Loulé Market – Visit the traditional market to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of local Portuguese culture. The market is open every day except Sunday and offers a variety of fresh produce, meats, and crafts.
Loulé Castle – The castle dates back to the 13th century and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Walk along the ramparts and explore the castle’s interior, including the ancient cistern and archaeological museum.
Ria Formosa Natural Park – Just a short drive from Loulé, the park is a protected wetland area with diverse flora and fauna. Take a boat tour to see the wildlife, or hike along the trails to explore the different ecosystems.
Praia da Falésia – One of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve, the Falésia beach stretches for miles and is surrounded by stunning cliffs. The beach has lifeguards on duty, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby.
Cerro da Vila – This ancient Roman villa is located just outside Loulé and is one of the most important archaeological sites in the region. The site includes a bathhouse, temple, and other structures, and there is a small museum on-site.
São Lourenço Church – This 18th-century church is known for its intricate blue and white tilework, which depicts scenes from the life of Saint Lawrence. The church is open to visitors and offers guided tours.
Vilamoura Marina – Located just a short drive from Loulé, the Vilamoura Marina is one of the largest in Portugal. Stroll along the promenade and admire the luxury yachts, or stop in at one of the many restaurants or shops.
Quinta do Lago – This upscale resort area is home to some of the most exclusive golf courses in Portugal, as well as high-end restaurants and shops. Enjoy a round of golf, go horseback riding, or simply relax on the beach.
Alte – This picturesque village is known for its white-washed houses and cobblestone streets. Visit the local crafts market, hike along the river, or sample the local cuisine at one of the traditional restaurants.
Loulé Carnival – If you’re visiting in February, don’t miss the Loulé Carnival, one of the biggest and most colorful in Portugal. Join the parade, dance to the music, and enjoy the festive atmosphere.