The idyllic, horse-shoe shaped bay of Carvoeiro is a picturesque Portuguese fishing village steeped in historical heritage and rich tradition. Rugged rock formations create a dramatic backdrop to this tranquil place, in which golden sand beaches and austere white buildings neighbour 17th century structures. The town centre comprises of relaxed roads smattered with artisan treasure troves and cosmopolitan pubs, but the village’s most alluring attractions lie with the captivating crevices of the coast, within which mysterious coves, crumbling cliffs and rugged rocks reside.
Carvoeiro’s most stunning sights are not architectural; the village’s most iconic natural landmarks exude captivating coastal splendour so head the dramatic cliffs and blissful beaches for a selection of arresting visions; the town’s principal beach is Praia do Carvoeiro, a picturesque pocket of sand protected by crumbling coves and decorated with traditional fishing boats. A strenuous stroll to the cliff top of Cabo de Carvoeiro will bring visitors to the pristine lighthouse perched upon the summit and afford panoramic ocean vistas.
Arguably the town’s most distinctive natural wonder, the Algar Seco is a collection of spectacular rock formations moulded into strange shapes by the sea’s energetic and erosive waves. The rugged rocks have a surrealist quality reminiscent of a Dali painting and will certainly satisfy travellers seeking something a little different.
Enjoying a stunning sea front location and a sophisticated terrace from which to enjoy outstanding ocean vistas, the Tapas Bar Bodega is an internationally influenced treasure serving tempting tapas in a dynamically decorated restaurant. The mixed tapas platter bursts with fresh flavour and vibrant colour, delivering succulent olives, sizzling chorizo, salty cheese and sweet red peppers.(Rampa Sra. da Encarnação 5, Carvoeiro )