Mini guide to Quarteira
Conveniently located to the east of Vilamoura, Quarteira has developed into one
of the Algarve's top resorts since the boom of the 1970s and 1980s. It boasts
safe bathing conditions and a long, sandy beach.
Along with the beach, Quarteira's principal attraction is its lengthy promenade,
bordered by rustling palms, bright flowering hibiscus and the white and pink
of oleanders. In the evening, this pleasant seaside walkway is filled with an
endless stream of families and couples in search of a feast and a slice of the
Quarteira's lovely beach runs virtually uninterrupted all the way to Faro and
is very popular with holidaymakers during the summer months, as well as with
golfers during the low season.
Many water sport activities are available to the more adventurous, including:
windsurfing, jet-skiing and parasailing. There are also many restaurants running
along the promenade which all feature freshly-caught fish bought directly from
the local market.
Quarteira is within easy reach of several championship golf courses, including
the Old Course at Vilamoura and the Royal Course at Vale do Lobo. Fifteen kilometres
inland lies Loulé, one of the most interesting places in the Algarve.
Besides its 13th century parish church, the town's weekly Gypsy Market on Saturday
is a major attraction for visitors who snap up lace tablecloths, shoes, pottery
and leather belts and bags.
The best way to reach Quarteira by road from Lisbon is via the modern N2 highway.
Three trains daily run from the Barreiro station south of Lisbon, taking about
five hours. Faro Airport is only 10kms to the east and is minutes away by taxi;
alternatively, take the train from Faro to Loulé station and a bus to
Selection of hotels in this region:
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