beach. But foodies should also hover around the small bars in the back streets of Quarteira. There’s an excellent tapas scene here, where you can taste some inventive seafood, such as clams in garlic and olive oil or gooseneck barnacles. They’re perfect when washed down with a glass of the native Super Bock beer.
Unwind and indulge on a relaxing holiday to Quarteira. It’s a brilliant place for lounging around on the beach, enjoying a round of golf and tucking into the delicious local grub. There’s no hassle when it comes to booking your holiday, if you opt to go to Quarteira with easyJet holidays. You’ll even save yourself some money by booking your hotel and flight at the same time with easyJet holidays. If you’re still in two minds, take a look at our other Algarve destination guides.