Meanwhile, the beach is the most popular with visitors who relax on the sand next to small fishing boats that are available for boat trips along the coast. Moreover, on these excursions, there is a chance to explore fascinating grottoes and caverns nearby, set in rugged cliffs.At the beach, visitors have a choice of restaurants, bars and terraces lining the sands, as well as the lively small town of Carvoeiro itself.
Other beaches in CarvoeiroThe coastline of Carvoeiro is dotted with craggy coves surrounding clean, sandy beaches, of which many are Blue Flag beaches. While Praia do Carvoeiro is busy with visitors, Praia do Carvalho is a quieter stretch of sand, accessed through a tunnel in the rock. While this beach is beautiful and quiet, there are no lifeguards or amenities available here.
Follow the Carvoeiro Boardwalk to Algar SecoAn ideal way of exploring the coastline is on the wooden Carvoeiro Boardwalk, which runs on the cliffs from Nossa Senhora da Encarnação Fort in town to Algar Seco. This scenic spot is nestled among the rocks and offers panoramic views, making it the ideal place to take an Instagram selfie. While here, refresh with a cold drink and snack at the Restaurante Snack Bar Bistro Algar Seco. Meanwhile, Algar Seco is a group of rock formations, where erosion has created caves, windows, rock pools and balconies over the sea. The place almost resembles a lunar landscape and Algar Seco is one of the major natural monuments of the Algarve.
Spend the day on Praia do Vale de CenteanesPraia do Vale de Centeanes is another beautiful beach to visit, which has lifeguards and all the normal amenities. While the beach is hugged by tall, rugged cliffs, easier access is available for anyone with mobility problems.
Visit Alfanzina Lighthouse, CarvoeiroConstructed in 1920, the attractive Alfanzina Lighthouse is perched up on the cliffs above the main beach in Carvoeiro. While the climb up to visit the lighthouse is strenuous, it is well worth the effort for the amazing panoramic views of the sea and cliffs from the top. Meanwhile. The lighthouse is a red-domed beacon on top of a sea cave, carved into the sandstone cliffs and is available for tours of the museum inside during summer.
Other attractions close to Carvoeiro
Slide & Splash Water Park, LagoaA short distance from Carvoeiro is the Slide & Splash Water Park in Lagoa, which offers 17 attractions and water slides for a fun day. For those brave souls, the Kamikazi water slide descends from a height or around 20 m (66 ft). Meanwhile, the water park also offers green spaces for picnics and a number of restaurants are available in the park.
Kayaking tours & surfing lessonsOne of the best ways to explore the rocks and caves of the Carvoeira area is by kayak. Visitors can book kayak tours, surfing lessons and stand-up paddleboards from nearby Ferragudo, but bear in mind that this is a popular option, so booking is recommended.
Take time out in Carvoeiro in the Algarve in Portugal this summer. Find more information on the official tourism website.