This city of the Algarve mainly lives from tourism and agriculture and also keeps, however, the tradition of craftsmanship. Here you will be able to find craftsmen working copper, wrought iron, pewter and brass and you can buy pieces of pottery and wicker furniture, among others. There is a large influx of tourists on Saturdays to visit the Mercado Semanal Cigano (Weekly Gypsy Market), located close to the Praça da República. Here you can buy everything from clothing and footwear to crafts. And never forget to haggle, a widely used practice, as if you were in Morocco. On an architectural level, it is worth to visit the Igreja de São Clemente, the Convento da Graça, the castle of Loulé and the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição. Visit the ruins of the castle of Salir and the Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila. The coast is Loulé's biggest attraction with its beautiful beaches, many of them with Blue Flag, and the famous Vilamoura Marina. The most famous tourist complex of this county is exactly that of Vilamoura, at Quarteira. This venture offers the best of the region: from the mild climate and natural beauty, to the golf courses and the good equipment and hoteliers. The typical gastronomy allows you to taste the famous galinha cerejada (typical chicken dish made with white wine and rice) and also the galo de cabidela (stew made with roosters' meat and blood), perna de carneiro no tacho (lamb leg braised in a typical clay recipient with potatoes), feijoada de javali (bean stew with boar meat) and, for dessert, the xerém (kind of corn porridge), cavacas (cupcake style pastry) and carrasquinhas (almond sweets). The biggest feast of the year is the famed Carnival of Loulé , which, during three days, takes place in the Avenida José de Costa Medal. The floats, the flamboyant costumes, the fireworks and the popular Batalha das Flores (Battle of the Flowers) attract 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 …
Tivoli Marina Vilamoura
Luxury Hotel, situated in Vilamoura marina, which has a huge variety of indicated resources for leisure, sports and business. It offers very well-equipped rooms 383, a Congress Center and direct access to a pleasant private beach. In the hotel gardens, featured, in addition to the magnificent swimming pools, to the Angsana SPA.
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 …
Away from the beaches, but not deprived of sea, lies in a beautiful townhouse, with its exterior adorned with Bougainvilleas, remembering the houses in Tuscany. The interior is inhabited by the excellence of the cuisine chef Henrique Brazilian Laws, ever since I came to Portugal quickly became acquainted with the products of the region, merged them with French techniques, and …
Pestana Vila Sol Vilamoura
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, including 49 suites, and Villa Sol Village, with very well equipped T2 and T3 apartments. The Vila Sol Beach Club, where there are permanent leisure activities, is only 15 minutes away.
Exquisite and very cosy space, where author's dishes are served, with influences from a variety of international cuisines, a lovely result. Its sophisticated ambience, in pastels and the half-light, invite you to a romantic candlelight dinner. Chef Willie Wurger is German, holder of the Michelin star since 2006.
The Lake Spa Resort
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 panoramic view to the marina, to the beach and a private lake. It has wide gardens, three outdoor swimming pools, one with sand at the bottom and another with warm water. Plain …
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.
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 room, that can be used as a conference room or as a restaurant. The Mira room, with a capacity for …
The "T-Clube" is one of the most "in" night spaces in the Algarve, where the Portuguse jet set go. Its famous "Champagne Party" commemorates the summer's arrival every year.
Praia do Garrão Poente - Duna
Located in the tourist complex Golden dunes, this beach has excellent conditions for the beach or for non-motorized water sports. The access is by a wooden boardwalk flanked by dunes. Next to the beach is the pond of Golden dunes …
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 …
Hotel Quinta do Lago
Located amidst a vast extension of pine trees and mountains, the Hotel Quinta do Lago is one of the best in the Algarve region. It has large sporting spaces and two luxury restaurants, one of which serves venezian specialties. The …
Crowne Plaza Vilamoura, Algarve Hotel & Spa
This is the first unit in Portugal this prestigious hotel chain. The hotel offers 327 rooms and a wide range of leisure facilities, bars and restaurants, a swimming pool discovery of thousand square meters. Building with excellent sea view and …
Igreja Matriz de São Clemente
A church with medieval foundations, built on the site of na ancient mosque. It is a monument of the second half of the 13th century, where one should notice the gothic ogival portico of the front, the belltower with baroque …
O restaurante Pequeno Mundo, em Almancil, é, assumidamente, um restaurante de cozinha francesa. Assumidamente, é um restaurante cheio de requinte, de cuidados na decoração, tornando o espaço num verdadeiro templo de boa cozinha, em ambiente intimista e, porque não, romântico. …
Praia da Marina de Vilamoura
One of the most attended beaches in the Algarve, in a place with many luxury hotels. It has a wide stretch of sand, calm waters and it is located by the marina with a complete nautical centre. In the vicinity, …
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, …
Praia da Quarteira
Big areal divided by Spurs, very crowded in the summer, especially for national tourists. The urban area is unorganized and little appealing presentation. The beach is divided into several concessions, divided by breakwaters. There are several restaurants along the marginal …
Praia da Falésia - Vilamoura
A very wide beach, popular among the tourists. There is a wide variety of water diversions, such as pedal boats, jet skis, bananas and windsurf, Ideal for those who enjoy some liveliness, namely at night, with a casino. There are …
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.
