Loule Holiday Guide

Charming and historic Loulé is an active market town and an attractive destination from which to explore the golden beaches and inland villages on this stretch of the Algarve. It's one of the oldest towns in the region, located at the foothills of the Algarve mountains.

Loulé is perhaps best known for its Saturday fair that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the region to buy local crafts and souvenirs made from copper, leather, cane and wood. 

As the centre of the Algarve's crafts industry, Loulé's maze of narrow, white streets are home to many craftsmen carrying on fascinating, age-old traditions. There's plenty of history to explore in the town with an imposing Moorish castle, churches and monasteries all offering sites of interest.

As a district town Loulé has all facilities holidaymakers could need close at hand.

The town has many easily accessible blue flag beaches in the surrounding areas, some with protected sand dune reserves, others backed by stunning orange cliffs. Keen golfers will not be disappointed either as there are many top-quality courses nearby.

If you're visiting outside the summer season, try to time your visit with the spectacular annual 5-day carnival in February - considered to be one of the most colourful and flamboyant in Portugal - or the almond blossom celebrations also in early spring.

Inland villages easily accessible from Loulé include Alte with its traditional whitewashed houses, rural architecture and folk music, Paderne with its hilltop castle ruins, and the stalactite caves at Querenca. The small village of Benafim is also within easy reach of Loulé, reflecting a traditional way of life from Arab times.

Loulé is just 18km from Faro.

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