This was once a very small intimate fishing village surviving on the tuna catches, similar to many hot spots in the Algarve that has now lost any resemblance to its modest origins. Today, the village spreads to the east and west with beautiful villas and comfortable holiday apartments all for sale or rent in or around the area. The one and only village street has now become three, each lined with bars, smart restaurants and tourist shops. There are still examples of the older quaint small houses tucked in between the more modern ones if a traditional home is something you’re more inclined towards. The choice of this location for the tourist to acquire property is generally because of the variety and beauty of its many small beaches. High cliffs surround most of these, and some of which have eroded to create beckoning dark caves. Most of them are mainly accessible only at low tide. Beaches to visit in Carvoeiro are Praia de Centianes, Praia de Carvalho, Praia de Benagil, Praia de Marinha and Praia da Albandeira.
Carvoeiro’s one claim to fame, historically speaking, is that in 1554 a naval battle took place off Cape Carvoeiro when a Portuguese flotilla attacked the Turkish corsair, Xaramet, and destroyed his fleet. Carvoeiro is very popular for family holidays as there is such a large choice of self-catering accommodation in the style of villas, townhouses and apartments and has all the things you are likely to want in quite a compact area. A lot of the accommodation is in new residential areas on the outskirts as the developments have spread, but it is all in keeping and this area remains an area free of high rise hotels and apartment blocks.
This old fisherman’s town has managed to combine the charm from the old days with comfort of a modern holiday destination. You can find here great beaches, carved in the mountains, golf courses and restaurants. The centre of Carvoeiro is fairly small and there are just two roads leading down into the town that meet in a small square behind the beach. There is a huge selection of bars, restaurants and cafes all within easy walking distance of the centre and with a wide choice of food. There are plenty of shops in the town for your everyday needs and because they are used to catering for British visitors you will be able to find most of your normal groceries. There is also a big Intermarché on the Lagoa road on the outskirts of Carvoeiro for even more choice.
The town beach, Praia do Carvoeiro is a beautifully sheltered sandy bay and spreads out just in front of the square with cliffs protecting it on either side. Some of the most spectacular rock formations found in the Algarve can be found in the Carvoeiro part of the coast. The cliff tops around Carvoeiro offer plenty of scope for walking and some great views. You may also come across some ‘algares’ which are holes in the cliff where the sea has eaten it away from underneath – there are some near the lighthouse at Cabo de Carvoeiro – luckily they are fenced around and it just shows how fragile the cliffs can be. Also on the cliff above Carvoeiro are the remains of the walls of the Fort of Senhora da Conceição dating from the 17th century, inside which is the hermitage of Nossa Senhora da Encarnação (Our Lady of the Incarnation).