How to spend 24 blissful hours in Carvoeiro

A day in Carvoeiro is packed with possibility. This central Algarve resort has been top of the list for international buyers seeking affordable holiday homes for over 40 years. Here are some great ways to spend your day, courtesy of our Portugal property experts.

 24 hours in Carvoeiro


7.00am: Wake up with a run. Sloping cobbled streets take you down to the beach from residential areas including Monte Servo or, hike the Carvoeiro boardwalk, ending with a steep descent from the cliff tops to the famous Algar Seco rock formation.

8.00am: Collect your daily bread and pastéis de nata from Fabrica Velha Pastelaria. Stay for coffee on the terrace while the locals start their day.

9.00am: A Carvoeiro villa with pool is one of the most rewarding aspects of buying property in the Algarve. Make the most of it with leisurely laps before breakfast.

10.00am: For your morning golf, choose between 2 championship Pestana courses, Vale da Pinta and Gramacho. 10 minutes’ drive from central Carvoeiro, Gramacho makes a fantastic play for all handicaps. With mountain views and a countryside setting, it’s also home to villas like this.

11.00am: While Carvoeiro has grown increasingly sophisticated in recent years, it still offers excellent value for families. With new slides and rides planned for 2018, you’ll easily spend a whole day at Slide and Splash Waterpark.

12 noon: As the sun climbs higher, take an air-conditioned drive to the supermarket. With convenient parking and excellent wines  Intermarché is a 5 minute drive from just about anywhere in Carvoeiro. For super fresh produce, a visit Carvoeiro’s municipal market is also a must.

1.00pm: Restaurante O Stop – the beach bar at Praia do Vale Centeanes – is our favourite lunchtime haunt for seafood and Rosé. This close to the border, a siesta (sesta in Portuguese) is also recommended. Beautiful gardens at this villa in Vale de Rei offer numerous shady spots for a nap.

4.00pm: “The sea is beautiful, the water is neither too hot nor too cold, the waves ….are gentle enough for paddling and discovering the coves” say the European Best Destinations experts, who named Praia do Carvoeiro Europe’s best beach for 2018. Whether sun worshipping or exploring the sea caves, this is the beach to do it from.

7.00pm: The recently renovated Carvoeiro Tivoli hotel boasts a seriously cool rooftop bar. Pre-dinner cocktails, sea views and a genial mix of locals and expats get the Winkworth seal of approval.

8.00pm: Carvoeiro has restaurants to suit every taste and budget. Michelin-starred Bon Bon features an exquisite tasting menu of local ingredients, while Restaurant A Galé is all about Portuguese hospitality, excellent Piri Piri chicken and a well-cooked steak.

10.00pm: Feeling sociable? Late night shops and cafés, live music and twinkling lights illuminate the town square next to Praia do Carvoeiro all summer long.

12.00am: Conviviality gives way to tranquility in the quiet residential roads around Carvoeiro, where a great night’s sleep is guaranteed.

7.00am: Do it all over again! To experience a lifetime of perfect days in Portugal, arrange a Carvoeiro villa viewing with Winkworth International.