Loulé

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.

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