What to do and see in Carvoeiro, Portugal: The Best Places and Tips

July 19, 2017 Rosalyn Ihle

Discover the best top things to do in Carvoeiro, Portugal including Carvoeiro Boardwalk, Praia marinha, Algar Seco, Praia do Carvalho, Vale de Centeanes Beach, Carvoeiro Beach, Farol de Alfanzina/Alfanzina lighthouse, Vale de Covo Beach, Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Encarnacao, Carvoeiro Tennis Club.
Restaurants in Carvoeiro

1. Carvoeiro Boardwalk

Estrada do Algar Seco, Carvoeiro, Portugal
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 763 reviews

Carvoeiro Boardwalk

Reviewed By Sabine K

Carvoeiro built this boardwalk about 2 1/2 years ago and it is excellent and good fun, especially with nice weather (which is 310 days in a year), and blue skies. At the end you can have lunch at the ALGA SECO Restaurant. Good quality and all very fresh, especially the fish, which the fisherman from Carvoeiro delivers every morning! Service is friendly and quick! The view over the blue pools directly to the ocean is spectacular!! Go there on a nice sunny day, you won´t be disappointed. We live in Carvoeiro for 6 months every year and we always have lunch there when we feel like it!

2. Praia marinha

Carvoeiro, Portugal +351 964 596 969
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Praia marinha

Reviewed By skittles1 - ontario

We are staying in Carvoeiro, but love to hike the cliffs at Marina. Absolutely breathtaking. Bring your lunch and eat at the provided picnic area! At this time of year the beach is deserted and gorgeous

3. Algar Seco

Algar Seco, Carvoeiro 8400, Portugal +351 282 350 400
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 825 reviews

Algar Seco

Reviewed By Paul M - Brighton, United Kingdom

...and I didn’t even get to go in - yet!
From the clifftop path it is evidently something spectacular - the sparking turquoise colour of the water against the vivid orange cliffs - is stunning even in the winter sunlight.
But it is perhaps the accessibility and breathtaking scale of the caves that is unusual for this part of Europe.
Take a boat trip to the caves from Carvoeiro - you won’t regret it!

4. Praia do Carvalho

R de Algarve | Lagoa, Carvoeiro, Portugal
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 308 reviews

Praia do Carvalho

Reviewed By Cyrus M

This place is amazing. discovered the cove entirely by accident whilst walking the coastline trail and then descended down through a maze of stairs carved out of the natural stone of the coastline. Did not expect to find the quaintest and most romantic little cove beach I have seen for a long while at the end of the trail. You don't get a glimpse of the beach until you actually arrive on the sand and from there you are naturally drawn into simply diving into the maginificent sea. The waves were quite big the day we arrived and the sea temperatures were a little 'fresh' to say the least but that did not stop us from charging in and having the most wonderful swim and freshen up in the hot midday sun. some bathers took the plunge off the surrounding cliffs which looked amazing and exciting but perhaps also a tad dangerous. Not exactly my style to take a risk like that but many others were brave enough to do so. The water is exhillerating and so clear and fresh that you can literally see the fish swim up to you and almost touch them. Stunning views and lovely soft sand make for a wonderful experience and a gorgeous day out. I will certainly be hoping to return here again asap. well worth the long walk down the hill and of course back up again and frankly made me feel 20 years younger

5. Vale de Centeanes Beach

Carvoeiro, Portugal
Excellent
52%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 185 reviews

Vale de Centeanes Beach

Reviewed By StanstedPete - Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom

There are many glorious sandy Beaches on the Algarve, but some of them are hard to get to - indeed some are only accessible by boat. Vale de Centeanes is 10 minutes walk from the beautiful Rocha Brava resort, and it's downhill all the way (until it's time to come back, of course). There's a little bar/restaurant and at the right time of the year you can watch the sunset.

6. Carvoeiro Beach

Carvoeiro, Portugal +351 966 220 042
Excellent
46%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 388 reviews

Carvoeiro Beach

Reviewed By taiwantraveller - Toronto, Canada

In February the beach was relatively quiet except for a few beach goers and a couple boats. The beach is located in central Carvoeiro and is easily accessed by the boardwalk. Many of the restaurants and shops were still closed in the area but plenty of places were still open. I suspect you’ll want to get there early to secure a spot in the busy summer season.

7. Farol de Alfanzina/Alfanzina lighthouse

M1274, Carvoeiro 6120-313, Portugal
Excellent
36%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 82 reviews

Farol de Alfanzina/Alfanzina lighthouse

Reviewed By Kimberly0079 - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

It is important for people to realize that many of the reviews for this restaurant reflect the previous management. The new operators are offering superb service and excellent food. We were a group of four dining here in late September and we're still talking about our memorable experience. The lamb was delicious, the Portuguese steak was flavourful and my strip-loin steak was cooked to perfection. Our hosts could not do enough for us and they graciously allowed to linger into the evening. We highly recommend this restaurant.

8. Vale de Covo Beach

Carvoeiro 8400-553, Portugal
Excellent
51%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Vale de Covo Beach

Reviewed By naugaman - Setauket, New York

This is the view from the Tivoli hotel. Everyone else has to travel the coastal walkway; sometimes with some risk. But the view is incredible. Not sure if the beach(small as it is) is easy to access nor worth the trip down the walkway. If it is , remember you are there by yourself. No lifeguards

9. Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Encarnacao

Rampa Sra. da Encarnacao 29, Carvoeiro, Portugal
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Encarnacao

Reviewed By Denise L - Dublin, Ireland

Cute little church. 10.30 mass on Sunday. Breathtaking views of the Algarve. Long uphill walk but well worth visiting.

10. Carvoeiro Tennis Club

Mato Serrão, Carvoeiro 8400-556, Portugal +351 282 358 236
Excellent
55%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
9%
Terrible
18%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Carvoeiro Tennis Club

Welcome to the Carvoeiro Clube de Tenis, more than just a tennis club! Established over 25 years ago we are one of the largest and most active tennis clubs in the Algarve. With 8 Australian Blue hard courts,2 Astroturf courts and 5 mini-courts for either social tennis or official Tennis Federation tournaments, our club can offer exactly what you're looking for. Our multi-sport court can host a wide range of team sports. Fitness fans will enjoy our fully equipped gym and dance studio. When you have finished working up a sweat, relax on our stunning poolside Terrace with bar or grab a bite to eat in our colourful garden restaurant. Tennis Courts Lessons Gym Aerobics Pool Restaurant Mini-Golf Dance Sport Coffee Shop Eat, drink, play Carvoeiro Clube de Tenis is the hub of the Algarve tennis community and is open to members and non-members. It really is more than just a tennis club!

Reviewed By Pedro C - Los Angeles, California

We stayed at one of the local resorts adjacents to this place, and one of the main reasons for choosing it was access to this club. It was a complete disappointment. There is apparently a clear disdain for people that stay in rented properties and this shows through very clearly.
The facilities are not nearly as described. In general the entire place is ran down, the putt-putt golf course is in awful shape, and attendants are rarely found when needed. One can imagine how this must have been a nice club when far fewer houses were around.
The gym staff alternates between indifferent or plain-rude, depending on who you get. Two out of three treadmill machines did not work, the weights were all over the place, and children were allowed to hang out without adult supervision.
Very rarely have we seen health clubs with a greater potential for injuries. Use at your own risk and be aware there is no air conditioning. This would be a bad free gym at a hotel, let alone when you are paying for it.

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