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Quarteira

Quarteira, Portugal

Portugal's Algarve attracts visitors from all over the world, and it's not hard to see why. Its coastline boasts long, sandy stretches of luxurious resorts catering for beach lovers and sun seekers. There are also plenty of spots where the authentic fishing-village atmosphere still remains, creating quiet and quaint places to enjoy holidays to the Algarve.

To experience one of these more laidback coastal towns, treat yourself to a holiday in Quarteira. The laidback town of Quarteira has remained loyal to its traditional roots, with a fishing community that still thrives to this day.

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Quarteira Beach

Quarteira holidays offer a beautiful beach for enjoying sun-soaked days of relaxing to your heart's content. The golden sands run the length of the town, so you can access the beach from any part of the town via an attractive tree-lined promenade. The promenade also offers a good choice of restaurants and bars.

Give into the temptation of taking a dip in the sea between sessions of chilling out on your hired sun lounger. Also be sure to check out the fish and fruit market, as well as the numerous local shops. The beach is a particularly romantic spot come evening when you can enjoy a cocktail or two as you watch the sun setting over the sea.

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  • Roman Catholic
  • Euro
  • Portuguese
  • GMT - None

Plenty of Portuguese food

This fantastic town showcases its country's traditional food to a tee. You'll find it easy to sample the most popular and widely-eaten Portuguese dishes during your Quarteira holidays, giving you a perfect taste of the Algarve. As you'd expect, most of the town's restaurants are by the beach. This means you can enjoy a delicious meal while you take in the sea views.

Seafood restaurants are naturally the main focus here, with menus bursting with fresh produce. Try a family-run restaurant where you can dine on traditional Portuguese cuisine. Must-try dishes include percebes (gooseneck barnacles), cataplana seafood stew and clams cooked in garlic and olive oil. Be sure to have a locally produced tipple with your meal, too – there are many glorious Algarve wines to discover.

Barter at the market

Quarteira is well known across the Algarve and beyond for its lively fish and fruit market, and its as popular with locals as it is with tourists. Pick up fresh fish caught that morning by local fishermen or select from a wide range of fruit and vegetables. If you want to get the very best produce, you'll need to get to the market early in the morning, as the fish tends to sell out very quickly.

The weekly Wednesday market is a great place to barter for bargains on leather goods, bags, linen and clothes. Perfect for picking up your Quarteira souvenirs.

Day trip to Faro

Faro is the Algarve's ever-popular capital. Characterised by its stunning coastline, lush hills, and winding medieval streets, this city has plenty of beauty and culture to explore. Its numerous sandy beaches are a sun-worshipper's dream, too. A trip here during your holidays in Quarteira Portugal is simply a must, and the journey only takes around 30 minutes by car.

If history and culture are your thing, you'll love exploring the old town's sights. Its ancient city walls are a marvel in themselves. There are also many examples of 18th-century Portuguese and Moorish architecture along the winding, cobbled streets. Faro Cathedral dates back to the late 13th century and is well worth a visit for its Gothic tower and chapels. You can climb the bell tower for fantastic views over both the town and sea.

Nearest airport to Quarteira

Faro Airport – 14 miles

It takes 25 minutes to get from Faro Airport to Quarteira by car or taxi.

For a traditional coastal-town experience, plan your holidays to Quarteira Portugal. If you want all the sun, sand and sea of the Algarve without the bustle that often comes with big resorts, it's the perfect choice. Soak up an authentic fishing village atmosphere as you relax on an immaculate beach, tuck into traditional food and browse a characterful market. Quarteira is also very well-located for reaching other interesting places along the Algarve coast.