Carvoeiro

The seaside town is famous for its Black & White Night; a yearly street and beach party that’s held in early summer and attracts ten thousands of visitors.  (Sounds good? The next one’s on 16 June 2018). What to do when you’re in the area of Carvoeiro for the rest of the year? Enjoy the Algarve suggests these six things.

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine December 2017

 

Look around town

Just like Olhos de Água and Burgau, Carvoeiro is a former fishing village gone touristic, located on the Algarve’s south coast between two cliffs. The town itself isn’t that special, but walking up these cliffs gives you a good overview of the area. Definitely visit in the low season and when walking through town, keep an eye out for the cool electricity boxes, painted by local artists Phil and Bamby.

 

Go to the beach

In the 16th century, pirates were fighting along the coast off Carvoeiro; later on it became a fishing settlement. Now, most boats that leave from Praia do Carvoeiro go for a caves and/or dolphin watching tour, although real fishing boats and buoys can also still be found on the sand. The town’s beach isn’t very large and thus gets seriously crowded in summer. However, it’s easily accessible and not as small as the tiny but lovely Praia do Paraíso, one bay further west, which is only accessible by a steep stairs. If you have kids who like water, but aren’t keen on sand, go to a nearby waterpark instead.

 

Discover the Algar Seco

A limestone area that’s shaped by sea erosion, that’s the Algar Seco. It’s located not even a kilometre east of Carvoeiro’s beach and full of bizarre yellow-brown rock formations in all kinds of shapes. When exploring, definitely walk through the small cave and look over sea from a natural window (to get there: follow the signs for ‘A Boneca’). Climbing around the caves, blowholes and rock formations that are created by weather, water and wind is awesome, but beware: the erosion makes this natural playground also a dangerous one.

 

Walk the boardwalk

The wooden boardwalk is the safer option to explore the Algar Seco area and also offers nice views. Stretching from the Algar Seco to the Nossa Senhora da Encarnação fort that’s located on Carvoeiro’s cliff edge, the boardwalk has replaced part of the previous route that was cut into the rocks. It’s also possible to walk from Algar Seco all the way east to Praia da Marinha (the so-called Seven Hanging Valleys Walk), but this you’ll have to do without a boardwalk.

 

Make postcard worthy pictures

Due to their limestone rock formations, the pretty beaches around Carvoeiro look almost too good to be true. Indeed, these are the locations you see on postcards. Like Praia da Marinha (pictured, located about 5km east of Carvoeiro), which is said to be one of the most photographed beaches in the Algarve. Another nearby spot for making photos that will get you lots of likes on Instagram: Benagil’s cave. Boat tours to the Benagil cave depart from Praia do Carvoeiro.

 

Visit Portimão

Portimão (pictured here in the distance, seen from Ferragudo’s Praia do Molhe) is located just 10km west of Carvoeiro. This bigger city offers plenty info about the region’s fishing heritage, lots of shopping and of course many more beaches. Fancy heading inland instead? Visit Silves, a 20 minutes’ drive north, for Moorish history and the Algarve’s best preserved castle.

 

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine December 2017

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