Famous for its markets and annual carnival, the lovely cosmopolitan town of Loulé has a stunning collection of luxury villas and apartments to rent.
In the middle of the Algarve you will find Loulé, a historic market town with an inviting cosmopolitan feel. Steeped in history, Loulé has its own 13th century castle where you can take a tour of the walled old town. Traditional cobbled streets are lined with cafes, bars and restaurants whilst the charming shops are packed with handcrafted goods and pottery from the local area.
Famous for its gypsy market held every Saturday at the end of Rua ad Nossa Senhora da Piedade, Loulé also has a daily market in the Arabian style market hall on Praça da Republica – open every morning except Sunday.
A CARNIVAL ATMOSPHERE
For a flavour of traditional Portuguese culture look no further than the Brazilian style Loulé Carnival, perhaps the biggest highlight of the year. Famous across the Algarve, this colourful carnival takes place in February over three days, the third day being Shrove Tuesday. With costumes, music and dancing to rival Brazil’s Rio Carnival, it’s no wonder that people flock from all over the Algarve to watch the procession.
INLAND RURAL CHARM
This charming Portuguese town is situated inland, however if you’re looking for a day to relax, the golden, sandy beaches of Vilamoura and Quarteira are close by. While away the evenings in Loulé relaxing in one of the town’s many informal restaurants. Why not try the locals’ favourite monkfish or for a more rustic cuisine there’s wild boar and venison stew.
01.O Grego 02.Monte da Eira 03.Aquinta 04.Flor da Praca
A fantastic Greek restaurant, this eaterie epitomises the term ‘small is beautiful’. With a wonderful atmosphere and welcoming host, you will love your evening at O Grego.
Monte da Eira
Located in Clareanes, just over 4km from Loulé, Monte da Eira is a converted barn which offers all the classic flavours of authentic Portuguese cuisine. Stunning mountain views add to the experience, which even includes a traditional threshing floor (eira).
A modern and stylish eaterie, Aquinta is located just 2 km from Almancil town sand offers stunning sea views as well as a reputation as one of The Algarve’s best restaurants. Fish, meat and fine wines are top of the list here.
Flor da Praca
Portuguese originals like bacalau and dourada are the order of the day at this wonderfully authentic old charmer, located right next to the old market building. Sit back, order some well priced local wine and get people watching.