Algarve | Carvoeiro as a destination
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Carvoeiro as a destination

Carvoeiro is a small beach resort set in a cleft of cliffs, surrounded by a mix of traditional white washed houses, narrow cobbled streets and luxurious private villas with lovely mature gardens. The village is very picturesque, offering great snapshots of many peoples ideal of the Algarve. The cliffs and hilly pathways offer the most amazing views along the coastline with its many caves, grottoes and cove beaches.

Praia do Carvoeiro is located between Albufeira and Portimão, the village itself is small, consisting basically of a few streets. But these streets offer a huge selection of restaurants, shops, bar and other services for your everyday needs. The town beach, Praia do Carvoeiro is a beautifully sheltered sandy bay and spreads out just in front of the square with cliffs protecting it on either side. There are bars and cafés ideally placed around the square to still enjoy the view when you leave the beach!

From the centre of the village the resort spreads out both to the east towards Porches and Armação de Pêra, and to the West towards Ferragudo and Portimão.

The beach at Carvoeiro is right off the main square and easily accessible, parking in the centre of Carvoeiro can be a challenge, but there are some parking areas outside the centre and there is (a paid) parking on the road leading out from the centre. The coloured fishing boats so emblematic of the Algarve are a constant on the beach and are a bright backdrop for the watersports available here.

The beaches in this area tend to be smaller cove beaches, but they are of exceptional beauty. Some require a strenuous walk down and back up, cliff steps but the effort is worth it.

Not to be missed are the other beaches close to Carvoeiro such as; Albandeira, Benagil, Marinha (One of the most beautiful beaches in Europe), Pria do Carvalho, Vale de Centeanes.

You should also take a walk along the clifftops at Algar Seco and along the new Carvoeiro boardwalk and be amazed by the strange rock formations and sea caves. The local fishermen also make use of their boats during the day to offer visitors the chance to take boat trips around the coastline and to see the caves, an opportunity not to be missed.

Watersports like jetskis and pedaloes are available at the beach for those who like messing about on the water and there are a couple of diving schools based in Carvoeiro if you prefer to be under the water. 

Carvoeiro has managed to retain its timeless charm and traditional values. Tourism is its major economic activity. 

If you would like to buy, but are undecided about where to buy, consider Carvoeiro, the village for you to have your place in the sun, either for your family holidays, as an investment or for permanent sunshine living.

Get to know a bit more about the village and the  local complexes located in Carvoeiro  - watch the videos below they are fantastic.

A guide  about Carvoeiro village - its spectacular



Aerial images of the Carvoeiro coast


  • Get to know the ROCHA BRAVA Complex - visit this fantastic video