10 Things to do in Carvoeiro Portugal

Looking for a summer destination in Portugal? Carvoeiro is a resort on the Algarve which offers plenty for families; an accessible beach and nearby water park. For other travellers there are quieter beaches, walking opportunities and a variety of bars and restaurants. I’ve gathered 10 things to do in Carvoeiro to give you some ideas.

The Algarve has long been a travel destination for British tourists, under 3 hours flight time from the UK and plenty of budget flight options. The area offers beautiful beaches and year round sunshine, with the hottest temperatures in July an average 24°C (74°F). Away from the bigger resorts and golfing destinations, Carvoeiro is a coastal fishing village that has been developed to provide plenty of accommodation including a range of quality self-catering villas. Carvoeiro has quaint traditional architecture and a beach accessible from the town centre. An hours drive from Faro Airport, situated just in the western district of the Algarve, it makes for a lovely place to holiday.

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10 things to do in Carvoeiro

1. Carvoeiro Beach

For most people their holiday priority is the beach. Praia do Carvoeiro, accessible straight from the town square. Golden sands, protected by cliffs and lined with bars and cafes. Family friendly and the perfect place to pass the day or the week.

2. Alternative local beaches

Along the coast and a bit quieter: Praia de Benagil and Praia da Marinha offer less facilities but the same clear water and soft sands.

Things to do away from the beach

4. Fishing Boat trips

Take a trip around the coast line, enjoy being out on the sparkling clear water, spot marine life and see how the ocean has carved caves into the cliffs.

5. Algar Seco

Accessible from the coast road or coast path, take the steps down to Algar Secor. Fascinating rock formations, grottos, blow holes and overhangs, created by the Atlantic.

6. Water Park

A family friendly day out and alternative to the beach,  Slide and Splash water park is a 20 minute drive from Carvoeiro (check the website for book-able pick up and drop off transport). A huge park, with a variety of slides and pools. Take time out of the water to see reptiles and bird displays.

7. Walk

There are many beautiful walking opportunities. Either hugging the cliffs with views out to the ocean, or in-land amongst Almond trees.  Check out Map My Walk for ideas local to Carvoeiro.

Eating and drinking

8. Drink

Portugal’s most famous drink, Porto is a sweet red wine, typically served with dessert. It is worth seeking out the less known dry and white varies.

Local Portuguese wine. The Algarve region produces Alicante Bouschet, Syrah and Aragonês red wines, from grapes that thrive in dry, hot climate of the area.

Cocktails: Bar Havana is a Cuban inspired bar, Estr. do Farol 68 Carvoeiro. Serving cocktails, beers and bar snacks.

9. Eat like a local

Bacalhau or Salt cod, a local staple dish.

A traditional favourite Caldo verde, soup made from potato, onion, olive oil, cabbage and sausage. Found on many Portuguese menus.

Carvoeiro is a fishing village so where better to enjoy Cataplana seafood stew cooked in a copper double-pan, served with rice or chips.

10. Sweet treats

Famous Portuguese sweet treat is the Pastel de Nata, an egg tart pastry.  Addictive and delicious with coffee. No trip to Portugal is complete without tasting a Pastel de Nata.

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10 reasons to book a holiday to Carvoeiro.

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  1. Gemma Evans

    Carvoeiro looks like a quaint place to visit. I went to Lisbon a few months back (first visit to Portugal) and would love to explore more of the country. Pastel de Nata are SO tasty! I ate as many of them as I could while I was there — even the ones sold at the airport were delicious 🙂

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