Carvoeiro is extremely popular with both families and groups of friends looking for beautiful beaches, good restaurants and bars. It is not as lively as some of the other well-known party towns on the coast and has a more relaxed vibe yet still with plenty of things to do for all generations.
There are various beaches and coves along this part of the coast, some with dramatic rock formations and caves, some with excellent facilities for families and others off the beaten track and often less crowded. There are also lots of places to access water sports and hire equipment, or even rent a boat for the day.
There is a fantastic tennis centre here, Carvoeiro Clube de Tenis, with courts to hire including Padel Tennis, which is great for all abilities and growing in popularity. There is also a gym, spa, bar and plenty of fun activities for those who don’t fancy tennis.
Porches is just a short drive away which is renowned for producing much of the iconic pottery and tiles in Portugal. There are also some sensational restaurants here, including some affordable and delicious options.
Ferragudo is also just a short drive and is well worth a visit. This charming fishing village has a pretty harbour filled with fishing boats and many of the restaurants here specialise in fresh fish and seafood.
We highly recommend a trip to Silves which is only 20 minutes in the car from Carvoeiro. Historically the ancient capital of the Algarve, it is now a vibrant town with cafes, restaurants, boutiques and galleries as well as beautiful walks along the river and a mesmerising cathedral.
As with much of the Algarve, you don’t have to venture far before you find a golf course and there are plenty of attractive options in Carvoeiro including Amendoeira Golf Resort, Palmeres Ocean Living & Golf and the Boa Vista Spa and Golf Resort.
The nearest waterpark is Slide and Splash and this is a must for those travelling with younger ones. There is so much to do here with an abundance of slides both hair-raising and gentle, sunbathing areas, snack bars and more. It is a great day out and the perfect way to tire the children out! We recommend going on a cloudy day as there is less chance of sunburn and the queues might be quieter.
The nightlife in Carvoeiro is lively with lots of bars and restaurants with open air seating in the main town and some quieter spots in the nearby villages and beaches. You can find everything here from karaoke to live music, Irish pubs to cocktail bars. It is also a food lovers paradise with a whole host of cuisines to try. If you are looking for something special or something affordable for the family, there are plenty of options to keep everyone happy.
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