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Carvoeiro, Portugal With Kids

Carvoeiro is a little seaside town with a history of fishing. We had a wonderful family holiday here and as it’s only a short 2-hour flight from the UK, it’s very accessible and easy for families.

Carvoeiro has a beautiful golden sandy beach and is nestled in-between some caramel honeyed cliffs. We visited in July and the square was bustling but not overcrowded in the balmy evenings.  Live performances on the centre stage serenade you as eat or enjoy watching the sunset, and bouncy castles and balloon makers entertain the children.

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During the morning, little shops begin to open and one not to miss is the pottery shop, “A Draca Velba” lots of brightly coloured locally made pottery for you take home and enjoy. You will find beautiful pottery places all around Portugal, so do add it your list of things to do in the Algarve.

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We found a delightful breakfast place on Rua das Flores, called Earth, which is open every day except Tuesdays.

Breakfast is available all day but the menu is vast for lunch too. Their fresh juices are beautifully presented in jam jars and the locally made preserves taste delicious on the freshly baked bread.

You can also buy locally made soaps, pottery, and other bits and pieces.  They do provide high chairs but they have no baby changing facilities, but the bench in the loos does survice. A little gem of a place and a great view to boot.

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Around Carvoeiro are some other beautiful beaches and great restaurants, none more than a fifteen-minute drive away. Some absolute must-tries are Rei das Praias and Pescador.  

High chairs are usually available but as the restaurants are fairly small, only one or two are available, but the views and food make it worthwhile!

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There are plenty of mini markets available as well as some larger supermarkets in the area. You can easily pick up baby products as well as basic sundries (full cream milk is with the green top and semi-skimmed with the blue) and supplies if you are self-catering.

 If you are thinking of a villa holiday in Carvoeiro, there are plenty to choose from too.

We hired a car for our stay so we could easily visit the surrounding area. We used Hertz who fitted the car seats at the airport. They even have a dedicated car seat crew, so no fussing around in the heat with seats you are unfamiliar with!

We did spend a lot of our time at our hotel the Monte Santo Resort, which was perfect for families and even has a baby concierge! Do read the post for much more detail and a room tour of all the many child-friendly facilities.

We had a wonderful family holiday here and as it’s only a short 2-hour flight from the UK, it’s very accessible and easy for families.

Carvoeiro, Algarve and beyond

For a more detailed guide to the Algarve read this  and for tips on Lisbon visit here.

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Saturday 2nd of December 2017

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Thursday 10th of November 2016

Nearby Lisbon has some of the best custard tarts and coffee. Great article.

Joanne Addison

Saturday 5th of November 2016

What a beautiful place! We've not visited Portugal yet, but after seeing those beaches I think we need to go!! #mondayescapes

Sarah Chrsitie

Wednesday 2nd of November 2016

It looks beautiful, we haven't visited Portugal for years but I would love to re visit. The scenery is beautiful and I love exploring different restaurants. Thanks so much for linking up x

Coral- Way Too Much Luggage

Monday 31st of October 2016

We love the beach at Carvoeiro of an evening when there is music in the square. Great restaurants up on the hill too with a view -we loved Onze- great food.


Thursday 10th of November 2016

oh yes, I love the food!

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