Carvoeiro

This busy resort town has gone to great lengths to boost tourism but still maintains some of its fishing-village charm. An abundance of good-quality restaurants and pretty cliff-top lodgings attracts droves of tourists (parking, as a result, is a problem—particularly in summer, when vehicles are banned from the heart of the village). Location is another of Carvoeiro’s assets as it makes a good base for accessing both the east and west coasts. Small beaches lie at the foot of steep, rocky cliffs, and waves have sculpted the distinctive yellow rock into intricate archways and stacks encrusted with fossilized shells.

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