Praia do Carvoeiro – General information
Nowadays, Carvoeiro is a well-known seaside resort. There are many private villas, hotels and facilities to accommodate tourists in Carvoeiro. The town itself is quite small, but there are many bars, restaurants and shops. There is one main street of Carvoeiro, which leads to the beach.
Like all the other beaches in the surroundings, Praia do Carvoeiro is a small but beautiful beach, surrounded by the village and high rock formations on both sides. The beach lies within a small bay, where the sea is very calm. The beach and the water are very clean though. On the beach you can see the white houses of the fishermen, along with the colourful fishing boats on the beach. This makes for a picturesque view, that you can see on many postcards of the Algarve.
Praia do Carvoeiro is an excellent location from where to discover the nearby grottoes and caves. These caves are a beautiful act of nature and provide for wonderful sights to tourists. You can take a boat tour with a local guide, in one of the colourful fishing boats. The guide will take you to the best caves in the area. This boat trip is highly recommended.
Since Praia do Carvoeiro is a popular village among tourists, it can get quite crowded on this small beach, especially in summer. However, the village of Carvoeiro is not far from other beaches, like Praia da Marinha or Praia de Benagil.
It is possible to walk on the cliffs surrounding the beach. This provides a spectacular view over the area.
How to get there
When you are in the city of Carvoeiro, there are signs indicating the beach. Alternatively, you can enter the following address in your GPS: Carvoeiro Beach, Carvoeiro 8400, Portugal.
Algar Seco is an area of amazing rock formations. It is situated a bit less than 1 kilometer from Carvoeiro. Algar Seco is rated by TripAdvisor as the #2 thing to do in Carvoeiro. In Algar Seco, you can walk down the staircase to the caves near the water. Visit the caves and appreciate the beautiful scenery. On one side, called Gruta da Boneca, you have the tunnels carved into the rock, with a beautiful view over the sea. It is a nice place to take pictures.
Praia do Carvoeiro – Facilities
There are many restaurants and bars, as well as hundreds of holiday villas around Praia do Carvoeiro. Here you can enjoy many dishes of the local and international cuisine. The beach is easily accessible, also by wheelchair. Praia do Carvoeiro offers many kinds of water sports and there is even a diving school.
Facilities in Praia do Carvoeiro:
• Restaurant: yes
• Bar/club: yes
• Toilet: yes
• Shower: yes
• Water sports: yes
• Sunbeds: yes
• Parking: yes, but difficult in summer
• Lifeguards: yes
• Blue flag beach: yes