Carvoeiro Travel Guide

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    Carvoeiro Beach
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    Carneiros on an evening
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Carvoeiro Highlights

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     It's nice and quiet in march 

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     there is not a great deal to do 

  • In a nutshell
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     An example of how tourism can spoil places. 

Carvoeiro Things to Do

  • Algar Seco

    The most beautiful spot around Carvoeiro is this strange rock formation, used to shelter a bar. Erosion is dictating its laws, (with men's help), but it's still possible to see some odd formations.One doubt: Is it still there the panther that I caught in a 1975's photo? Since I had no answer I must go there and check! Maybe this summer...

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  • Visit Beaches

    use Cavoiero as a base and visit the fantastic beaches around the Algarve. No point in sitting by the pool all holiday - you're missing out on some fantastic scenery and very diverse beaches!

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  • Zoomarine

    Excellent day out for the family. We travelled in May04 and the day we went to Zoomarine was a scorcher. Luckily we took swimming gear so were able to cool off after watching the dolphin show (2 ppols available with attendants). The kids loved it. Do try to get there early and find a seat in the shade.I can't recall the full cost of entry but you...

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Carvoeiro Restaurants

  • The best kept secret in Carvoiero

    Villa Nova restaurant doesn't look like much from the outside, as the restaurant of the Villa Nova apartment complex, but don't let it's looks fool you! Lurking beside the complex pool you expect it to be serving up fast food or the average "Portuguese" fare that a lot of restaurants are guilty of, but don't be fooled! Annibal and his team will...

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  • Great Ice Creams

    Next to the beach this Cafe/restaurant serves great ice creams to eat in or take away. sadly the service is certainly lacking as the waiters seem far more interested in talking to each other and serving customers certainly seems to be a major hardship in there life’s. The girl that served us plainly did not want to be there and after a long wait...

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  • A good Chinese

    Not much from the outside but nice inside, The service was excellent, fast and efficient.The food was lovely and the nice range on the menu should suit everone.They even offer a take away service, something that i have not noticed advertised before on the AlgarveIt's Open Everyday 12:00 - 15:00, 1800 - 23:30 Set menu for 2 is 23.00e

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  • Best pizza and pasta in Carvoeiro!!!

    Very simple place...with italian colours gently spread allover...friendly prices to a extremely tastfull food!!! cant´be true...but it is!!!Some other places i visited in carvoeiro had deep pan pizza wich i didnt like because is is not the real thing... But the pizza in california is what i had in my last holidays in italy!On high season allways...

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  • Don´t miss the traditional seafood...

    Slow food restaurant with an enchanting leafy garden! Probabily the oldest in Carvoeiro with very refined cuisine and friendly staff...Ana his the head waitress an t2 will help you with wine selection.Tony is the chef!As the name show´s it was an art galerie so u will find loads of paintings all over the wall.hope u enjoy as much as i did!thomas...

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  • Icecreammmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!

    After your stroll along the beach, make time to visit one of the many restaurants here. We plonked ourselves down in the Bella Italia, and settled for one of their delicious Sundaes. They have a good variety, and I settled for the Chocolate and Strawberry Sundae. Mmmmm, wonderful!The cost of each is around 5 Euros.

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Carvoeiro Nightlife

  • live music

    Have been here many times and really love it. It's just a pub, not a cafe or restaurant as well and it specialises in music. Live music, live music concerts on the tv's or late disco.Other musicians often get up to have a go and jam with the house band and the atmosphere is lively and fun. Last time I was there they had a new lead guitarist who was...

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  • Real Cocktails

    Run by British expats, this place has a long list of the most authentic Cocktails I've tasted in a long time. I'd gone on holiday craving colored cocktails complete with umbrellas, and had a few from sub-par bars. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed because they were mostly mixers, and little alcohol. We heard Bar Havana was Football Free (even...

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Carvoeiro Local Customs

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    by Lanypoo1979 Written Jul 8, 2004

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    Learn a couple key phrases, like 'Thank You', which is obrigado (when thanking a man), and obrigada (when thanking a woman). Some are unphased by meager attempts at the language. Others smile widely when you try, but they reply with English.

    Most speak English, by the way. The Portuguese are very friendly.

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Carvoeiro Tourist Traps

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    by Lanypoo1979 Written Jul 8, 2004

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    We saw this boat trip in the brochure, and thought it looked really cool. It advertised a cruise up the Algarve's coastline, which I was eager to see because Carvoeiro was so lovely. The cruise was followed by a trip to a private beach, which included a beach barbecue.

    Right off the bat, we lost about 2 hours waiting for some Russians because they're bus got lost. Then, alot of women were complaining about getting seasick, or worrying about their kids getting sick. None of them were actually sick, or looked as if they would be. If they were feeling nauseaous, it was probably cocktails the night prior! As far as the kids, they were climbing around like monkeys! So they cut the cruise WAY short, blaming 'rough' seas. We got to the beach, my boyfriend nearly stepped in a pile of dog crap and I almost stepped on a HUGE broken bottle. The beach was DIRTY. The barbecue consisted of hot dogs, sardines, pork, 'salad', stale bread, and terrible wine. I had a sliver of pork and the bread, and went away hungry (I'm iffy about hot dogs, fish, or uncooked veggies on hols, so partially my fault).

    Unique Suggestions: Um... It would have been great if they would have just sailed on time, despite the missing Russians. It would have been great if they just sailed up the coast. If you happen to catch them at either time, it would be good fun.

    Fun Alternatives: There are boats on Carvoeiro beach, that sail to the various beaches and coves. Probably cheaper than the 50 Euros we wasted.

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Carvoeiro Favorites

  • Final Beach View

    One final view of the pretty beach here, with the modern villas with their magnificent views of the Atlantic, atop the cliffs.And, it was hot - very hot, especially for early October!!

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  • The Town

    The original single village street has now become three streets, each with its with bars, smart restaurants and tourist shops. Tthere are still examples of the older quaint small houses tucked in between the modern ones. A 36-Hole Golf and Holiday Complex is to be found to the west of the village together with a well run Tennis Centre. To the east,...

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  • A Pretty Town

    We only spent a short while in Carvoeiro, so never really got to see the older parts of town. This picture does, however, show some pretty villas just above the beach. Mainly the villas are very modern and obviously owned by outsiders.

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