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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.

Top hotels in Carvoeiro

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Tivoli Carvoeiro
Tivoli Carvoeiro
5 out of 5
Apartado 1299, Vale Do Covo, Praia do Carvoeiro, Carvoeiro
The price is €195 per night

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! (984 reviews)

"The scenery was beautiful and the overall property was well kept and very clean."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Tivoli Carvoeiro
Hello Villas
Hello Villas
4 out of 5
Rampa do Mato Serrão, 20, Carvoeiro
The price is €88 per night

Situated by the sea, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Paraiso Beach and Carvoeiro Beach. Carvoeiro Boardwalk and Algar Seco Rocks are also within 2 miles ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (51 reviews)

"The staff here were awesome. So accommodating that I kept staying extra nights. The rooms and the pool were fantastic. Everything is up today. The area is very peaceful and safe and so close to the main town area."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019

Hello Villas
Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa
Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
The price is €128 per night

Situated in Carvoeiro, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Slide and Splash Water Park, Carvoeiro Beach and Algar Seco Rocks. Benagil Beach and Portimao ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (263 reviews)

"We had a lovely stay. The rooms were comfortable and roomy. The breakfast was good. The staff were friendly and helpful. The bar menu could have a couple more light meals on it. You do need a car to get into Carvoeiro."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa

Popular places to visit in Carvoeiro

Benagil Beach
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Benagil Beach

4.5/5(59 reviews)

Lounge on the golden sands of this cliff-enclosed beach and take a boat over to the much-photographed Benagil sea cave, famous for its open dome ceiling.

Albufeira Old Town Square
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Albufeira Old Town Square

4/5(408 reviews)

Framed by bars, galleries and shops, this leafy plaza is a great starting point for exploring the treasures of Albufeira’s historic center. 

Top things to do in Carvoeiro

Zoomarine Park
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Zoomarine Park

€29
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour
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Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour

€20
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Caves & Coast Tours (Benagil - Marinha Beach)
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Caves & Coast Tours (Benagil - Marinha Beach)

€35
Per adult
Silves and Monchique Mountain Half-Day Tour
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Silves and Monchique Mountain Half-Day Tour

€20
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Sailing Yacht: Beach BBQ Trip
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Sailing Yacht: Beach BBQ Trip

€68
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Faro Airoport Transfer To Carvoeiro (8 Seats Vans)
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Faro Airoport Transfer To Carvoeiro (8 Seats Vans)

€69
Per adult