An excellent holiday destination for over half a century, the Algarve is the most popular tourist region of Portugal and one of the most beautiful parts of the Iberian peninsula. Surrounded by cliffs, whitewashed fishing villages overlooking sandy bays with pristine beaches and distinctive styles dot the coast, larger towns host festivals and busy bars and clubs and inland, spectacular views and perfect golf courses. The Algarve has a top-class name for high quality vacations, with value for money a key amongst the family-friendly people of Southern Portugal.
If you are looking for an Algarve holiday, make Quarteira your 2019 / 2020 holiday choice. Quarteira was one of the first resort towns to be established on the picturesque Algarve coastline and remains as popular as ever. Whether you are a family looking for an enjoyable all inclusive beach holiday with the kids, a couple looking for a romantic Mediterranean break or fun-seekers looking for great water-sports and lively clubs on your doorstep then a Quarteira holiday is a must. Within easy reach of Faro airport, this popular resort is famous for quality beaches, stone pine woods and seafood cuisine.
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In addition to the magnificent beach, Quarteira has plenty to do. At the Aquashow Park only a few kilometres away this clean and modern water park with helpful staff has a variety of slides, chutes and splash zones for all ages. With a wave pool and an exciting water roller coaster, prepare to get wet but if you want to stay dry there are animal and bird shows to keep the family occupied. If you want to some action, why not take a dolphin and whale watching boat trip or a more relaxing sail around the dazzling coastline?
A Quarteira holiday is a stone's throw away from some of the most picturesque golf courses in Portugal with a number of courses for all abilities within easy reach of the resort. If you have an eye for a bargain, Quarteira has a large, weekly gypsy flea market that attracts visitors from all over the Algarve with traditional pan-pipes, belts and items made of cork as well as clothes, shoes and bags.
Due to the high number of tourists and foreign residents in the area, holiday-makers will find a huge selection of cuisines from around the world. Traditional tapas bars sit next to fish restaurants, Indian and Chinese cuisine, Italian or a typical English breakfast making eating out ideal for groups and families with different tastes as you will find something to suit all tastes and pockets. Quarteira has an abundance of varied and stylish bars, cafes and restaurants from the promenade and Avenida Infante de Sagres serving beach snacks and seafood to the cosy bistros and traditionally styled restaurants a short walk into the city.
The Algarve is particularly well known for its fantastic seafood and freshly caught fish and shellfish is a speciality, prawns, grilled sardines and caldeirada fish stew are particularly tasty. These dishes can be washed down with a variety of local wines named after the biggest towns in the area. If a particular bottle suits your palette why not take a trip to an Algarve winery and enjoy the many flavours the local wine distilleries produce?
A Quarteira holiday is the perfect venue for any family visiting the Algarve. The resort has a traditional Portuguese welcoming feel with beaches, accommodation and bars and restaurants happy to cater for all ages, their close proximity to the beach an added bonus. The sandy beach is the focal point of the resort, the sand giving way to a calm sea make this a safe and tranquil place to spend a day in the sunshine. For a break from the beach, the Aquashow Park water park is a fun-packed family day with the opportunity to swim with sea lions an unforgettable experience. Zoomarine along the coast from Albufeira is a packed day out with dolphin and sea lion shows, bird of prey demonstrations and a tropical bird show, with a couple of kids pools to cool down at the end of the day.
If you are feeling a bit more competitive then Quarteira has water sports including surf-schools, tennis clubs, horse-riding centres and the Roma mini golf park in the centre of nearby Vilamoura with 18 hole mini golf courses and also a miniature golf course and play area for the kids.
Action & Adventure
There are numerous golf courses surrounding the Quarteira area, including the Vila Sol, Old Course and Laguna golf courses as well as the nearby Vilamoura Golf Academy. If speed is your pleasure, Almancil Karting is a great day out karting at an amazing circuit, a replica of the Jacarepagua Formula 1 circuit in Brazil. Quinta Quads will take you across country, up hills and down dusty tracks as karting goes off-road and for the thrill-seekers in the party, a Quarteira holiday has as many water sports as only the best of resorts. As well as speed boat tours and stand-up paddle boarding, balloon trips over the staggering coastline are available as groups, for the individual why not try skydiving on the Algarve?
Quarteira is famous for its amazing beach, a long stretch of golden sand that spans the length of the town. The long and open Praia de Quarteira is calm and serene due to a series of breakwaters, with a well-maintained, tidy beach the seashore is great for holidaymakers of all ages and is well-suited to young children and families. Parallel to the beach is an exquisite palm-decorated promenade known as the "Marginal", sprinkled with cafés and restaurants, many of which serve fresh fish caught that day. It is a delightful family-friendly walk along one of the Algarve's most stunning beaches.
A variety of beach sports are on offer in Quarteira including water-skiing, jet-skiing, paragliding and parasailing, wind-surfing and paddle-boarding. The choice is endless and a Quarteira holiday offers the best water sports available anywhere on the Algarve. If you need a rest, why not walk along to western end of the beach and see the local fishermen at work. The fish they catch are sold to local restaurants so you may well be able to see your tea and eat it!
Quarteira is a good choice for a relaxed and social holiday destination. The nightlife is more subdued than some of the surrounding cities and the focus is more on late night cafés and quiet restaurants. A Quarteira holiday is a great option for couples, more mature holidaymakers or young families. Life is never dull in this entertaining resort with a vast array of pubs and bars, the nightlife on this stretch of coast is not lacking. British and Irish pubs are here in numbers, live music and karaoke is easily found if you fancy a song and cocktail bars cater for those with more exotic tastes. If you want to try making the cocktails as well as drinking them, why not try a cocktail making masterclass, available in many cocktail bars in the resort.
Situated between Faro and Albufeira, Quarteira is a good base for trips into the livelier parts of the Algarve coast. Albufeira is the Algarve's most buzzing nightlife scene and over the years has become almost as famous for The Strip, the clubbing epicentre, as it has for its beaches. If you are looking to dance until 4am, The Strip is the place for you!
A walk into the 'old town' away from the beach gives any couple a more relaxed and cosy feel for a romantic meal or drinks away from the sea and sand. As a modern fishing village, Quarteira has a busier feel than some of the more traditional villages along the Algarve coastline. A short drive west along the striking coastline is a perfect day out for any couple who love small sandy beaches, quaint coves and sumptuous fish restaurants. Within an hour's drive any number of heavenly hamlets can be uncovered, Salema with its restaurants on the beach over-looking a gorgeous sunset as romantic a setting as imaginable.
Many resorts on the Algarve are a specialist holiday getaway guaranteeing comfort and enjoyment but any Quarteira holiday can be an invigorating cultural experience. A short trip to Faro will show you a city with attractions as diverse as the Festival of Live Arts and Music featuring international musicians, food and dancing. With Artists on hand to demonstrate their abilities, stilt walkers and fire-eaters, a fashion show and avant-garde theatre group and special children's areas there is something for all the family to enjoy. Alternatively, the 36 year old International Motorcycle Festival goes on for four days in the city and is a little louder, the people of Faro happy to indulge in most celebrations.
Faro’s old town is a traditional Mediterranean vista, winding lanes, cobbled streets, interesting shops and cafes and a welcome break from the beach. Dominating the skyline, Faro Cathedral is a classic example of the 17th Century architecture of the city with the bell tower especially worth a visit and a sun dial dating back a further 300 years. The more difficult to find Palacio de Estoi is a pretty ancient palace with serene gardens and large areas to walk around and enjoy the peace and quiet in the middle of the city.