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The Enduring Charm of Carvoeiro

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.

More Exclusive Algarve Villas Added to Our Programme for 2019

Affinity Villas has been specialising in villa holidays to the Algarve for over 18 years now so we know the area extremely well. We expend a great deal of time and energy searching out suitable villas for our clients, who have rightly come to expect only the best from us. All of our villas are hand-picked and vetted to ensure that they meet with our exacting standards. Unlike some other companies, we only offer villas with private pools – we don’t offer apartments – and all of our villas are in the Algarve; nowhere else, because we think it’s better to be experts at what we do than try to be all things to all people.

We now have the largest selection of exclusive Algarve villas with private pools that are available to book online but each villa can also be booked over the phone with a member of our reservations team, who have first-hand knowledge of each villa. What’s more, when you book with us, you have full financial protection because we’re bonded with IPP so you can rest assured in the knowledge that your money is safe with us.

We’re really excited to have added some more beautiful villas to our 2019 programme. Take a peek below to pick out your own little piece of paradise in the Algarve for your 2019 holiday!

Casa Buganvilea, Carvoeiro


This attractive 4 bedroom villa is located in a residential development in a quiet part of Sesmarias situated between Lagoa and Ferragudo and just a few minutes from the centre of Carvoeiro, with a choice of restaurants and mini market within easy walking distance. Its grass lawns will make it a delight for children, as will the generous, heatable pool and the separate hot tub.

Casa Nova, Silves


This single storey villa sleeps 6 and offers fabulous views of Silves, the castle and the mountains beyond but is also within a short walking distance of Silves. There's a gated pool area and a large covered dining terrace overlooking the pool, with the magnificent view of Silves beyond.

Casa Margarida, Carvoeiro


Casa Margarida, which sleeps 8, is all on one level and is nicely decorated in cool pastel shades, giving it a light and airy feel. Outside there is a lovely pool area, a nice lawn surrounded by mature gardens and a spacious covered terrace to take shelter from the sun.

Vila Alporchinhos, Armacao de Pera


Enjoying the privileged position of being located in a central part of the village ‘Senhora da Rocha’, this 5 bedroom villa is at walking distance from all you need, with easy access to some of the best beaches in the Algarve. It is surrounded by a lovely garden and spacious terraces with stairs giving direct access from the terrace to the pool area.

Nossa Vivenda, Algoz