Carvoeiro Holidays – Low-rise and leisurely

Picturesque with a delightful sandy beach, Carvoeiro is becoming ever more popular, not unsurprisingly so, considering its many charms. Still a quaint fishing village with a working fleet, the main beach and little nearby coves benefit from the shelter of high surrounding cliffs, creating a picture-postcard Algarvian setting. Within the resort, you’ll find a healthy selection of cafés, bars and restaurants and a handful of shops for hunting down souvenirs. Great for families and couples who want to relax in a pretty location. Great bases for exploring are tranquil and unhurried Salicos, whilst Sesmarias, another tranquil location, is a friendly, pretty picturesque fishing village.

A holiday in Carvoeiro is ideal for all the family and couples looking for relaxation with a bit of exercise thrown in. It is a resort without the hustle and bustle of too much noisy nightlife but with plenty to do if you feel like a break from the beach. Without a high-rise apartment block to break the skyline, this is exactly how you imagine the Algarve to be – a traditional white-painted fishing village with cobbled streets, but in this case bursting with restaurants, cafes and shops.

If you take a walk along the cliff tops you will be rewarded with views of coves and grottoes. To have a reverse view, local fishermen offer trips along the coast in their brightly painted boats when they are not out casting their nets.

For sporty types there are two diving schools that will you equip to discover life under the Atlantic, and jet-skis and pedaloes can be hired for on-surface entertainment. For more energetic water sports, nearby Slide and Splash is a water playground of slides, chutes and spirals that is equally as popular with teenagers and adults as it is with kids.


Lying snugly between some of the finest examples of this coastline’s beautiful limestone cliffs and bathed by crystalline turquoise waters, it is no wonder that Carvoeiro has become one of the most sought after destinations in the Algarve. Charmingly picturesque, this fishing village is a profusion of whitewashed houses that cascade down the sides of its cliffs and converge in a central square situated just behind the beach. The many bars and restaurants on the square make it a lovely spot in which to sit down and enjoy a drink whilst continuing to enjoy views of the beach.

Studio Calisto located near the cliffs offers splendid views of the ocean. The studio is situated in a prime location on the cliff top overlooking the attractive Praia do Carvoeiro.

At Studio Calisto guests can enjoy a peaceful retreat with stunning views and easy access to all of Carvoeiro’s amenities.


Carvoeiro is a favourite golfing destination and there are a number of courses to choose from in the surroundings. The nearest are the two 18-hole Gramacho and Vale da Pinta courses and the 9-hole Vale de Milho course.


Carvoeiro beach has preserved its attraction and natural beauty whilst offering all the modern facilities of a cosmopolitan resort.

Resort_faoc2Sheltered by cliffs on either side and shelving gently into the sea, the long sandy beach has become a great favourite with families. Colourful boats adorn one end of the beach, the local fishermen using them for fishing or for taking visitors on scenic trips around this impressive coastline.

The golden limestone cliffs that make up the coastline around Carvoeiro and its neighbouring beaches really are a gem. Eroded by wind, rain and seawater, they form an intricate landscape of natural grottoes, arches, crevices and outcrops that are a beauty to explore. The most famous and dazzling example in the Algarve is Algar Seco, situated some 550 metres (0.3 miles) east of Carvoeiro, where visitors can admire a network of rock pools, caves, arches and holes that have been naturally carved out of the rocks. Carvoeiro’s nightlife livens up considerably during the summer months when the bars and pubs stay open well into the night. There are many restaurants to choose from, offering international or typical Portuguese cuisine. As this is an important wine producing region, why not stop and taste a local fish speciality, accompanied by a smooth and fragrant Lagoa red?

Charismatic yet peaceful, small yet full of life – Carvoeiro


Bursting with character, this dazzling whitewashed fishing village is the place to head for heaps of Portuguese atmosphere.”

Charismatic yet peaceful, small yet full of life – Carvoeiro is one of those resorts that just has it all. Oozing authentic Portuguese charm, this place can’t help but spellbind those who visit, and has people coming back time and time again. And once you’ve set foot here you’ll see why. Cut into half moon cliffs, the coastline is dramatically woven with intricate caves and golden beaches, and with mainly low rise apartments and villas the breathtaking landscape has been pretty much left how mother nature intended. Typical old-town narrow streets are scattered with alluring little shops and twist down to a pretty village square, where you can sample the endless wine lists – after all, you are in the wine-producing region of Lagos. The square overlooks the shimmering shores, which gently slope out to the transparent sea, more often than not crammed full of colourful fishing boats. It’s fringed with bustling cafes and restaurants and is a prime spot to eat al fresco and drink in the views. And what a picture the coastline is. The dramatic ochre cliffs shelter numerous mystical grottoes and lead to a number of outstanding pristine beaches.  Within walking distance is Algar Seco, with its theatrical rock formations and Carvalho cove, where half the fun is navigating your way through a labyrinth of tunnels. Add to all this animated bars, restaurants serving inviting international and local dishes and excellent activities such as golf and horse riding – and you can’t go wrong in this relaxed holiday haven.