Carvoeiro, Algarve Portugal is a picturesque and traditional Portuguese resort town, situated along a beautiful coastline of golden beaches and dramatic natural scenery. Carvoeiro is a great destination for visitors who are wanting a calm and relaxed vacation, in a quaint and charming town. The majority of tourists visit Carvoeiro solely for a relaxed beach holiday, but there is a surprising amount to see and do within the surrounding region. This includes historic towns to discover, challenging hiking trails, exciting boat tours or the thrill of the region’s theme and water parks.
Carvoeiro Algarve Portugal is very popular for family vacations with a large choice of accommodations and with plenty to do in a compact area around the town center. Water sports are available at the beach for those who playing in the water and a couple of diving schools if you prefer to be under the water. 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.
The cliff tops around Carvoeiro offer plenty of walking trails and with great views. You can also check out the ‘algares' which are holes in the cliff where the sea has eaten it away from underneath. On the cliff above Carvoeiro are the remains of the walls of the Fort of Senhora da Conceição dating from the 17th century, inside which is the hermitage of Nossa Senhora da Encarnação. You can also take a trip to Silves with it's Moorish castle and riverside walks. A walk around the castle walls allows you to have a bird's eye view of the town and surrounding countryside and there are lots of pavement cafés to stop for a cool drink afterwards.
Carvoeiro Weather (When to Visit)
Carvoeiro Algarve Portugal has long hot summers, pleasant springs and autumns, and unpredictable winters that have an equal number of grey days as sunny days. The height of the summer season is during the months of July and August. June and September are as equally busy with vacationers who do not have children. If you are visiting during the peak season, it is essential to pre-book accommodation and flights as they will sell out. The autumn and spring months provide an excellent time to discover Carvoeiro Algarve. The weather is bright and sunny, but without the summer time crowds. During the winter months, Carvoeiro closes down and will feel very quiet, but a small selection of restaurants and bars will remain open. During the winter it is better to visit the larger resort towns, which have a permanent population, such as Albufeira or Lagos.
Best Carvoeiro Beaches
Praia da Marinha is an iconic beach near Lagoa, rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world. Praia da Marinha is known as one of the most beautiful beaches of the world. With it's amazing cliff side, it is the favorite beach in the Algarve. Praia da Marinha is one of the top ten beaches in the world. Praia da Marina is calm and the water is really clear, almost transparent. This makes it a popular destination for snorkeling, as it is possible to see many different kinds of marine species and fish underwater.
Praia do Carvalho is a relatively quiet beach. There are no hotels or resorts directly on the beach. This makes this beach perfect for those who want to get away from the crowded beaches that you can find in other parts of the Algarve. The water is clean and the sea is calm. The area near Lagoa is famous for its impressive rock formations. Near Praia do Carvalho you will find a rock formation known as the window, which looks out over the beach. It is the result of many years of erosion.
Praia de Vale Centeanes is a Blue Flag beach so there are plenty of facilities for all the family including a seasonal lifeguard service. There is a cafe near the beach entrance along with toilets plus a hut selling ices and cold drinks during the summer. With the high cliffs offering shelter from the wind, Vale de Centeanes beach is a haven for sun-worshippers. The cliffs themselves are a point of interest and worth a closer look where they have been eroded into unusual shapes. The snorkeling is also good around here.
Praia de Carvoeiro
The setting is picturesque, the beach is suitable for all and there is a wide selection of cafes and restaurants close by. The beach is sheltered from the sea by two rocky headlands, and this has formed a natural triangular beach. The rear of the Praia de Carvoeiro is lined by traditional fishing houses, which have been since been converted into tourist restaurants and bars.
Praia do Paraíso Beach
Paraiso beach is situated at the base of towering cliffs and the small patch of sand is almost entirely covered by the high tide – not quite the paradise (Paraiso) the name implies. The main interesting feature are the rock pools and submerged rock, which are great for snorkelling and harbour lots of small marine life.
Best Carvoeiro Tours & Activities
São Miguel West Full Day Tour with Setes Cidades Including Lunch
Discover the west side of São Miguel island with ease on a full-day tour from Ponta Delgada. A great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves, this tour covers Lake Fogo, Caldeira Velha, Mosteiros, and Sete Cidades, home to the vivid Lago Azul and Lago Verde. Enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off on this small-group tour, limited to eight people. Learn more about the Sao Miguel West Full Day Tour.
