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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Resort
“The beach of Benegil is small but there are boats always departing to go see Benegil and other nearby caves. Many restaurants are available along this area, allowing for a very enjoyable morning or afternoon outing.”
  • 43 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Beach
“Once elected The best beach of Europe. Great for snorkel and stand up paddle.”
  • 54 locals recommend
  • 5 Experiences
Neighbourhood
“This wonder of nature is one of the best things to see in the Algarve. The beach is most famous for its sensational cave called "Algar de Benagil". This cave has a round hole in the ceiling that frames the beautiful blue sky inside. In low tide there is a beach inside. You can go there swimming or by kayak.”
  • 36 locals recommend
  • 6 Experiences
Natural Feature
“A truly spectacular small cove beach in Lagoa. Unforgettable coastal walks that go on forever. Marvelous rock formation with crystal clear water. The sand is warm and soft during the summer months. The earlier you can come to the beach the better. To reach the caves boat, kayak, or paddle board is required. Swimming to the cave is not safe.”
  • 16 locals recommend
  • 5 Experiences
Beach
“very beautiful views in a long wooden boardwalk, very calm and relaxing at sunset.”
  • 12 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Beach
“There is a reason why Marinha Beach has been awarded with a Golden Flag and classified as one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, nature has left its beautiful traces in these cliffs and awarded this beach an amazing greenish-blue sea. But don’t think this beach only has colourful and shaped cliffs to offer. The sound of the birds searching for fish will take you to the underwater realm. You only need a diving mask and some fins to get into the wonders this beach has to offer you. This patrimony, which belongs to Lagoa, but mostly to the world, has had the attention of some entities, like the University of the Algarve or the CCR Algarve, as well as its own Municipality, to set underwater trails that lead you to an adventure full of emotions. You can also go to the big algar, where the information board will explain you how these caves are formed in lime coastal areas.”
  • 10 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences
Arts & Crafts Store
“Porches pottery is simply beautiful. Live handicraft. Bacchus Bar and Restaurant.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 3
“Carvoeiro has a sheltered sandy beach and cafes, bars and restaurants galore. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Beach
“For me one of the most beautiful beaches in Algarve, the entrance to get this beach is by a hole in rocks, you can swim, snorkerl, and climb in left side 15min walking you can find the most famous cave in Algarve, Benagil”
  • 7 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Seafood Restaurant
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“We adore this small restaurant in Benagil. Food is stunning and respects Algarvian traditions such as the carob tart (Tarte de Alfarroba) and the fresh seafood cataplanas. To die for! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“A true ex-libris of Lagoa, Algar Seco is a natural amphitheatre stage of an almost wild scenery and one of the most pleasant of all the coast of Algarve. The sea erosion shapes the lime stones into graceful shapes. If you walk down the steps, you can enjoy of close some of the caves and sea corners that nature has created. The rocks form “porches”, real windows to the sea, like A Boneca (The Doll) , where you can feel the gentle sea breeze. It is a recommended place not only for the photography lovers but for everybody that visits Carvoeiro. The wooden path with almost 570 m length and resting areas leads to the Forte e Capela de N. Sra. da Encarnação (Fortress and Chapel of Our Lady of the Incarnation). If you haven’t walked it, we invite you to do so. And while you are there contemplate the native species of plants and other vagaries that mother nature has to reveal.”
  • 5 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Restaurant
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“Expensive but in an extraordinary setting. Lovely spot to have a drink after taking a look at the Boneca Cave or after a walk on the boardwalk along the cliffs. Stunning views. (Algar Seco, Carvoeiro)”
  • 9 locals recommend
Tour Provider
“Discover fantastic sea caves and natural beaches in an amazing boat trip. You can also take the boat at Senhora da Rocha beach nearby with Captain Paulo Jorge Boat Trips.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Beach
“Wide variety of choice of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, ice cream shop, licours and tobacco shops, newspapers, concerts at the main square of the beach during the month of August.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“a suprise for your mouth prices a bit higher but quality reservation required from June till October”
  • 6 locals recommend
Locality
“Carvoeiro is a picturesque and traditional Portuguese resort town, which is situated along a stunning coastline of golden beaches and dramatic natural scenery.”
  • 42 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences