Introducing Holidays to Carvoeiro
Once a traditional Portuguese fishing village, Carvoeiro has a long and rich history. Prior to its rebirth as a popular tourist destination, villagers survived on catches of tuna and lived in relative isolation. The recently re-vamped town centre is very small and has two main roads leading in. While the town itself is compact and unassuming, Carvoeiro claim to fame took place in 1554, when a Portuguese flotilla attacked and destroyed the Turkish corsair Xaramet off the Cape Carvoeiro.
Visitors to Portugal became aware of Carvoeiro as a little-known gem, a destination with just the right blend of entertainment and seclusion hidden in the popular Algarve region. Due to its obvious charms, its popularity has grown steadily ever since. Perfect for couples, families and individuals, Carvoeiro has retained its small, traditional village charm while also updating for the modern world. White buildings are nestled atop the majestic cliffs, while the town’s beach, Praia do Carvoeiro, is wonderfully sheltered with soft sand and scenic views of the swaying blue waters.
Life's a Beach in Carvoeiro
As a seaside town, Carvoeiro naturally is known for its beautiful beach and cliff top area. The cliff tops themselves offer outstanding views of the coastline and sea, as well as plenty of opportunities for invigorating walks. Along the cliffs, you may stumble across some ‘algares’, holes from erosion by the sea to the underside of the cliff. On the cliff above Carvoeiro stand the remaining walls of the Fort of Senhora de Conceicao, which dates back to the 17th century.
While the beach itself is fairly small for the amount of visitors during the summer months, there are several other delightful beaches just a short journey away from the town including Praia de Vale de Centianes and Praia de Marinha. There’s also a lighthouse at Cabo de Carvoeiro and plenty of local fishermen in the area who offer visitors boat trips around the coastline and to explore the local caves.
Carvoeiro’s popularity is owing to its beautiful scenery and ideal location for fun days out. As the village is steeped in history, the Moorish castle at Silves makes a fascinating and educational day out with pleasant riverside walks. You may also wish to take a boat trip from the Portimao river front up the Arade river to Silves, which gives you close to an hour to walk around Silves before the tides make it necessary for the boat to return. Carvoeiro is well-situated for entertaining family days out, also. There are two water parks in close proximity, the Slide and Splash at Lagoa and Aqualand, a bit further away at Alcantarilha. Other local attractions in the area include the Zoomarine Sealife Park at Guia and Krazy World at Algoz.
There are plenty of car parks around Carvoeiro, although not in the town square itself since it was revamped in 2009. The shopping area is well worth a visit, as its well known for excellent perfumes, clothes and leather goods. Townspeople are familiar and friendly with tourists and there are plenty of shops in the town itself, perfect to pick up souvenirs and presents before you head home.