About Carvoeiro and the Algarve

This charming seaside resort is 5km (3 miles) south of Lagoa. It is one of most attractive resorts in the Algarve . Its small beach is pictured in many travel guides and postcards. It is an ideal place to enjoy a relaxing holiday. An useful web site is www.carvoeiro.com.


Airport

Faro airport is a mere 65km (about 40 minutes) away. See later for directions from the airport.


Banks and money

The currency is the Euro. There are several banks and ATM machines in town. Bank opening hours are 8.30am to 3pm on weekdays. Credit cards are accepted almost universally.


Beaches

Carvoeiro has a small sandy beach with great swimming facilities. Within easy reach are many other beaches, some spectacular. Even in the height of summer they rarely get crowded.


Drinking water

Tap water is safe. If you prefer, supermarkets stock bottled water.


Food and drink welcome pack

There is a large supermarket on the way into Carvoeiro after you have left Lagos. We suggest that you stop here to buy any immediate supplies that you need. However, if you will be arriving very late, then arrangements can be made to have these delivered to the villa. Please ask if you need this service at a small extra charge.


Golf

Carvoeiro is an excellent base for a golfing holiday, even in winter. There are three courses near by Quinta do Gramacho, Vale de Pinta and Vale do Milho. There are several more within a comfortable drive away.


Places of Interest

Some nearby place include the following and is by no means exhaustive. There are 2 water slide parks nearby.

  • Slide & Splash is the nearest near Lagoa on the old N125 road to Portimăo. The Big One is about 5 miles away towards Faro.
  • The Zoomarine sea park has shows and displays of seals, sea lions and dolphins near Guia, 6 miles from Lagoa towards Faro.
  • There are many sight seeing boat trips to choose from departing from Portimăo.
  • The Monchique mountains are about an hour away. In the cool mountains are the spa towns of Monchique and Foia.

Restaurants

You will not be disappointed with the great and extensive choice of restaurants available, ranging from a quick snack to a gourmet meal. Most are Portuguese serving excellent seafood and steaks. There are also Italian, Indian, Thai and Chinese restaurants available as well.The Goan fish curry in both the Indian restaurants is fantastic.


Self catering

There is an excellent fish, meat and vegetable market open daily in the town centre. The produce are local, good and relatively inexpensive. Ideal if you want to barbecue your own sardines on the outdoor barbecue at Oleanders. There are several small supermarkets in town. A larger one is found on the road to Lagoa.


Shopping

There are plenty of shops in town to buy newspapers, clothes, beach kit, fishing gear and souvenirs.


Sport

Tennis, horse riding, windsurfing, sailing and deep seas fishing are all available fairly locally.


Taxis

There is taxi rank in the middle of the town.


Tourist Office

This is found in the centre on the square.


Voltage

220v AC with a continental 2 pin plug. Please bring your own adapters.


Weather

It is generally warm all year round although the evenings can be chilly in early and late season.

  Air temp ºC (ºF) Sea temp ºC (ºF)
January 12 (54) 15 (59)
February 12 (54) 16 (61)
March 14 (57) 17 (62)
April 15 (59) 18 (64)
May 18 (64) 19 (66)
June 21 (69) 21 (69)
July 23 (73) 21 (69)
August 24 (75) 20 (67)
September 22 (72) 19 (66)
October 18 (64) 18 (64)
November 15 (59) 16 (61)
December 13 (55) 14 (57)