A guide to Quarteira, Algarve, Portugal

Quarteira, Algarve, Portugal

The promise of lazy days on sun-drenched beaches and endless opportunities for dining out and touring historic towns make the Algarve a popular choice for holidays all year round. The region’s temperate climate and family-friendly culture make it a favourite for couples and families, and with a choice of accommodation ranging from smart apartments to glamorous luxury villas, you could not find a home from home that is more out of this world.

Quarteira holidays
Like many holiday resorts on the Algarve, the town of Quarteira started out as a tranquil fishing village before the Cheap European holidays boom in the 1960s and 1970s transformed it into what it is today – a vibrant, cosmopolitan tourist centre with a wide appeal and a whole spectrum of attractions. Lying adjacent to the luxury resort of Vilamoura, with its harbour full of glamorous yachts, the popularity of the area has seen the two towns almost merge together against the backdrop of an enormous stretch of white sandy beach. Quarteira’s original old quarter is now largely overshadowed by the high rise hotels and apartments that provide accommodation for the thousands of sun seekers that descend on the resort from across Europe throughout the summer months. The good news is it’s easy to find cheap holidays in Quarteira with accommodation for all budgets in plentiful supply.

Quarteira holidays centre upon its magnificent beach which runs virtually uninterrupted all the way to Faro, with a series of breakwaters to calm the waves and keep the water at a balmy temperature. To the East the sands stretch all the way to the marshlands of the Rio Formosa Nature Reserve, a rare protected wetland of great ecological importance as a breeding area for seabirds. Quarteira’s attractive palm-fringed seafront is lined with bars, terraces and restaurants, and is a great place to take a leisurely stroll in the evening, when the local hostelries liven up and locals set up stalls selling tempting crafts and
souvenirs. Whether or not you decide to opt for a self-catering holiday in Quarteira, in the old quarter, the town’s fish and meat markets are the ideal opportunity to mingle with the locals and experience their own form of banter amongst the freshest of local fayre. Every Wednesday Quarteira is the venue for a large market with stalls specialising in popular souvenirs and local crafts including pottery, jewellery and leather goods.

Things to do in Quarteira
Whilst Quarteira holidays can be as relaxing or as active as you choose, the resort offers everything you could wish for in terms of watersports should you wish to try your hand at water-skiing and surfing, as well as dolphin spotting and deep sea fishing trips available from the nearby marina at Vilamoura. Even relaxing on the beach at Quarteira can become an active challenge. The Animation Programme in summer encourages sunbathers to participate in gentle exercises and yoga. Families taking advantage of cheap holidays in Quarteira will enjoy the Atlantic Water Park, just north of the resort, providing thrills and spills throughout the summer months. In keeping with the Algarve’s reputation, Quarteira is also in a central location for enjoying the many championship golf courses that provide such a relaxing way to mingle with like-minded golfers and enjoy the spectacular scenery. If you enjoy the colourful atmosphere of local festivals, June or July may be the ideal time to visit Quarteira and experience the Santos Populares town festival, with its programme of special events, parades in local costumes, dancing and the occasional surprise visit from well-known celebrities.

Beyond Quarteira
Given the central location the town enjoys on the Algarve, cheap holidays in Quarteira are an ideal opportunity for exploring both east and west and discovering everything this stretch of coastline has to offer. You will not have to travel far to reach fun-filled attractions such as Aquashow, with its huge water roller coaster, water slides and fun-packed wave pools, or go-karting, on offer at the nearby town of Almancil. The attractive town of Loule lies just 8 miles to the north of Quarteira and is famous for its medieval castle and its popular weekly market, where browsing for bargains amongst the craft items, local pottery and leather goods makes for an enjoyable Saturday morning before moving on to the gypsy market or the town’s chic boutiques. If you’re looking for a more tranquil day out, pay a visit to Fonte Santa between Quarteira and Almancil, a hot spring site which is believed to have curative powers. Another great thing about Quarteira is its proximity to the Spanish border, allowing you to nip across to the lovely border town of Ayamonte, or even venture further and explore the historic cities of Huelva and Seville.