Located opposite the castle, the Convent of the Holy Spirit was built in the 17th and 18th centuries on the site of a former Convent of Franciscan Nuns of Our Lady of Conception, which held inside a church that no longer survives. Today only the neoclassical cloister remains and is home to the Municipal Art Gallery and a venue for temporary...more
Housed inside the main hall of the castle, the towns small museum exhibits many artefacts found on the site of the castle by various archaeological digs. These include Roman capitals, pots, jars, coins etc. The glass floor exposes excavated Moorish ruins. Open: 9am-5.30pm Mon-Fri & 10am-2pm Sat. Admission: €1.50.more
Said to date back to the Moorish period of the 10th century, the mighty walls of Loule's castle still stand and look pretty domineering even to this day. The town was conquered by Dom Afonso III (1248-79) in 1249 with the help of the knights of the Order of Santiago. After this the castle was adapted in the following centuries with a main hall...more
This tiny chapel is located opposite the entrance to the castle. It was built in the mid-17th century in gratitude for Portugal having regained its independence from Spain. Inside, it's said to be covered with tiles depicting scenes from the life of Christ, a rich and gilded altarpiece panel representing the Assumption of Our Lady.more
Duarte Pacheco (1899 - 1943) was an engineer and statesman who was born in Loule. A brilliant student of the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, where he graduated in 1923 in Electrical Engineering, he became a professor and acting director in 1926 teaching General Mathematics. He later went into political office where he was Minister of Public...more
Located just to the southeast of the town centre, this convent was originally a convent of cloistered Franciscan friars (1328) and later of Augustinian friars (1580). The building was badly damaged in the 1755 earthquake and was sold to private individuals who turned the area of the chapels into living quarters. The great arch of the entrance to...more
The first reference to the Misericordia of Loule was in 1568 and it's also known as Nossa Senhora dos Pobres (Our Lady of the Poor). Its portico is in the Manueline style, unique to Portugal, as is the upper window. In front of the door is a limestone cross which has on one side the image of Christ on the cross and on the other Our Lady of the...more
The towns market is located right in the centre of town and was built in the Arabian style. It's open every morning except Sunday and was one of the best I came across during my time exploring the Algarve. Not only does it have fish, meat and fruit/vegetable stalls, it also has stalls selling flowers, grocery items, bakery, ironmongery and stalls...more
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The bus station is located about 250m north of the town centre. I hired a car for my time in the Algarve as I wanted the freedom of exploring all the way along the coast from Cabo de Sao Vicente in the west to Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the Spanish border in the east and so didn't use the local bus. However, there is a very useful English website dedicated to bus routes and timetables etc which you can find below. If you don't have a car then this is the next best way of getting around the Algarve as well as the train, details of which are also provided on the same website.
This pedestrianised street is located to the west of the castle and is lined with small shops and a few restaurants and cafes.
I was part of a rugby tour that took part in a yearly Cup that is contested by a few teams from across europe... It was a great laugh...Loulé RC was a memorable, (or not so!) part of their tour. The Club house at Loulé resembles a bull ring and has witnessed many rugby touring traditions.. If I can recall about 150 Naked Men singing a song or...more
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The useful tourist information office is located in the middle of town on the road that leads to the bus station. Here they dish out leaflets, booklets and maps.
Avenida 25 de Abril, nº 9