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.

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Beaches, Relaxing and Sea

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Where to stay in Carvoeiro

Benagil
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Benagil

Benagil is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

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Top Hotels in Carvoeiro

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Tivoli Carvoeiro
5 out of 5
Apartado 1299, Vale Do Covo, Carvoeiro
$323/night
Aug 4 - Aug 5
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,097 reviews)

"I loved the views during our meals. The wildness of the cliffs and the calmness of the ocean is a perfect combination of Portugal. The staff were like friends. So kind and attentive."…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2019

Tivoli Carvoeiro
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Monte Santo Resort
5 out of 5
Monte Santo Aldeamento Turistico, Carvoeiro
$254/night
Jul 23 - Jul 24
4.6/5Wonderful! (302 reviews)

"Great property, perfect for a family with small children."…"

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2019

Monte Santo Resort
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Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Barranco Fundo, Apartado 79, Carvoeiro
4.6/5Wonderful! (228 reviews)

"We were made to feel very welcome from the moment we arrived. The property is beautiful and the facilities excellent."…"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa

Popular things to do in Carvoeiro

Marinha Beach
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Marinha Beach

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Marinha Beach, a popular beach in Carvoeiro. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area, or check out its lively bars.

Benagil Beach
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Benagil Beach

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.

Carvoeiro Beach
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Carvoeiro Beach

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Carvoeiro Beach, a popular beach in Carvoeiro. Stroll along the seaside in this romantic area, or check out its lively bars.

Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
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Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos

You can find out about the history of Carvoeiro with a stop at Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos. Amble around this romantic area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its lively bars.

Paraiso Beach
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Paraiso Beach

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Paraiso Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Carvoeiro. Stroll along the seaside in this romantic area, or check out its lively bars.

Rocha Beach
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Rocha Beach

Backed by golden-red cliffs and met by the white-flecked waves of the Atlantic, this spectacular beach is one of the Algarve’s most popular.