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Many heading down to Europe’s western edge choose to stay in and around Carvoeiro, a fishing village turned whitewashed tourist haven in the western Algarve, less than an hour’s drive from Faro airport. A sleepier town than the bigger, bustling nearby cities of Lagos and Portimão, Carvoeiro has seen substantial growth since the 60s, with tourists of all kinds seeking to explore its hidden beaches, sculpted sea caves, and striking cliffs. Though it may have gained popularity, Carvoeiro is still the perfect escape by the beach for those seeking relaxation, year-round sunshine, a welcoming population, and excellent seafood.

Want to find out more about the town of Carvoeiro, Carvoeiro hotels, and things to do in the area? Then read on!

A Short History of Carvoeiro

A town steeped in history that dates back to Roman times, its name is thought to come from “Caboiere” – the word used for an Islamic-Medieval fishing settlement. From Moorish occupation to pirate attacks, the town’s certainly seen its fair share of action, the remnants of which can still be witnessed to this day. Examples include the ruins of a fort as well as the Chapel of Our Lady of the Incarnation to the East of Carvoeiro beach, which is believed to pre-date the fort.

Things to do in Carvoeiro, Portugal

There’s no shortage of things to see and do in Carvoeiro, from exploring the town’s historical sites to delving into the hidden wonders of the seascape by boat or kayak and observing the wildlife – whether on land or at sea – to delighting in freshly-caught fish at any one of the town’s renowned restaurants. 

Things to see in Carvoeiro, Portugal

The Carvoeiro area is known for its striking sceneries and cliffs sculpted over thousands of years. Though the most famous sea cave is Benagil, located a 15-minute drive from the main town of Carvoeiro, an equally striking display awaits only one kilometre east of Carvoeiro beach: the impressive rock formations of Algar Seco. An area of blow holes, caverns, and sea caves, the entire area can be explored by sea or on foot along a boardwalk that promises a surprise around every corner. 

Beaches in Carvoeiro

Perched on the edge of the cliffs themselves, the houses that make up the town of Carvoeiro lead down to its main beach, providing easy access to golden sands and the sparkling sea. However, other nearby beaches are also certainly worth exploring, from slightly further Praia da Marinha with its famous heart-shaped rock formations and title of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world to nearby Praia do Paraíso (Paradise beach), where a staircase snakes down the cliffs until it reaches the beach down below. Other options of beaches include the shallow, inviting sea at Vale do Covo and cave-lined Vale de Centeanes, which is the starting point for the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail.

Where to Eat and Drink in Carvoeiro

Known for its freshly caught fish and locally produced wine, the Carvoeiro area isn’t short on bars and restaurants to delight every sense. The famous Cocktail Garden provides a great atmosphere and great drink selection, while you can expect the finest Portuguese dining experience at Restaurant Bon Bon, Carvoeiro’s very own Michelin Star restaurant. Other local favourites include the exquisite dishes served at town-centre Restaurante O Patio and laid-back Taste Restaurant, its lounge and open-air seating bettered only by the taste sensations on offer.

Staying at the Rocha Brava Village Resort in Carvoeiro 

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay near Carvoeiro, 4-star Rocha Brava Village Resort provides all the relaxation you could need thanks to three on-site pools, four tennis courts, a supermarket, restaurant, and on-site entertainment for all ages. 

The perfect place to get away from it all while still being within easy reach of activities and an endless list of things to see and do, the Rocha Brava Village Resort provides an excellent option of accommodation in the Carvoeiro, Portugal area. 

Ready to book your stay? Then get in touch!

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