Worth seeing in Carvoeiro and the surrounding area:
Carvoeiro (1.5 km): The days when the fishing boats would set out to catch tuna from the Carvoeiro beach are long gone, but this atmosphere is still very much alive in the village.
On the cliff overhanging the sea, you'll find the ruins of the Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception) fortress walls, dating back to the 17th century. Inside the fortress, the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Encarnação (Our Lady of Incarnation), patron saint of fishermen. Near the holiday village, you can't miss the amazing Algar Seco rock formations, forged by the wind and the Atlantic, and the romantic Varanda dos Namorados (Lovers' Terrace).
Ferragudo (8km away): This former fishing village has successfully preserved its picturesque style with the hodgepodge of stacked houses, its typical streets of white-washed houses and the church perched on a hilltop.
The Benagil caves (8 km): Benagil and its magnificent coastal caves carved into the cliff are an absolute must-see during your holiday. Explore on foot from the beach or by boat.
Portimão (11 km away): located in the Alvor Estuary, it's one of the most popular towns in the Algarve. The estuary is not only a sanctuary for many species of migrant birds but it's also a place to collect salt and shellfish. On the harbour, there is no shortage of renowned restaurants where you can enjoy local specialities made with fish and shellfish, not to mention the traditional desserts - the "morgados", "bolas de ovo" (egg balls) and the "figos cheios" (stuffed figs) made from figs and almonds. You can also wander around the old town with its pretty boutiques where you'll discover local crafts made using lace and basketry.
Other sights around Portimao: the ruins of a Roman villa found on the archaeological site of Abicada.
Lagos (33 km away): a city where past and present are intrinsically linked. Walk in the town to see the architecture and most important historic sites, which have remained intact despite urban development: Santo Antonio church and Ponta da Bandeira fort.
Explore the impressive diversity of Lagos and its region: gastronomy, cultural diversity, nightlife and a beautiful natural setting. Enjoy the stunning beaches offering water sports such as surfing and sailing.