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 …
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 …
Igreja da Misericórdia de Loulé
Building of the 16th century, with a radiated manuelin portal. In front of the portico there is a crucifix of the same epoch with the images of Christ and of Our Lady. Ancient church of Nossa Senhora dos Pobres.
Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Conceição
A temple built in the second half of the 17th century, with a simple exterior but much riches in its interior. It has a valuable set of tiles showing scenes of the Virgin Mary's life and a beautiful golden sculptured
Gusto by Heinz Beck
The "Gusto by Heinz Beck" is the second restaurant overseen by chef with same name. Known as the ' Master of gastronomy ', Heinz Beck is responsible for the concept and the seasonal menu "Gusto by Heinz Beck" in which …
A nice restaurant with a rustic decoration, where well cooked regional dishes are served. Excellent wines.
Visita à cidade de Loulé
This nice Algarve town keeps its labirynth of small narrow streets, sided by white houses, with a special note to the towers of the old Castle. The vertical lines of the minaret that remains of of old mosque and the …
Monte da Eira
Rustic restaurant located in an old barn that, nowadays, it consists of three dining rooms, a bar and an outdoor terrace very cozy environment. The menu offers tantalizing regional base proposals. Fine wines.
A wodden house, located in the Quinta do Lago, just by the beach, open only at lunch. It offers a splendid view to the Ria Formosa, in a space with nice and effective service and a menu that highlights the …
Four Seasons Vilamoura
Luxury resort with wide, modern apartments. Several equpments and services are available, namely a bar near the swimming pool, restaurant, internet room, warm indoors swimming pool, cocktail bar and jacuzi.
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.
Zona Comercial da Marina de Vilamoura
An area with great movement on weekends and during the three summer months, where several bars and restaurants can be found, as well as shops and terraces. The esplanade is mainly pedestrian and crowded by tourists and it circles the …
Rocha da Pena
Between Benafim and Salir, right in the ravines of the Algarve, Rocha da Pena is a place with a bleak landscape in a large plateau, about 2 km wide and almost 500 metres high. Of speological interest due to th …
Igreja de São Lourenço de Almancil
A church with a baroque architectural composition, it has, in its interior, tiles of the 1700's by Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes. This set, which represents scenes of the patron saint's life, is one of the most important in the country
Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort
In Vilamoura, the Tivoli Victoria is distinguished by elegance and sophistication present even in the smallest details. The suites are conspicuous by the good taste and comfort of the rooms is completed with a list of services specially designed thinking …
Com um cenário magnífico, as novas instalações, em madeira e bem enquadradas na paisagem, convidam a um almoço prolongado com os olhos no mar (também serve ao jantar). A carta divide-se entre petiscos, entradas, peixe e mariscos, e especialidades da …
Praia da Quinta do Lago
This is probably the most "in" beach in the Algarve. Located by a luxury resort with the same name, ut has a wide stretch of sand, always clean, and fine quality water. It has all the necessary backup structures: parasol …
This space was born from the old house Paixanito, keeping the famous chef de cuisine and the extensive and delicious menu with more than forty snacks based on regional flavors with touches of modernity. Modern and minimalist decor of the …
Conrad Algarve is the first unit of the luxury Conrad Hotels Resorts & installed in Portugal, more precisely, at Quinta do Lago. The 154 rooms and suites that composes are luxurious and modern design. The luxurious resort also offers a …
Where to eat in Loulé
The "Gusto by Heinz Beck" is the second restaurant overseen by chef with same name. Known as the ' …
Exquisite and very cosy space, where author's dishes are served, with influences from a variety of …
Away from the beaches, but not deprived of sea, lies in a beautiful townhouse, with its exterior ad…
Com um cenário magnífico, as novas instalações, em madeira e bem enquadradas na paisagem, convidam …
The Emo restaurant is integrated in one of the most coy and luxurious hotels of Vilamoura, the Tivo…
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
A wodden house, located in the Quinta do Lago, just by the beach, open only at lunch. It offers a s…
Contemporary, Mediterranean, Portuguese
O restaurante Pequeno Mundo, em Almancil, é, assumidamente, um restaurante de cozinha francesa. Ass…
Contemporary, Mediterranean, Portuguese
This space was born from the old house Paixanito, keeping the famous chef de cuisine and the extens…
This restaurant appeals to romanticism, with a mixture of flavours in its dishes.
Rustic restaurant located in an old barn that, nowadays, it consists of three dining rooms, a bar a…
A nice restaurant with a rustic decoration, where well cooked regional dishes are served. Excellent…
Where to sleep in Loulé
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 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 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…