Algarve In 2 Days Private – GL Tours Lisbon
Trip from Lisbon through Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park Including Short stop. Includes: Sagres, Harbour, Cape St. Vincent, Lagos, Ponta Da Piedade, Town Walls, Old Town, Albufeira Carvoeiro, Algar Seco Rock formations, Marinha Beach, and trip to Lisbon. Learn more about Algarve in 2 Day Private Tour.
Algarve from Lisbon Private Tour – Lagos, Benagil and Marinha beach
Escape the busy city of Lisbon and enjoy a relaxing trip to the picturesque southern region of Portugal—the Algarve. Going on a guided tour saves time doing research, and means all transport is included. Travel with ease in an air-conditioned private vehicle, and see Albufeira, Ponta da Piedade, Lagos, and Benagil beach. Learn more about the Algarve Tour from Lisbon.
VIP Dolphins Luxury Whale Watching
They are the only Whale Watching company in Madeira providing a luxury experience for the dolphins and whales. We will welcome you with champagne, local cocktails, local juices, and local snacks, such as “Bolo do Caco” with garlic butter, cherry tomato and local fresh cheese, local banana and passion puff pastry fruit, ice cream and traditional biscuits. will be served during the trip. Our boat is new and offer showers and bathrooms. Learn more about the VIP Dolphins Luxury Whale Watching Tour.
Azores Swim with Dolphins Experience
Join a fantastic and unique Wildlife Experience! Swim with wild Dolphins in the open ocean, and snorkel the atlantic underwater scenario of the Azores Islands! The best connection to Nature in a glimpse to the season’s coastal marine fauna and flora in the heart of the Atlantic. Learn more about the Azores Swim with Dolphins Experience.
Best Carvoeiro Restaurants
L´Orange $11 – 30
A cosy restaurant with a relaxing ambience, L’Orange specialises in international and French-inspired cuisine created by Belgian chef patron Jan Mortier, complemented by the delicious homemade desserts made by wife Karin. The interior is pleasantly decorated, whilst outside, a pretty terrace is perfect for al fresco dining. L’Orange is located just outside Carvoeiro near the Carvoeiro Hotel. Telephone: 351 282 357 297 Web: L´Orange.
Primavera $11 – 30
An attractive trattoria-style restaurant at the top of Estrada do Farol, Primavera is under the ownership of Domingos, formerly of Villa Medici. Serving Italian/Mediterranean cuisine, the restaurant has a lovely ambiance and features a stylish interior décor, as well as a large outdoor area that’s ideal for the summer months. Telephone: 351 282 358 017 Web: Primavera.
The Wolf $11 – 30
Delicious, quality steaks, rack of lamb and daily fish and seafood specials are served in this upscale bar and grill with smart interiors and outdoor dining on the ground floor and the new addition of the elegant upstairs lounge on the terrace. Located on Estrada do Farol, the restaurant’s star attraction is the US Black Angus beef, including an excellent T-bone cooked on the charcoal grill/oven. Lunch and dinner served indoors or on the bottom terrace and burgers on the upstairs terrace. Don’t miss the very popular Sunday Brunch at €15 with free flowing mimosas. Telephone: 351 962 708 596 Web: The Wolf.
Pimenta Preta $31 – 60
Creative cooking, excellent service, a charming ambiance and value for money make Pimenta Preta one of the most appealing fine dining experiences in the Carvoeiro area. New dishes from around the world, created by the chef ensure customers are always in for a surprise, whilst the quality of the food is matched by an equally impressive wine list compiled by the owner Nuno Diogo. Specializing in European classics and Asian cuisine. Telephone: 351 282 350 281 Web: Pimenta Preta.
Casa Algarvia $11 – 30
One of Carvoeiro’s best-known restaurants is run by Frank and Cristina who have completely refurbished Casa Algarvia, with terracotta walls, a modern bar area and a brand new kitchen breathing new life into the establishment. The menu features Portuguese favorites, from fresh fish to enticing meat options, as well as specialties such as fish cataplana and pork cataplana with clams. Telephone: 351 968 663 568 Web: Casa Algarvia.
