Holidays to Carvoeiro combine unspoiled beaches, picturesque cliff walks and traditional village charm for a blissfully laidback Algarve experience.

Ancient traditions

Sitting between the sandstone cliffs of Portugal's southern Algarve coast, Carvoeiro's brimming with both natural and manmade beauty. Whitewashed houses line the streets, seafood restaurants hide behind every corner and lush green hills roll to the horizon. The lighthouse stands as a pretty reminder of the spot's fishing village roots.

Riverside strolls

Dedicate a day to exploring Silves, just a 20-minute drive from Carvoeiro. An inland Algarve gem, Silves is a tantalising mix of riverside walks, citrus groves and lush countryside. Head uphill to explore the history of the Moorish Castle of Silves – you can admire sculptures, wander around the gardens and check out the remains of the fortress before stopping off at the café.

Beach hopping

Carvoeiro's got a healthy handful of seaside spots. The first stop for most visitors is the golden arc of sand right in front of the village – during summer, you can up the relaxation by renting a sunlounger. Next door is the slightly more secluded Praia do Paraiso, with a backdrop of photogenic cliffs.

At a Glance

  • Walk the clifftops for panoramic views of the coast
  • Feast on fresh seafood in traditional village restaurants
  • Relax on the golden sands of Carvoeiro's horseshoe-shaped beach