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Have you ever been to Carvoeiro?

Carvoeiro is a small village located in the southern region of Portugal, the Algarve. In the past it was a fishing village and nowadays is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations that every traveler should have in their bucketlist. The landscape is of charming white houses that crumble next to calcareous cliffs, bathed by the sea of crystalline turquoise waters. Carvoeiro is a heavenly image, close to the best beaches in the Algarve, and according to CNN, one of the best beaches in the world, Praia da Marinha. By knowing the beaches of Carvoeiro you will be visiting a hidden gem of the world, until then, and completing your vision of paradise. Right in the center of the village, next to the beach of Carvoeiro, you will find many bars and restaurants ready to welcome you with the best of Portuguese hospitality, in a charming environment while enjoying a fresh drink and the paradisiacal view. It is one of the highlights of the Algarve, whose natural beauty will enchant you with every view.

Best Things To Do in Carvoeiro

1 - Marinha Beach

Having been named as one of the best beaches in the world by various sources, the Marinha Beach is the jewel of the Algarve. It presents a paradisiacal landscape where the cliffs and rocks kiss the sea, and visitors can swim in the clear water or relax in the sun on the white sand.

2 - Boat Tours to the Marine Caves

The coastal region that covers the village of Carvoeiro is full of beautiful beaches between cliffs and magnificent rocks. In some of these rocks are formed incredible marine caves, which, having only access by the sea, can only be visited by boat. One of the highlights of your stay will be a stroll in these caves.

3 - Visit the Algar Seco

Algar Seco is a group of rock formations that, shaped by the wind, transform the coast of Carvoeiro into a unique scenery. You can walk very carefully along the paths between the rocks, and enjoy the wonderful view of the sea and the lagoons and caves hidden in the cliffs, which for generations have kept the secrets of the Algarve.

4 - Carvoeiro Beach

Carvoeiro Beach is one of the most visited beaches in the Algarve, located right next to the village center. It has high quality services, from hotels to restaurants, to satisfy the needs of tourists. Being surrounded by cliffs, it is a beach without great waves and suitable for bathers and family fun.

5 - Get to know the center of the village

The main economic sector of the local population is tourism, so the entire center of the village of Carvoeiro is aimed at tourists. There are a lot of restaurants and bars to cater to visitors, and the streets are full of South-European charm.

6 - Carvalho Beach

After descending a staircase and passing through two tunnels inside cliffs you arrive at the beautiful Carvalho Beach. Next to Carvoeiro, this small beach is a favorite of visitors, due to its charming and peculiar shape. Whoever visits has the impression of being on a secret beach.

7 - Alfanzina Lighthouse

The Alfanzina Lighthouse is one of the most visited attractions of Carvoeiro, situated next to Carvoeiro beach and the village center. Built on the top of a cliff with the purpose of guiding the boats and fishermen of the region, nowadays it is part of the traditional landscape of the Algarve and the history of the village of Carvoeiro.

8 - Centeanes Valley Beach

Another well-known treasure is the beach of the Centeanes valley. Its sea has incredibly beautiful blue shades under the sun in contrast to the warm sand and tourists love it. It is a beach surrounded by cliffs and, being smaller, is more easily found (almost) empty, ideal for those who seek a relaxing moment.

9 - Visit the Grotto of Benagil

In a village near Carvoeiro is the famous Benagil Cave, one of the most beautiful marine caves in the world. You can get to know this huge grotto pierced to the feet of the sea in boating, kayaking or even SUP from cities all over the Algarve.

10 - Walk on the Footbridge

The newly built footbridge of Carvoeiro is perfect for a walk in the morning or during a late afternoon while admiring the sunset. Many locals already enjoy it daily, and there are those who visit it only for the observation of local birds, as well as the rock formations and blue horizon.

What People Are Saying

"It was an amazing experience ! We had the nicest guides, Carlos and Bruno gave us so much information in a charming and entertaining way. We would definitely recommend this tour!!!!"
"Fuimos un grupo de 5, 3 adultos y 2 niños y nos encantó la excursión. Cuevas increíbles, vistas espectaculares y gracias a los dos patrones Miguel y Robinson, por las explicaciones y por hacerlo aún más divertido y emocionante. Gracias."
"Die beste Erfahrung während unseres Aufenthalts in Faro. "
"The boat trip was very beautiful although the day was not sunny, . We were able to enter many caves and see the beautiful beaches. It was a good experience."
"We booked a half day tour from Paderne and we were not disappointed. We have been coming here for over 10 years and wish we had done it sooner. Our guide Nuno was fantastic, full of lots of interesting facts that we had no idea about and was lovely to learn a little about the culture and history of the Algarve. We had our 7 year old with us who never became bored because Nuno made sure to add in lots of fun along the way. We collected lots of things for a school project and had an amazing time off-roading up in the mountains. Our little monster said it was 'the best day ever' so if that is not a recommendation I don't know what is! ;) Thanks Nuno for a fabulous morning, the best adventure and lots of laughs! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED :)"
"Absolutely brilliant. The tour took us into amazing cave spaces with our boat captain, Joao, was fantastic and very knowledgeable of the coast line and also the fossils in the case. From 11 to 70 we all had an fantastic tour and we all loved it"

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