Its mild climate, natural beauty, golf courses and good hotel and restaurant facilities make the area a favorite destination for many tourists in the warmer months. Its beautiful beaches, many of them with the Blue Flag, and the famous Vilamoura Marina stand out. Enjoy the visit and discover the architecture and local history: enter the Church of São Clemente, pass by the Convento da Graça and the Castle of Loulé and visit the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição. Don't miss the ruins of the Castle of Salir and the Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila. The typical cuisine of the area allows you to taste the famous chicken "cerejada", the "cabidela" rooster, the lamb leg in the pan, the wild boar "feijoada" and, for dessert, the "xerém", "cavacas" and "carrasquinhas". The biggest festivity of the year is the famous Carnival of Loulé, which takes place over three days and attracts hundreds of people to the streets of the city.
What to do in Loulé
Castelo de Loulé
As so happens in several towns of the Algarve, on can see the presence of various peoples in Loulé: phoenicians, carthaginian, romans and moors, who take over the city in 715. The Christian reconquest occurs in 1249 and in 1268 the fortress is reconstructed and enlarged. Later, in the 16th century, it is rebuilt. Currently, there are still some vestiges …
Parque Natural da Ria Formosa
This park, with an area of over 18 thousand hectares, is one of the best places in the Algarve. A place of great natural beauty, it houses about fifty species of animals and another fifty of plants. It is a large natural channel that flows paralel to the sea.
Convento da Graça
All that is left of this gothic temple is the gothic portal, sided by two even columns of polished marble with chapiters with vegetal decoration. The last archivolt is furrowed with stylized flowers and there is a star with six beaks at the top.
Marina de Vilamoura
A high priced marina with 1300 spaces, usually full. Reservations are essential, since it is the most sought after marina in the country. It has a wide backup complex to recreational sailing, with several reparing services and much more. The surrounding area has shops, bars, restaurants, hotels and is quite lively in the evening. Nearby there are lovely beaches and …
Praia de Vale do Lobo
Quite attended in the summer, this beach is equipped with quality infrastructures. It has fine water and several nautical sports take place there. There is a luxury restaurant and a sports pavilion nearby.
Praia do Ancão
A beach with a rather wide stretch of sand where the Ria Formosa begins. Located by a luxury tourism village, the sand is very clean, the water of good quality and there are several backup equipments. One may practise several …
Ocean Golf Course
As indicated by its name, this golf course spreads to the Atlantic shoreline. It has great natural beauty, with high category holes.
Royal Golf Course
This is one of the most prestigious golf courses in the country, well known for its hole 16, a demanding Par 3 over the sea cliff. It has an idyllic scenery, with a fabulous landscape over the ocean.
Ruínas do Castelo de Salir
At the time when the Christians were pressing to reconquer the land, this moorish monument was part of the province's rural defenses.
Casino de Vilamoura
The Vilamoura Casino is located in one of the major amusement centres in the Algarve. It has 350 slot machines, 20 gambling tables with baccarat, black jack and french and american roulettes. It also has a multipurpose room, the Royal …
Located in the "freguesias" (an administrative subdivision) of Querença and Tôr, the Classified Site of Fonte Benémola is an area of great beauty, where the stream of Menalva (with some natural springs) is the habitat of a flora made of …
Parque Ambiental de Vilamoura
The "Parque Ambiental de Vilamoura" occupies an area of 200 há, property of Vilamoura, and was created in ordeer to guarantee the preservation of ecosystems of great natural and landscape value. It congregates different areas with different kinds of habitats, …
Where to eat in Loulé
A restaurant with a rustic decoration and a selected atmosphere where regional and foreigns dishes …
The "Gusto by Heinz Beck" is the second restaurant overseen by chef with same name. Known as the ' …
Author, Contemporary, French, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
Restaurante "histórico" na Quinta do Lago, por te sido o primeiro espaço de restauração deste resor…
Espaço descontraído e moderno, onde os sabores típicos do Algarve se fundem com pratos exóticos, pr…
Com um cenário magnífico, as novas instalações, em madeira e bem enquadradas na paisagem, convidam …
Away from the beaches, but not deprived of sea, lies in a beautiful townhouse, with its exterior ad…
Uma das mais surpreendentes novidades da Quinta do Lago é este restaurante que, como o nome indica,…
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
A wodden house, located in the Quinta do Lago, just by the beach, open only at lunch. It offers a s…
One of the best fish restaurants in the Algarve. Jorge do Peixe offers a vast gastronomy of fresh f…
On the Garrão beach this space serves mainly fish dishes.
Where to sleep in Loulé
Luxury Hotel, situated in Vilamoura marina, which has a huge variety of indicated resources for leisure, sports and business. It offers very well-equipped room…
Luxury resort in a 150 ha propriety, with a breathtaking landscape and notable flora and fauna riches. It is composed of 5 stars Vila Sol Hotel, with 189 rooms…
Luxury resort with inspirations from all over the world, scents and green spaces. Hotel with 192 rooms, nine of which are suites, all with a balcony with a pan…
São Brás de Alportel
São Brás de Alportel is located in the Algarve side, between the barrocal and serra do Caldeirão, being the youngest municipality in the Algarve. The…
The municipality of Castro Marim is characterized by extensive mountains, where wild flowers abound, and the orchards and vegetable gardens on the ba…
The integration of Ria Formosa with the estuary of the river Gilão marks the landscape of Tavira. In addition to the Arabic influence recognized, its…
Monchique is the living example that the Algarve is much more than just sun and beach. Located inside Algarve, this municipality is situated in the m…