Carvoeiro is a charming little beach town located in the western side of the Algarve region in Portugal. Once a traditional Portuguese fishing village, in recent years it became one of the best destinations for families to enjoy. Here are some of our recommendations for the things to do in Carvoeiro, Algarve.
1. Visit Algar Seco
Located on the east side of Carvoeiro, Algar Seco is a must sight when you visit the town. A set of steps will take you down to the incredible natural rock formations which are carved out of the sandstone by the forces of nature. On the right side of the steps there is a restaurant/bar where you can grab a refreshing drink or have something to eat. Do not be mistaken and finish your journey there, there is another picture-perfect sight waiting to be explored – ‘A Boneca’ cave. You will need to walk pass the restaurant/bar to see this incredible sight.
2. Go on Carvoeiro Boardwalk
The Carvoeiro Boardwalk is a safe way to explore the breathtaking coastline of the Algarve. This picturesque path starts from the Nossa Senhora da Encarnação fort, which is at the top of the hill going up to the left side of Carvoeiro Beach and the boardwalk finishes at the Algar Seco. This wooden pathway is suitable for families with smaller children and those who are less mobile. There are plenty of sitting areas along the way where you could stop, relax and admire the beautiful scenery.
3. Get on a boat and see the most famous Algarve’s caves
Boat tours to see the most famous Algarve’s caves board from either Carvoeiro beach (Praia do Carvoeiro) or Centianes beach (Praia do Vale Centeanes). As a part of the tour, you will be taken to see the Benagil cave, which is considered as one of the most impressive sea caves in Europe. The cave is located around 150 meters away from the Benagil beach (Praia de Benagil) and is easily accessible by boat. Caves can be visited throughout the whole year and the duration of tours vary from 1h to 1.5h. The longer tour will take you to Marinha beach (Praia da Marinha), where you will see the famous rock formations and one the most beautiful beaches in the world. During the summer season boat tours get fully booked for the next few days. Therefore, booking your tour early is advisable to avoid disappointment.
4. Get on a mini train tour around Carvoeiro
During high season you can explore Carvoeiro town by getting on a mini train. It is a non-stop journey that runs for around 30 minutes. It departs every 40 minutes from the main Carvoeiro square and takes you up to Rocha Brava resort and back. The train runs daily and costs €3-5. It is a great way to see Carvoeiro and its surroundings if you are not up for walking far or travelling with smaller children.
5. Get on a Hop On Hop Off minibus and see the main points of interest
This minibus will take you on a sightseeing tour along the coast of Carvoeiro, Lagoa and Ferragudo. You will be able to see the main points of interest in the area with some of the most beautiful beaches along the way. The tour includes 17 stops. Tickets can be purchased on board and are valid for either 24h or 48h. Therefore you will be able to choose any bus and leave at any stop as many times as you wish during your purchased ticket duration. Buses run approximately every 30 minutes between 9:30am – 10:30pm during summer months and 10am – 6pm during winter months. All buses have air conditioning and free WiFi.
6. Try the best home made ice-cream in town
Not too far away from the main Carvoeiro town square, Gelados & Companhia is the place to visit if you want to taste the best home made ice-cream in town. There are so many delicious flavours to choose from with some dairy free options available. Pastel de nata (famous Portuguese custard tart), Ferrero Rocher, double chocolate, cherry cheesecake, white chocolate and orange are just a few ice-cream options available there. Apart from ice-cream they also offer frozen yogurt, crepes, waffles as well as serve coffee and other drinks. A must place to visit on a hot summer day!