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“Carvoeiro Portugal”
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scotland
1 review
1 helpful vote
“Carvoeiro Portugal”
Reviewed June 6, 2011

Myself and a friend went to Carvoeiro beginning of May, fantastic weather all week .From the airport we had organised resortahoppa to get to hotel, which was a really good service. We stayed at the Hotel Mirachoro (top of the hill), service was good, they were all happy and willing to help and answer any queries. Pool was good (although didnt try the indoor pool as weather was too nice!). We travelled to Albuferia by local bus,which proved very easy and I would recommend this rather than the tours! We did go on a organised bus tour by "Follow Me", good chance to see some history but unfortunately it was rather disappointing, with a over crowded bus and broken seats added to frustrations throughout and several people left tour early.
Best Resturant in town for local fish has to be "JOTAS" located at the bottom of the hill, close to beach, across from the smilers pub. Definitely a must!! For some home comfort food/music I would recommend Bradys Irish Bar and Harrys English Bar.

Overall Carvoerio has a lot to offer and can be enjoyed by all ages. Plenty to do in a week; numerous beaches, costal walks, resturants and pubs.

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1 Thank crystalScotland
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Liverpool
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
19 helpful votes
“Lovely place, clean tidy, quiet, relaxing.”
Reviewed April 18, 2011

We stayed for a week April 2011. Weather was just great wall to wall sunshine every day. It is hilly and many very steep so not suitable if you have a walking problem. If you hire a car no problem to get around. There are many car hire places in the Village if you have not booked before hand. Approx 40 min from the airport. Take home goodies is pottery, and lots and lost to choose from all very very beautiful things. So take a half empty case so you can fill it to take home. Bars to fit any tastes, and restaurant the same. Not for the teen week of dance and booze ! This is a quite, relaxing village, good for family, couples. Not the young single sleep in the day dance and drink at night.

There is a local food market, but very limited but is defiantly the cheapest place to get all your fruit and veg and fish. A few mini supermarkets, chemists. All you need to get your supplies from. The beach was clean and tidy, and they have a very good clean public shower toilet block next to the beach. You can even get changed in them with a separate changing room.

Taxi are plentiful day and night, no sun beds for hire on the main beach. Which is not big and I can imagine gets a bit full in the summer so this may be the reason for no bed hire. There are many other beaches you can walk to bigger and with facilities.

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3 Thank 50Patrik
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UK
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
90 helpful votes
“Heaven on Earth”
Reviewed December 20, 2010

This is such a great place to visit. Lovely fishing village with just enough tourist type attractions, e.g. bars and resturants. Very pretty and with the most friendly people. Great climate, some lovely Hotels but more popular are the superb villas to rent especially through Elite Villa Management - who are the best company ever to rent from, be it holiday or long term rent, they are helpful, professional, friendly and actually listern to what you need.
Carvoeiro has a host of places to eat so you will never run short of where to go. Beaches, well main beach in village is great but there are some real stunners close by. Carvoeiro always makes me smile, the place is clean, friendly and you would not worry about walking home of an evening, we have done this many times and felt safe. If I win the lottery I would move there tomorrow, I have lost count of the number of times I have visited this place. Do go and see what I mean. Heaven on Earth!

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surrey, uk
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
47 helpful votes
“6 th visit to Carvoeiro”
Reviewed October 7, 2010

I have been going to portugal for years since a child but out of all the resorts in the algarve I think Carvoeiro is the best!
It ticks all the boxes great for couples, familys and single travellers. It caters for tourists but hasent been spoilt, it still retains the portuguese charm and rustic buildings unlike some others resorts in the algarve that are fake!
It is hilly so not good for those with disability and the pavements are cobbled so bit tricky if you are unsteady on your feet.
The beach is small but we like to drive 10 mins to a selection of other lovely local beaches.
Excellent selection of restaurants and the food can be as cheap or as expensive as you wish but all a good standard.
We tend to go in sept and this is still a great time of year for hot weather although it does cool down in the evening at this time.
We always stay at the colina branca resort which is a selection of villas/town houses to rent with communal pool.
Great location as only 5 min walk to town and reasonablly priced.

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2 Thank northfieldSurrey_Uk
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London
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
“Not bad, not great!”
Reviewed September 5, 2010

I imagine the small town of Carvoeiro was once an absolutely delightful little seaside town. It has a gorgeous beach set between two cliffs, and gorgeous walks along the top of these cliffs which have fabulous views over the sea and along the Algarve coast.

However, Carvoeiro seems to have lost it's identity a little bit. The town is now a mish mash of bars, cafes/restaurants and shops. The problem with them being that none of them are of a particularly high standard. It can be very hard to distinguish between the different food outlets as to what they want to be. Sometimes you can walk into a little cafe thinking it'll be fairly cheap and it'll be around 35 euros for a main course.

Carvoeiro is trying to make itself like some of the bigger resorts in the Algarve and in doing so has lost it's natural appeal - that of a relaxing, quiet, seaside town. It is still quiet, and you can relax, but the fact that you are surrounded by sub standard shops, restaurants etc diminishes the value of it.

Furthermore it is a long way from anything else - the only nearby attraction being the Splash and Slide waterpark - which is fantastic and wellworth a visit - though I can imagine during the height of summer it gets very very busy! And it's still a ten minute taxi journey from the town - so not really walkable.

There is one hidden gem of Carvoeiro though. You will see plenty of signs for Algar Seco, which is a wonderful cliff and rock formation just a short walk from the town centre. The rocks on their own are fabulous, but the hidden gem is the little Cafe set among them. It's called the Boneca Bar. At first glance it looks a little dingy, but it's not. They have lovely music playing out, and the food is absolutely superb. The prices look a little scary at first, but please don't let that put you off. My menu recomendation - the bread and olives starter - so much more than bread and olives! And that was the only thing on the menu that was quite cheap. And it was prac tically a feast!

All in all Carvoeiro is not a bad place to stay, but if and when I go back to the Algarve, it will not be here!

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