Carvoeiro is a picturesque village in the Algarve region. It overlooks an astonishing coast, being the perfect destination for tourists looking for peace and relax.
Here you will find untouched beaches and a traditional environment. Carvoeiro is very popular among adult couples and travelers looking for a place off the beaten path. It is a destination loved also by many families, thanks to the quality of its services.
Carvoeiro became a municipality in 2001. It has Roman origins and, according to some historical researches, the name of the village comes from the term “Caboiere“, which refers to the ancient name of a fishing village from the Islamic-medieval period.
Carvoeiro overlooks the sea and its beach, named Praia do Carvoeiro, is sandy and boarded by cliffs. It is not too big, therefore during the high season it can get pretty crowded. This is the only beach that can be reached on foot from the center along with the small Praia do Paraiso, a very secluded cove.
Alternatively, the closest beach is Praia do Vale de Centeanes. If you don’t have your own vehicle, you can take the shuttle bus connecting several places along the coast.
The area around Carvoeiro is characterized by cliffs, caves, coves, and the opportunity to go on private or group boat trips.
Benagil caves are among the most photographed natural attractions of the Algarve. They are characterized by three gaps shaped by the sea. It is possible to visit the caves on a boat tour, on a kayak or also swimming, even if this last option is not the safest!
To the west there is an old fort built in 1670 as a defensive fortress. Today only its door has survived. Nearby it is possible to visit the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Encarnaçao, which overlooks the sea.
Near Carvoeiro there is the lighthouse of Alfazima, located on the most extreme edge of Alfazima. It is a squared tower built in 1920.
To begin with, water sports are a real must within the whole Algarve region. Here in Carvoeiro it is possible to go kayking, diving, and snorkelling.
It is also the perfect location to go on a boat trip. Boats leaving from here are very small allowing visitors to explore the several caves scattered around the coast, including the beautiful Grutas de Benagil. Tours usually last 1 or 2 hours, and usually include dolphin watching.
Hiking and biking lovers will have plenty of choice among the several paths along the coast that offer a stunning view. One of the most famous one is O Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, which extends for 5 kilometers from Praia da Centeanes to Praia da Marinha.
It is not the easiest path, but it is perfect for trained travelers. An alternative and easier path is Passerella Carvoeiro, which goes from the center of Carvoeiro to Algar Seco.
From Faro’s airport it is better to reach Carvoeiro by renting a car and follow the directions towards Portimao. Public transports are not very efficient around this area, and you may run the risk of wasting lots of time to move around.
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