Whether you’re looking for a family holiday to the Algarve or a relaxing trip with friends, Carvoeiro is a great versatile destination. There’s a little bit of everything in Carvoeiro and that’s why it attracts all kinds of holidaymakers. Kids will love the beaches, water sports and water parks that are on offer. But Carvoeiro is also brilliant if you’re interested in history or fancy a boogie at the local nightspots.
One of the main reasons for visiting Carvoeiro is to enjoy its beaches, which are some of the best on the Algarve. The golden sands are perfect for working on your tan or for building sandcastles. There’s tonnes of watersports on offer, including jet-skiing and kayaking. You can even hop aboard one of the boat trips which explore the nooks and crannies of the coastline. More water fun can be enjoyed at a couple of water parks which are within easy reach of Carvoeiro.
If you like to learn a little something on your holiday, then Carvoeiro has several historic monuments to take a peek at. Most of them are dotted along the coastline, including a 17th-century chapel and pretty lighthouse. When the sun sets in Carvoeiro, there’s still loads to do. The village is a bustling place during the evening, with clubs, bars and restaurants. There’s some delicious local grub on offer at the eateries here, including seafood and that Portuguese favourite: Piri-Piri chicken. If you fancy kicking on after dinner, you can enjoy a few drinks at the local nightspots. A handful of casinos have recently opened in Carvoeiro too if you’re feeling lucky.
A relaxing day out is on the cards when you make the short trip to Silves. It’s more of a traditional Portuguese town, with a Moorish castle that provides great views over the surrounding countryside. Why not embark upon a stroll along the Arade River and relax with a cool beer on one of the cafes found on the banks. You can even take a boat tour on the water if you want to sit back and relax.
Holidaymakers in search of a top souvenir on their holiday to Carvoeiro should make the effort to visit Portimao. It’s one of the best places in the whole of the Algarve for shopping. There’s retail parks, shopping centres, as well as more traditional stores selling leather goods. When you’re feeling peckish at the end of some retail therapy, head to Portimao’s fish restaurants, found next to the river. The smell of barbequed sardines will guide you there!
Like Carvoeiro, there’s a little bit of history and a little bit of nightlife to be found in the lively city of Lagos. It’s one of the most popular resorts in the Algarve, with tonnes of restaurants, bars and buzzing clubs found in the city centre. If you’re looking for a little more peace and quiet, head to Lagos’ old town where you’ll find ancient Moorish walls. There are also nice views over Lagos’ harbour from here.
You’ll have no troubles at all in keeping the kids busy in Carvoeiro. There’s two water parks within easy reach of Carvoeiro - Slide and Splash, at Lagoa and Aqualand, at Alcantarilha. If you don’t want to spend the day splashing around on slides, then get up close to some wildlife at the Zoomarine Sealife Park.
Make sure you pack a sturdy pair of shoes for your holiday to Carvoeiro because there’s plenty of opportunities for a ramble. The best walking trails are along the coastline, with some great views available. You’ll come across the remains of the Senhora da Conceição 17th-century fort and chapel on the cliffs above Carvoeiro. The pretty lighthouse is also worth strolling to.
Many holidaymakers in Carvoeiro find their sea legs and join one of the boat tours weaving in and out of the caves and arches on the dramatic coastline. These are pretty small vessels, so they can enter caves and you can get a good look inside. The boat tours generally last a couple of hours, although they can be extended to include dolphin spotting trips.
Beaches in Carvoeiro
Carvoeiro’s main beach, Praia do Carvoeiro, is in a sheltered sandy bay, just in front of the village square. You’ll still be able to see the beach when you’re sitting outside at one of the cafes and bars. You can hire jet skis and pedalos from the beach if you fancy a splash around. When you’re looking for a change of scenery, visit the nearby beaches of Praia da Marinha and Praia de Vale de Centianes.
Expect plenty of delicious freshly-caught fish and seafood on the menu when you visit the Algarve. It’s delicious when washed down with a chilled glass of Portuguese white wine. The Portuguese favourite of Piri-Piri chicken is never far away either, although you can try some of the lesser-known local favourites. Feijoada is a thick bean stew containing pork, bacon and sausage, while Bife a Portuguesa is a sirloin steak topped with smoked ham.
Restaurants in Carvoeiro
You won’t be short on somewhere to eat or drink in Carvoeiro. There’s tonnes of bars and restaurants within easy walking distance of the village square. The best bit is that most of the food here will only make a tiny dent in your wallet.
Carvoeiro is a brilliant Algarve holiday destination whatever you’re interested in doing. Whether it’s relaxing, keeping the kids entertained or partying into the early hours, Carvoeiro has something for you. The best way of getting to Carvoeiro is by booking your holiday with easyJet holidays. It will even save you some money when you book a hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays. If you’re still in two minds, take a look at our other Algarve destination guides.