Almost half of our villas are located in and around Carvoeiro, and with good reason. We take a look at why this once traditional fishing village is so attractive for families and those seeking a relaxing beach holiday.
Despite its popularity as a tourist destination, Carvoeiro has managed to maintain much of it historical charm. At one time, the locals used to survive on the tuna fishing catch and the village’s historic buildings, dating back centuries, were a pretty backdrop for the colourful fishing boats arriving home with their catch.
Tuna fishing was once Carvoeiro’s main source of income
Carvoeiro has a history dating back centuries. There are delightful, traditional white buildings set into the cliff, along with the Farol de Alfanzina (Alfanzina Lighthouse) and the remains of a 17th century fort, known in Portuguese as the Forte de Nossa Senhora de Encarnação.
The historic Alfanzina Lighthouse
Although the lighthouse is closed to the public, it is still well worth a visit to admire from the outside and take in the breathtaking views of the coastline. The walking trails are along marked paths and it’s well worth earmarking a couple of hours to soak up the sheer beauty of the landscape.
The Forte de Nossa Senhora de Encarnação (Fort of Our Lady of the Incarnation) was completed in 1675 and was significantly damaged in the earthquake of 1755, while the chapel was completely ruined. It was restored and repaired in 1825, 1942 and again in 1965. Perching on top of the cliffs, the fort can be seen from the picturesque Carvoeiro Boardwalk, an elevated wooden walkway that skirts the top of the cliffs and offers wonderful views over the stunning coastline.
Many are attracted to Carvoeiro because of its magnificent beaches within walking distance of the town. Several local fishermen make use of their boats during the day to offer visitors the chance to view the coastline from the sea and to visit the intriguing caves. The coastline is characterised by clear blue skies, orange and golden eroded cliffs and sandy beaches nestling up to little coves, so good photographs are almost guaranteed.
A typical grotto in Carvoeiro
For snorkelers, there is an abundance of sea life in the waters of the Praia da Marinha, Praia do Carvalho and even the small Praia do Paraíso whilst just along the coast is Algar Seco, a breathtaking landscape formed by cliff erosions.
Praia da Marinha attracts snorkelers due to its abundance of sea life
Carvoeiro’s small town centre consists of two main roads leading to the village square. The small, sandy beach in front of the square is a favourite both with tourists and locals and is disabled and family-friendly. Watersports are available and there is a good selection of ice-cream parlours, cafés, bars and restaurants all within easy walking distance.
Most tourists head to Carvoeiro for a relaxing beach holiday but after the sun sets, there’s a surprising selection of restaurants and relaxed bars to visit, yet the town does not suffer from the rowdiness and drunkenness of some of the larger resorts.
Even after sunset, there’s still plenty to do
In summary, Carvoeiro is quite a peaceful destination and as such could make the perfect choice for families and those seeking a relaxing beach holiday. It has great facilities and an enjoyable holiday atmosphere that is not easily forgotten. Consequently, many return year after year to savour the charms of this small and friendly Algarve resort staying in Carvoeiro villas.