Carvoeiro

Travel Guide
Marinha Beach which includes rugged coastline and general coastal views

This fishing village turned vacation resort presents a lovely scene of whitewashed houses centered around a picturesque sandy bay that’s ideal for sunbathing, swimming and watersports. 

While much of Portugal’s premier tourist region, the Algarve, has been heavily developed to accommodate tourists, the small, low-rise village of Carvoeiro has managed to retain its old-world character. Lounge on the small beach, embark on challenging hikes along coastal trails and enjoy meals at clifftop restaurants overlooking the coast.

Historically, Carvoeiro was a fishing community with most of the locals earning a living by catching tuna. The peaceful little settlement has had a relatively uneventful past, except for one major occurrence: In 1554, a naval battle took place in the bay here between a Portuguese fleet and a Turkish privateer.

Life in this town revolves around Praia do Carvoeiro (Carvoeiro Beach), a small strip of sand around which cliffs rise, providing shelter. Lay out on the golden sand, cool off during a swim in the sea or rent Jet Skis or a paddleboat and venture out onto the water. On the surrounding slopes there are restaurants and bars with views of the beach.

Follow hiking trails along the coastal cliffs near Carvoeiro. Look for the ruins of the 17th-century Fort of Senhora da Conceição and the still-working Lighthouse of Cabo Carvoeiro, which stands on a bluff overlooking the coast.

Rent a kayak and paddle around the coast, looking for holes in the cliffs. These holes, known as “algares,” are the result of erosion.

Carvoeiro makes a great base for exploring the Algarve. Families may want to spend a day at the nearby Slide and Splash waterpark at Lagoa. Also worthy of a daytrip is the town of Silves, which has a Moorish castle. The town is just a 30-minute drive from Caroveiro.

Find Carvoeiro on Portugal’s Algarve coast, just east of Portimão. To get here, fly into Faro Airport and then drive or arrange for a transfer to take you 40 miles (65 kilometers) west to Carvoeiro.

The village is compact and easy to traverse on foot, but if you want to visit other regional attractions or are staying in the hills outside town, having a car will make it easier to get around.

Rocha Brava Village Resort
Rocha Brava Village Resort
4 out of 5
The price is €83 per night from 9 Oct to 9 Oct
Situated in Carvoeiro, this golf resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Benagil Beach, Carvoeiro Beach and Marinha Beach. Slide and Splash Water Park and Senhora da ...
4.2/5Excellent! (441 reviews)
"Comfortable bed but terrible pillows. Lack of a dishwasher was annoying."

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2021

Rocha Brava Village Resort
Tivoli Carvoeiro
Tivoli Carvoeiro
5 out of 5
Apartado 1299, Vale Do Covo, Praia do Carvoeiro, Carvoeiro
The price is €179 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
This family-friendly Carvoeiro hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Algar Seco Rocks and Carvoeiro Beach. Benagil Beach is 2.4 mi (3.8 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (970 reviews)
"Beautiful idyllic property."

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2021

Tivoli Carvoeiro
Monte Santo Resort
Monte Santo Resort
5 out of 5
Monte Santo Aldeamento Turistico, Rua Joao Paulo II, Carvoeiro
The price is €133 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
This family-friendly Carvoeiro resort is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Carvoeiro Tennis Club, Paraiso Beach and Carvoeiro Beach. Carvoeiro Boardwalk ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (351 reviews)
A good base to explore the Algarve
"Resort had only partially re-opened when we arrived, although this was not clear when we booked, Disappointing there was no bar or restaurant open. Accommodation very good, but an upgrade of some of the facilities in the apartment would make it excellent. A car is useful as located out of the ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2021

Monte Santo Resort
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Colina da Lapa & Villas
Colina da Lapa & Villas
3 out of 5
Sesmarias - Vale de Lapa, Carvoeiro
The price is €53 per night from 9 Oct to 9 Oct
This family-friendly Carvoeiro aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Carneiros Beach and Carvoeiro Beach. Grande Beach and Portimao Harbor are also within 3 miles ...
4.4/5Excellent! (56 reviews)
Couple stay in one bedroom apartment
"Really great, we ended up extending our trip."

Reviewed on 9 Jun 2021

Colina da Lapa & Villas
Pestana Palm Gardens
Pestana Palm Gardens
4 out of 5
Vale De Centeanes, Carvoeiro
The price is €62 per night from 15 Oct to 15 Oct
This family-friendly Carvoeiro aparthotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Vale Centeanes Beach and Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos. Benagil ...
4.3/5Excellent! (194 reviews)
"A very unique and beautiful property! Staff were so friendly and accommodating."

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2020

Pestana Palm Gardens
Hello Villas
Hello Villas
4 out of 5
Rampa do Mato Serrão, 20, Carvoeiro
The price is €73 per night from 6 Oct to 6 Oct
Situated by the sea, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Carvoeiro Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Benagil Beach and Slide and Splash Water Park. Marinha ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (59 reviews)
"Pool area is very good and staff extremely helpful and friendly"

Reviewed on 2 Oct 2020

Hello Villas
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