Hotels in Quarteira
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Quarteira 451 m from city centre
This hotel lies at the tourist centre of Quareira just 3 minutes from the nearest beach. Shops,...
Quarteira 1.2 km from city centre
Situated approximately 350m from the magnificent Marina Beach, and 400m from the centre of Vilamoura where it can be enjoyed...
Quarteira 446 m from city centre
Location: in the centre of Quarteira, 100 m. from the beach. Close to all kinds of services, such as supermarkets, cafes,...
Quarteira 598 m from city centre
This hotel is situated in the tourist centre of Quarteira just a few minutes away from the beach and the centre. A commercial...
Pinhal Do Sol
Quarteira 2.9 km from city centre
Situated in the middle of the Algarve in the country side, between Vale do Lobo and Vilamoura.3 kms to city centre. 10 kms...
Torres Mira Praia By Garvetur
Quarteira 412 m from city centre
Situado en Quarteira, el Torres Mira Praia by Garvetur está a menos de 200 m de la playa y de la costa del Atlántico
Apartamentos Paula Bela By Garvetur
Quarteira 420 m from city centre
Situados en Quarteira, los Apartamentos Paula Bela se hallan a escasos 200 metros de la playa y la costa atlántica
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The small town of Quarteira is on the Algarve coast in Portugal in the municipality of Loulé. It Is centre of the Algarve, 22 kms west of Faro, the region’s capital and main airport, and 22 kms east of Albufeira, the region’s major resort town.
Beginning life as a fishing town with roots back to Roman times, Quarteira was one of the first towns to be developed as a tourist resort. It has a population of around 22,000 which greatly increases during the summer months with many visitors returning year after year.
There’s plenty of fun an entertainment to be had with the main attractions being the seafront and golf, with championship level courses in easy reach.
Quarteira offers plenty of welcoming accommodation from budget-friendly hotels to swanky apartments in tower blocks.
Neighbourhoods of Quarteira
The main areas of Quarteira of interest to visitors are:
- Old Town: Although now surrounded by tower blocks of apartments and hotels, the Old Town retains its antique feel with cobbled, winding lanes and whitewashed houses. Quaint informal bars and restaurants are found here.
- The Promenade: Called the Avenida Infante Sagres but known informally as the “Marginal”, the tree-lined prom is the hub of activity in the town. It’s the ideal place for a stroll before lunch or dinner in one of the many bars and restaurants. If keeping fit on holiday is important to you, there are fitness stations dotted along the prom.
- The Beaches: The town beach, Praia de Quarteira, is 2 kms of golden sand that earns Blue Flag status every year. There are plenty of facilities for the whole family to enjoy a day in the sun. For a slightly quieter option and a beach with a better view (i.e. minus the high rises), head along to Praia do Forte Novo.
- The Market: Quarteira’s Mercado is indoors in two traditional white buildings decorated with mosaic tiles at the northern end of the promenade. One building is for fish, the other for produce.
- Vilamoura: A stroll away from Quarteira is the smart resort of Vilamoura. Wandering around the swanky marina with its posh yachts surrounded by high-class boutiques, bars, and restaurants is a pleasant way to spend a few hours away from the beach.
What to see and do in Quarteira
The beach is the focus of fun and entertainment and there’s plenty of opportunity for water sports. Paddle boarding is particularly popular. Other things to do include the Gypsy Market held every Wednesday and for the whole family, there’s all the fun of the Aquashow Water Park. For those who crave a bit of culture and heritage, there are the Cerro da Vila Roman ruins near Vilamoura and several architecturally interesting churches in the town. The town of Loulé is a 15 minute drive away and has a Moorish castle with museum built in the 8th century.
What to eat in Quarteira
Like the most of Portugal, cod is the staple food in Quarteira. The traditional way to eat it is baked and served with potatoes and cabbage. Other popular fish dishes are cataplanas, which are grilled sardines, and caldeirada, a fish stew. The traditional dessert, again, much as the same as everywhere in Portugal is pastel de nata, an egg custard pastry tart.
Typical events and festivals in Quarteira
The main event in Quarteira is the Marchas dos Santos Populares. Held every June, it’s a celebration of the popular saints Anthony, John, and Peter. Parades of colourful costumes, music, and entertainment fill the streets.
How to move around in Quarteira
There’s a bus terminal in Quarteira but there are only two routes, one to Loulé and the other runs between Albufeira and Faro, passing through Quarteira. There are taxis and rental cars are plentiful.
The climate in Quarteira
Quarteira has warm, bright springs, long hot summers, and pleasant autumns. Essentially it’s beach weather from May until the end of September. Winters are mild but the weather is unpredictable.