Almost half of all our Affinity holiday villas with pools are in and around the picture-postcard village of Carvoeiro, so we know this area extremely well and will be delighted to give you detailed advice to help you make the most of your holiday.
For most of its history, fishing has been the pillar of the local economy, nowadays the main economic sector of this picturesque village is tourism. A dry and warm climate and breath-taking beaches make this an ideal destination for golf, hiking & biking, water sports or just for relaxation.
Village life centres on the main Praia de Carvoeiro, a small sandy cove right in front of the village square. This bustles by day with sunbathers and boat excursions to the renowned grottos and neighbouring beaches, while by night its many bars, wide choice of restaurants some with sea views, and live entertainment brings Carvoeiro to life. The square is buzzing in summer and is perfect for family holidays. Or if you prefer your own company of an evening, many of our rental holiday villas are set in romantic secluded settings. Crack open a bottle of one of the local wineries, kick back and enjoy the sunset.
According to historical sources, the name of the village derives from “Caboiere”, an old name for a fishing village from the Arab-medieval period.
There are signs that point to the Roman presence in the village, as well as extensive maritime activity. The area where the village of Carvoeiro is located has a long history of military and pirate attacks, having witnessed a series of naval battles, among which stands out the one that gave rise to the battle of 1544 between the fleet of ships commanded by Dom Pedro da Cunha and the Turkish privateer named Xarramet.
The aquamarine waters of Algar Seco, a popular viewpoint and a short walk from the centre of Carvoeiro the idyllic beaches of – Praia de Vale de Centianes’, ‘Praia do Carvalho’, ‘Praia do Benagil’, ‘Praia da Marinha’, ‘Praia de Albandeira’ - are perfect for snorkelling and a cliff-top walk or short boat ride away.
Carvoeiro is surrounded by three first-class golf courses, a big sportsclub with tennis and padel courts, gymnasium, bar and swimming pool, while Porches’ famous pottery studios are just a short drive away.
Portugal is renowned for its great wines, but it was not that long ago that the Algarve was put on the wine-map too! There are several good wineries to be found in the vicinity of Carvoeiro, some having claimed international gold and silver medals. Most of the wineries will give you a tour with wine tasting, here are a few of them: Quinta do Morgado da Torre, Portimão and one of the oldest wineries in the Algarve; Quinta do Francês, Monchique, lovely setting in the hills of Silves/Monchique, quite special; Quinta dos Vales, Estômbar/Lagoa, beautiful estate with lots to see; Quinta João Clara – Porches/Alcantarilha, gold medallist for their superb Syrah wine; Adega do Cantor (Wines Vida Nova – Sir Cliff Richard), Guia-Albufeira, just above the well-known shopping centre Algarve Shopping. Enjoy!
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Water slide park.
Show with birds of prey and tropical birds.
Carvoeiro centre offers an attractive range of shops and many cafés and bars with sunny terraces, but amongst its best features would be the incredible choice of restaurants. This goes to show as one of its main streets is commonly known as ‘Restaurant Hill’!
The centre also houses the fish and vegetable market and there is a number of small supermarkets to be found throughout the centre.
The bigger, very well stocked supermarkets, such as Intermarché, Apolónia, Aldi and Pingo Doce are on the road to Lagoa, whilst Auchan with its own petrol station, is just outside Lagoa towards the Slide & Splash.