Carvoeiro was a traditional, small fishing village surviving on its tuna catches but has, not surprisingly, become an incredibly popular resort with visitors and has kept pace with development. It is very popular for family rental holidays as there is such a large choice of self-catering accommodation and it has all the things you are likely to want in quite a compact area around the town centre. A lot of the accommodation is in new residential areas on the outskirts as the developments have spread, but it is all in keeping - this isn't an area of high rise hotels and apartment blocks, villa rental properties are popular. Carvoeiro has 3 beaches The village beach, Centianes , and Praia do Paraiso. There is a lovely walk along the boardwalk with steps down to look at caves. The town beach, Praia do Carvoeiro is a safe, beautifully sheltered sandy bay and spreads out just in front of the square with cliffs protecting it on either side. There are bars and cafés ideally placed around the square to still enjoy the view when you leave the beach!
Jet-skis and snorkels are available at the beach for those who like water sports and there are a couple of diving schools based in Carvoeiro if you prefer to be under the water. The local fishermen also make use of their boats during the day to offer visitors the chance to take boat trips around the coastline and to see the caves.
There are lots of places to eat and drink! There is a huge selection of bars, restaurants and cafés all within easy walking distance of the centre and with a wide choice of food.
The cliff tops around Carvoeiro offer plenty of scope for walking and taking in some great views.
Carvoeiro is also ideally situated for family fun days out. There are two water parks within easy reach - the closest being Slide and Splash at Lagoa and Aqualand just slightly further away at Alcantarilha. If water parks aren't for you then there is Zoomarine Sealife park at Guia and Krazy World at Algoz to choose from.
For the shoppers the Algarve Shopping mall at Guia is only 15 minutes away and offers virtually all you will need. The shopping is particularly good for leather goods, clothes and perfumes. There are plenty of shops in the Carvoeiro town however for your everyday needs and because they are used to catering for British visitors you will be able to find most of your normal groceries.
Twice a week the tourist train that runs around Carvoeiro ventures a little further afield to Ferragudo which is just along the coast on the opposite bank of the Arade estuary to Portimão. It gives you a couple of hours to explore the town before bringing you back.
Of course, there is absolutely no need to leave Carvoeiro at all as there is plenty to do and to see right on the doorstep - it is a lovely spot and well deserves its reputation as a top Algarve holiday destination.