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What to do in Carvoeiro, Algarve

Discover the Best Things to Do in Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro, Algarve, is a captivating fishing town known for its stunning natural beauty. Explore the whitewashed houses, sheltered bay, and iconic Algarve coastline with crystal-clear waters and dramatic cliffs. Hike the breathtaking cliffs and visit enchanting caves and experience panoramic views. Indulge in the vibrant atmosphere with a variety of bars and restaurants.

Things to do in Carvoeiro - Praia do Carvoeiro
Praia do Carvoeiro

Uncover Carvoeiro's top attractions with my insider's guide (I partly grew up here!) Enjoy adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion. Experience the best of Carvoeiro!



Hike to Praia dos Três Castelos


If you're staying in Carvoeiro you have to take a hike to this incredible place! You will always have this beach to yourself. Why? Well… it’s only accessible by a long wooden (little bit scary and sketchy) ladder down the cliff. 🤭 Get sweaty on the this stunning hike and cool off by taking a swim in this beautiful bay.

Things to do in Carvoeiro
Praia do Paraiso, Carvoeiro



See Benagil beach and the famous cave

From €35

While Benagil has gained considerable popularity, it's still possible to avoid the crowds. Beat the rush by visiting early in the morning or plan your holiday during the mid or low season. Nestled on the cliffs, this charming fisherman town boasts picturesque white-washed houses and a stunning sandy beach where you can witness the early morning departure of fishing boats.

Embark on a boat tour to explore the mesmerizing coastline and magnificent caves, including the famous Benagil Cave.

For those seeking a more active adventure, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is an excellent option to explore the caves and stunning coastline. Opt for a guided tour to ensure an optimal and safe experience.

If exploring beaches is something you love to do, Check our my blog about my favorite beaches in the Algarve.

Things to do in Carvoeiro, Algarve
Benagil Cave, Algarve



Go on road trip to the wild west coast


Wondering what to do and feeling like going a road trip? The Algarve is a haven for road trip enthusiasts, offering wide and uncrowded roads that wind through breathtaking landscapes. Embark on a journey of exploration, uncovering stunning beaches and captivating natural wonders.

From Carvoeiro, a scenic one-hour drive will take you to the pristine and untouched west coast of the Algarve. As you round the southwest corner of Portugal, the scenery undergoes a remarkable transformation, providing a truly magical experience. So, hop into your car and set out to explore this piece of paradise.

Tip: check out Praia da Cordoama. I promise, you will not be disappointed. The drive there is magical.

Things to do in Carvoeiro
Grainy analog shot of Praia da Cordoama, Algarve West coast



Enjoy beautiful cliff hikes


Absolutely one of my favorite things to do in Carvoeiro (the whole Algarve actually) is to go on a cliff hike. It just never get's old. There are some beautiful trails taking you along the enormous golden cliffs and the clear blue Atlantic. When you walk in eastern direction up the cliff from the centre of Carvoeiro. You'll find boardwalks that take you along the beautiful coastline and past some stunning caves (see picture below).

things to do in Carvoeiro
Carvoeiro Caves



Go on a sup tour


Unleash Your Adventurous Side: go stand-up paddleboarding in Carvoeiro and surroundings

Wondering what to do on a hot summer day? Carvoeiro and its picturesque surroundings offer an abundance of opportunities for SUPPING enthusiasts. With a wealth of natural bridges, sea caves, and crystal-clear waters, SUP becomes the perfect activity to indulge in during good weather. Simply search for surf/SUP schools in the area, and they will guide you on an incredible journey of exploration. Unleash your sense of adventure and embark on an unforgettable SUP trip in (or around) Carvoeiro!

Things to do in Carvoeiro: SUP
SUP at the stunning Algarve coast line



Go on a cave or dolphin tour

From €40

Very touristy but for a good reason, it's fun! A great thing to do when staying in Carvoeiro is to go on a cave or dolphin tour. There are many companies on the south coast that take you on their boat onto the Atlantic and explore the beautiful coastline.

things to do in and around carver - Dophin watching
Dophin Tour, Algarve



See the famous Azulejos and potteries


Who doesn't love them? The typical traditional tiles called azulejos and the beautiful handmade colorful ceramics. Azulejos are not just to be found in Porto and Lissabon but also in the Algarve. If you're into the ceramics also make sure to visit one of many potteries. There are many close to Carvoeiro. My personal favorite is Porches Pottery in Porches.

Things to do in Carvoeiro
Porches Pottery



Horse riding

From €50

There are several riding schools in and near Carvoeiro. Go for a relaxing beach ride, admire the sunset from a horse back, explore the rural Algarve orange groves and cork fields or explore the beautiful ocean up from the dramatic cliffs overlooking the clear blue Atlantic! A perfect adventurous activity whilst staying in Carvoeiro.

things to do in Carvoeiro: horse riding
Horse riding Algarve



Enjoy good food and sunset drinks

Carvoeiro is packed with lovely places to go for food and drinks. But, many options can make it hard to choose. To help you out I've selected my favorite places for you to enjoy! Have a look at all my favorite cafes and restaurants in and around Carvoeiro.👇

things to do in Carvoeiro
Restaurants in Carvoeiro


This is just a selection of my favorite things to do in Carvoeiro but there are so many other great things to do like visiting one of te many large shopping malls, visiting beautiful old towns around like Silves or Tavira, visit Portuguese markets or enjoy dinner at one of many great fish restaurants.


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