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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.

Tivoli Carvoeiro
Tivoli Carvoeiro
5 out of 5
Apartado 1299, Vale Do Covo, Praia do Carvoeiro, Carvoeiro
The price is €144 per night from 9 May to 9 May
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! (986 reviews)
Amazing couple holiday
"We went for a couple weekend what was absolute AMAZING well recommend the place is unreal and the staff is nice, well prepared, smiling all the time. The room was fab amazing view, nice size, pillow OMG I loved want same for my house."

Reviewed on 2 Nov 2020

Tivoli Carvoeiro
Rocha Brava Village Resort
Rocha Brava Village Resort
4 out of 5
The price is €79 per night from 14 May to 14 May
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! (434 reviews)
"Lots to do there, so no real need to go into town. Spotlessly clean"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2020

Rocha Brava Village Resort
Monte Santo Resort
Monte Santo Resort
5 out of 5
Monte Santo Aldeamento Turistico, Rua Joao Paulo II, Carvoeiro
The price is €106 per night from 24 May to 24 May
This family-friendly Carvoeiro resort is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Paraiso Beach and Carvoeiro Beach. Carvoeiro Boardwalk and Algar Seco ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (342 reviews)
Amazing
"It was great! Superb facilities and staff. Will be back there soon. A very minor thing missing was some tea and coffee in the room which I think should be standard in a 5 star establishment."

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2020

Monte Santo Resort
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Algar Seco Parque
Algar Seco Parque
3 out of 5
Rua das Flores, Carvoeiro, Lagoa
The price is €173 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Carvoeiro Boardwalk and Algar Seco Rocks. Carvoeiro Beach and Vale Centeanes Beach are also ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Charming, comfortable and stunning sea views!
"Wonderful hotel for a Christmas week getaway with family. The hotel staff were so friendly and welcoming from pre-arrival to departure. We had a two bedroom bungalow with all comforts and charm. We all enjoyed our Christmas stay with the cozy fireplace and used the heated pool as well which was a ..."

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2021

Algar Seco Parque
Colina da Lapa & Villas
Colina da Lapa & Villas
3 out of 5
Sesmarias - Vale de Lapa, Carvoeiro
The price is €69 per night from 19 May to 19 May
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! (51 reviews)
Awesome surprised!
"Very surprised with the apartment. Clean, quiet, comfortable and super big!!"

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2020

Colina da Lapa & Villas
Colina Village
Colina Village
3 out of 5
Poco Partido, Carvoeiro
The price is €65 per night from 27 May to 27 May
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Vale de Milho Golf and within 3 miles (5 km) of Benagil Beach and Carvoeiro Beach. Vale Centeanes ...
4/5Very Good! (27 reviews)
Not great
"Very uncomfortable beds. No view at all. Ants in room."

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2019

Colina Village
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Reviews of Carvoeiro

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4/5 - Good

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12 Mar 2020

Nice but parking a bit difficult. Shops and restaurants ok

5/5 - Excellent

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11 Mar 2020

Beautiful little town, lovely restaurants, nice beach and sights.

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Jan 2020

Great area, out of season this place is fantastic. At high season this area of the Algarve can get very crowded.

3/5 - Okay

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10 Nov 2019

not much to do! but great for the Sandcity which is a must on your visit

3/5 - Okay

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23 Oct 2019

Quiet small village

5/5 - Excellent

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23 Oct 2019

The bach was lovely and only a 5 minute drive from the hotel