Best Carvoeiro Bars
Located in one of the best locations in Carvoeiro, Boneca Bar is the perfect place to sit back and while away the time. Set within the cliffs of Algar Seco, this restaurant and bar serves fresh fish and a selection of meat, complemented by a carefully put together wine list. A family-run establishment, there is also a range of cocktails and sangria if you simply want a drink whilst you enjoy the surroundings. Telephone: 351 282 358 391 Web: Boneca Bar.
This Cuban inspired cocktail Bar in pretty Carvoeiro, is a great place to meet friends in the evening. With well priced cocktails, good bar snacks (chili beef burritos with tortillas) and inviting window seats to install yourself in against a backdrop of house music. Telephone: 351 916 407 988 Web: Bar Havana.
If you want to dance on the beach with the sand between your toes, this is the place for you. Caniço is a bar with a difference, built between the cliffs by a lovely cove and reached by an elevator from the cliff tops. During the regular live music and party nights, a DJ sets up on the sand (tide permitting) and you can dance till (almost) dawn. Telephone: 351 282 458 503 Web: Canico.
No Solo Agua
This highly popular Beach Bar now runs right along the Sea’s edge with the Marina. It works as a whole day destination with a pool, sun loungers and food. In high season there is an entrance fee (7.50 euros) to get in and a string of musical events are held in the evening. Telephone: 351 910 789 991 Web: No Solo Agua.
Stevie Ray’s Blues Jazz Bar
This is an elegant place with great live music on Fridays and Saturdays, ranging across the whole blues/jazz spectrum. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Telephone: 351 914 923 883 Web: Stevie Ray's Blues Jazz Bar.
Four Seasons Country Club
Four Seasons Country Club with its unique, friendly, relaxing atmosphere appeals to all ages, and it is not hard to see why. Whether one is looking for a sporty, family, leisure or relaxing holiday our well-appointed villas are set in beautifully landscaped gardens. The magnificent clubhouse and the extensive range of facilities make this the ideal choice for whatever type of holiday you choose. Ninety-six one and two bedroom luxury villas and apartments set within 17 acres of private gardens on the prestigious Quinta do Lago estate.
Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
Their accommodations comes in various shapes and sizes, from chic, sea-inspired rooms and suites with ocean-view terraces to spacious whitewashed villas with private pools. All are located within their oceanfront clifftop grounds amid 54 acres of subtropical gardens. Each type comes with standout features, whether a rooftop terrace or an exquisite Portuguese tile mosaic. No matter which room category is chosen, guests can expect a sophisticated, refined air of luxury and superb views of the flower-filled parkland or Algarve coastline, as well as modern conveniences.
Vale D'Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa
Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa is an elegant 5 star resort conveniently located between Carvoeiro and Ferragudo, in the Algarve. This hidden paradise is just a few minutes drive from some of the finest beaches and golf courses in Europe! It is an all year round destination, ideal for family holidays, golf breaks and group travel. The resort comprises 22 rooms, 2 suites and 80 apartments as well as a large choice of leisure and well being facilities, a Mediterranean restaurant and two bars.
Vale da Lapa
Built in 2010, this air-conditioned hotel is a luxury resort with 85 luxurious suites and villas surrounded by lush gardens, lakes and streams. Guests are welcomed into a lobby with 24-hour reception and check-out service. Facilities include a hotel safe, cloakroom, games room, children's playground, kids' club, café and restaurant. WLAN Internet access, room service, a laundry service (for an additional fee), a car park and a bicycle hire service are also available.
Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the Vale Covo cliffside, this fully-refurbished, family-friendly 5 star hotel in Carvoeiro, Portugal ensures a spectacular holiday whether you’re seeking business or pleasure. After a comprehensive 5 month remodeling project, our hotel is setting a new standard for luxury among Algarve resorts, with 248 stunningly refurbished bedrooms, suites with balconies and new Family Rooms for larger groups. Take advantage of impeccable facilities including celebrity-chef standard restaurants, Tivoli Spa, and a first-rate fitness area.