Carvoeiro (pronounced ‘carv-way-roo’) is a small but bustling seaside resort in the Western Algarve. It is a 40-minute drive from Faro. The white buildings built on the hills around the town centre have remained low-rise and in keeping with the traditional buildings of the area and as a result the town has retained a lot more of its charm than many of the other resorts on the Algarve. As well as the popular town beach, there are several other attractive beaches a stone's throw away. All the beaches have soft golden sand and the sea is an alluring azure. The beaches are surrounded by stunning sandstone cliffs, for which this area of the Algarve is famous. In Carvoeiro itself is the famous rock formation of Algar Seco and just a few metres down the road is the hidden gem of the Escadinhas (steps carved into the cliffs).
The town has a lively but not rowdy nightlife. There are restaurants offering cuisine of nearly every nation. There is also a wide choice of bars, many of which have live music. In addition, the town square has live music in the evenings throughout the summer.
Not surprisingly, Carvoeiro is popular with golfers. There are three excellent golf courses only a short drive away.
For children there is a waterpark only a 10-minute drive away.
The ever-popular tourist train is a good way to see the town, whether you are 8 or 80!
Carvoeiro is ideally located for touring around the Algarve. It is a short drive away from the main motorway that runs the length of the Algarve. It is also a 10-minute bus journey from Lagoa, which is a major bus terminal for buses to other parts of the Algarve.
For useful information look at the Carvoeiro websites: Carvoeiro.com or Carvoeiro Uncovered or the Algarve Tourism Board website (where there are downloadable pdfs of maps, booklets and the monthly ‘what’s on’ guide).