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Moving To Portugal And Living In Carvoeiro

When it comes to moving to Portugal there are are a huge amount of different places you can choose to move to so to try and make your decision a little easier we have created specific destination and town guides with the first looking at Carvoeiro.

If you have ever wondered what local facilities there are available in the town that you are looking at or want to know how much it costs to buy a property in the area then use our informative and easy to use guide to help you answer all the questions you may have a bout a specific place.

Each week we will be bringing you details about a new destination so let us know where you would like to know more about and we will do our best to get all the information you need.


This quaint little fishing village has grown into a bustling resort in the summer months but has managed to retain its charm and a feel of the real Portugal thanks to the many local residents who live in and around the town.


Carvoeiro is in the central Algarve region and is located on the coast between Portimão and Armação de Pêra.  To get to Carvoeiro you need to first get to Lagoa which is easily accessible by both the EN125 and the A22 motorway.  When in Lagoa then follow the signs (to the right if travelling from the direction of Portimão and directing to the left if coming from Armação de Pêra) to Carvoeiro.  There is only one main way into Carvoeiro and this road takes you directly into the town centre.


Carvoeiro itself has a cove beach that is very popular with families thanks to there being no steps, you also don’t need a car to get to this one if you are staying in or living in the centre of the town.  This main beach has a lifeguard service, beach shop with ice creams, access to beach sports and it is from here that you catch the local boats for trips to the caves along the coast.

"carvoeiro smugglers beach"If you would rather explore a little further then there is Paraiso beach if you walk to the top of the cliff tops past the ice cream shop and then drop down the hundreds of steps to this tiny little cove.

Many local people favour Praia Centianes which can be found by travelling up the hill and past the Tivoli hotel and if you continue further you will find the beautiful smugglers cove of Carvalho which can only be accesses by climbing down some steps cut into the cliffs!

Further along the coast there is the award winning Marinha beach and then the next small town is Benagil which also has a beautiful beach, some great restaurants and some stunning countryside on the way.


Carvoeiro is known for the huge amount of great quality restaurants in the local area so this is a food lovers heaven!  There are a great variety of places to eat to suit every budget and taste including traditional Portuguese restaurants, fine dining restaurants and take aways.

"carvoeiro nightlife"In the summer Carvoeiro is buzzing with people but this is predominantly a family resort and many head to the famous Round up Saloon for a spot of Karaoke or to Mungo’s to listen to the latest chart hits.

There is a small nightclub on the beach that is open in the summer and the foam parties here are infamous but if you would rather something a little less wet then head to the square by the sea in the evening for live music and entertainment every night during the summer season.

In the winter many of the bars and restaurants are closed for part of the season but there is always somewhere open and Friday and Saturday nights remain popular with locals of all nationallities.


The town itself has a number of small boutiques and shops with some lovely jewellery and clothes shops.  There are also a couple of small supermarkets in the town (as well as other located in resorts on the outskirts) but the nearest large supermarket is Intermarche and this can be found on the road to Lagoa.

In Lagoa itself there is a Pingo Doce supermarket, a Netto and a Pão de Açucar which also has an electronics shop.


The size of Carvoeiro means that there are plenty of local amenities.  The town has a pre and primary school and a private creche it also has a doctors surgery and several private doctors to choose from, while if you have dental problems then there are several private dentists in the town.

There are branches of all the major Portuguese banks in Carvoeiro, a pharmacy, many hairdressers, beauticians and there is also a tourist information point in the centre of the town near to the beach for further information.


While property prices in other areas of Portugal may have fallen due to the financial climate the continued popularity of Carvoeiro has meant that properties remain high in price in general.

"carvoeiro property"Some villas and apartments can be bought more cheaply if the seller needs a quick sell but in general the prices in Carvoeiro continue to be high.

In general a two bedroom property will cost between €150,000 and €200,000 while villas start at around €300,000.  The only upside to these prices is that Carvoeiro is known for retaining the value of properties!

Properties with sea views are always more expensive as our properties located on prestigious or gated developments in the area.

There are a good selection of reputable estate agents located in Carvoeiro itself and it is worth dropping in and speaking to the agents about what you can get for your money in this area – there are always bargains to be had!


Carvoeiro tends to attract lots of golfers in the off season thanks to the close proximity of the Pestana Vale da Pinta and Gramacho courses and the nine hole course of Vale de Milho, anyone who enjoys golf will love having three courses on their doorstep!

The nearest city for Carvoeiro is Lagoa and it is here that you can do all paperwork as all the official offices are located here, only a five minute drive from the centre of Carvoeiro


Carvoeiro continues to be a place that attracts visitors back year after year and there is a real sense of community with people of all nationalities here.  This can be both the best bit and the worst of living in Carvoeiro, if you are not used to everyone knowing your business then this is not the place for you but if you love the sense of community and knowing everyone as you walk down the street then this is the place for you!

In the summer it can get very busy here and parking can become a problem but there is so much to do here in the summer that you usually don’t notice you have had to park half a mile away.