Carvoeiro once was just a pretty fishing village, but has now grown into a small lively town, which still retains its charm with many pretty Algarvian cottages nestling around the central beach. The picture postcard beach setting with its colourful fishing boats is a delight and the boats are still used on a daily basis to catch the local fish which can be purchased from the market.
Although now a small town it has not become an impersonal commercialised tourist town. It is still quaint with many small cobbled backstreets weaving amongst the small prettily painted Algarvian cottages. Sitting alongside are a multitude of fantastic restaurants which cater for many different tastes. Of course there are the obvious Portuguese restaurants which serve local dishes and many different types of delicious seafood. There are also Spanish, Indian, Chinese, Italian and Moroccan cuisines on offer.
Carvoeiro is an ideal holiday resort – it is very central for touring to many local attractions such as Zoomarine, where you can swim with the dolphins, Slide and Splash and Aqualand water parks, various small zoos, the mountains of Monchique, the historic town of Silves and so much more.
The beaches in the Carvoeiro area are breathtakingly beautiful and although the majority are cove type beaches there are a couple of long flat beaches in Armaçao de Pera and Praia da Rocha. Visit some of the closer beaches at Marinha, Albandeira, Benagil and Centeannes beach – just a few of the many on offer.
Ferragudo, the next village going west from Carvoeiro is also very picturesque, a very active fishing village, with many local restaurants - it is just next door to Portimao – which is one of the Algarve’s main fishing ports. There are many river and sea trips that can be taken from here – visit Silves by boat going along the wonderfully scenic Arade river or visit the caves and cliffs at Algar Seco. Whilst you are here enjoy a lunchtime meal at one of the small restaurants and try some of the local grilled or barbecued Sardines – tastes nothing like the tinned Sardines that you get back in the UK!!
The Algarve is famous for its excellent range of golf courses - Over 300 days of sunny weather all year round makes it another reason to visit the Algarve. A few more local courses close to Carvoeiro are Palmares, Penina, Gramacho, Silves, Salgados and the 9 hole par 3 course at Vale do Milho.
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