Carvoeiro is a Family Friendly Resort situated in the Algarve, Portugal
Carvoeiro was a traditional small fishing village but has become an incredibly popular resort with visitors and has developed a healthy holiday rentals market with a large selection of Villa rentals to keep pace.
Carvoeiro is very popular for family holidays as there is such a large choice of self-catering accommodation and has all the things you are likely to want in quite a compact area around the town centre.
A lot of the accommodation is in new residential areas on the outskirts as the developments have spread, but it is all in keeping - this isn't an area of high rise hotels and apartment blocks.
Carvoeiro is approximately 45 minutes drive from Faro Airport.
It's one claim to fame, historically speaking, is that in 1554 a naval battle took place off Cape Carvoeiro when a Portuguese flotilla attacked the Turkish corsair, Xaramet, and destroyed his fleet. Today the most activity you are likely to see is people enjoying the beach and the local fishermen bringing in their catches!
The centre of Carvoeiro isn't very big and there are just two roads leading down into the town where they meet in a small square behind the beach. There is no parking in the square since it was given a re-vamp in 2009-10 so be prepared to find parking up one of the side streets away from the centre.
There are plenty of small knick knack shops in the town for your everyday needs and because they are used to catering for British visitors you will be able to find most of your normal groceries.
There is also a big Intermarché (supermarket chain)on the Lagoa road on the outskirts of Carvoeiro for even more choice.
The town beach, Carvoeiro is approximately 45 minutes drive from Faro Airport. is a beautifully sheltered sandy bay and spreads out just in front of the square with cliffs protecting it on either side. There are bars and cafés ideally placed around the square to still enjoy the view when you leave the beach!
Watersports like jetskis and pedaloes are available at the beach for those who like messing about on the water and there are a couple of diving schools based in Carvoeiro if you prefer to be under the water. The local fishermen also make use of their boats during the day to offer visitors the chance to take boat trips around the coastline and to see the caves.
There is a huge selection of bars, restaurants and cafés all within easy walking distance of the centre and with a wide choice of food.
The cliff tops around Carvoeiro offer plenty of scope for walking and some great views. and there are some bars and restaurants perched on the side of the cliff where you can stop for a refreshment.You may also come across some 'algares' which are holes in the cliff where the sea has eaten it away from underneath - there are some near the lighthouse at Cabo de Carvoeiro - luckily they are fenced around and it just shows how fragile the cliffs can be. Also on the cliff above Carvoeiro are the remains of the walls of the Fort of Senhora da Conceição dating from the 17th century, inside which is the hermitage of Nossa Senhora da Encarnação (Our Lady of the Incarnation).
The town beach is quite small when it comes to accommodating the numbers of visitors in Carvoeiro during the summer, but there are also lots of little coves surrounding Carvoeiro and are easy to get to. such as Praia da Marinha and Praia de Vale de Centianes.
Carvoeiro is also ideally situated for family fun days out. There are two water parks within easy reach - the closest being Slide and Splash at Lagoa and Aqualand just slightly further away at Alcantarilha. If water parks aren't for you then there is Zoomarine Sealife park at Guia and Krazy World at Algoz to choose from.
If you have something a little more relaxing in mind, then a trip to Silves is a lovely day out with it's Moorish castle and riverside walks. A walk around the castle walls allows you to have a bird's eye view of the town and surrounding countryside and there are lots of pavement cafés to stop for a cool drink afterwards! There are also boat trips to Silves up the Arade river from Portimão river front which give you about an hour to see a bit of Silves (before the tide is too low to return) for a different view of the countryside.
For the shoppers amongst you then either Portimão to the west of Carvoeiro or Algarve Shopping mall at Guia (near Albufeira) to the east (both about 15 minutes away) offer plenty of chances to spend some money! Even the non-shoppers can enjoy Algarve Shopping - there are plenty of seats in the sunshine and lots of restaurants and cafés in the food hall! It's open until late in the evening, so no need to miss out on beach time either!
If you are venturing to Portimão from Carvoeiro by car, there are plenty of car parks, but the best advice is to use the first one you come to - it has a very confusing road system and much of it is along narrow, one-way streets with cars parked on both sides and a distinct lack of signs! The shopping is particularly good for leather goods, clothes and perfumes.
Twice a week the tourist train that runs around Carvoeiro ventures a little further afield to Ferragudo which is just along the coast on the opposite bank of the Arade estuary to Portimão. It gives you a couple of hours to explore the town before bringing you back.
Of course, there is absolutely no need to leave Carvoeiro at all as there is plenty to do and to see right on the doorstep - it really is a lovely spot and well deserves it's reputation as a top Algarve holiday destination.
Carvoeiro, west Algarve, Portugal!
Introduction to Carvoeiro
This was a very small intimate fishing village that has lost any resemblance to its modest origins. In 1965 a foreign resident wrote about the place - “the mode of living remains essentially medieval”. Then there came the tourists and the money. Today, the village spreads to the east and west with expensive villas and comfortable holiday apartments. The one and only village street has now become three, each lined with bars, smart restaurants and tourist shops. Happily, there are still examples of the older quaint small houses tucked in between the more recent ones. A 36-Hole Golf and Holiday Complex can be found to the west of the village together with a well run Tennis Centre. To the east and on the outskirts is a further 9-Hole Course. A couple of Lawn Bowling Clubs add to the choice of sport. The area has long been considered a excellent area for tourist to acquire property and also due to the variety and pleasure provided its many small beaches. High cliffs surround most of these, and some of which have eroded to create beckoning dark caves most of which are only accessible at low tide. Beaches to visit are Praia de Centianes, Praia de Carvalho, Praia de Benagil, Praia de Marinha and Praia da Albandeira.
Carvoeiro - Nearby Locations
To the west and near to Carvoeiro is the village of Ferragudo, which still remains as a virtually un-spoilt small fishing village. Lagoa, the nearby area administrative town is also close to the birth place of the 11th Century renown Arab poet "Ibn Ammar". Inland is the typical inland small village of Porches. Another place that is a must to be visited is the inland historic and interesting city of Silves with its remains of its castle as a reminder of its greater past. Map of Carvoeiro.
Information courtesy of general internet research and algarveuncovered.com, portugal-info.net, tripadvisor.com, algarve-guides.com and many more sources
Villa Rentals in Carvoieroand holiday rentals in the Algarve Portugal in general are big business so you should expect to be treated with professionalism and with courtesy