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Conveniently located to the east of Vilamoura, Quarteira has developed into one of the Algarve's top resorts since the boom of the 1970/1980s. With safe bathing conditions and a long, sandy beach running virtually uninterrupted all the way to Faro, it is mostly popular with holidaymakers during the summer months, as well as golfers during the low season.

Along with the beach, Quarteira's principle attraction is its lengthy promenade, bordered by rustling palms, bright flowering hibiscus and the white and pink of the oleander. In the evening, this pleasant seaside walkway is filled with an endless stream of families and couples inspecting the restaurant menus, 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. 15 km 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 for family and friends back home.

Despite a wealth of activities and attractions, the resort has little promenant style and consists mostly of high-rise blocks lining the promenade and an avenue running parallel behind. The area is also quite compact giving it a cramped feeling.

The accommodation in the area is mainly mid-range self-catering apartments with a variety of lower budget hotels. Visitors are mainly Economy-minded which is reflected in the mostly 2- and 3-star accommodation. The Buses are fairly frequent to all the major resorts in the Algarve. Taxis are available from main square near market or can be called from any reception, bar or restaurant. Car hire can be booked direct from almost every hotel receptions, bars and restaurants.


Quarteira is 15 miles West of Faro and its airport. The resort is situated between Vilamoura and Vale do Lobo and backed by hilly residential area.