The Carvoeiro boardwalk, Algarve – a guide

Having spent five wonderful years in Carvoeiro, I can vouch for the enchanting experience offered by the Carvoeiro boardwalk. This wooden pathway along the limestone cliffs provides awe-inspiring views of the Algarve coast.

Venture along the boardwalk to explore the dramatic cliffs, which descend 20 meters to the sea, and discover must-see attractions like Algar Seco and Carvoeiro Beach.

Discovering Activities at the Boardwalk

Embark on the obvious choice – take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk and revel in the captivating scenery.

Carvoeiro boardwalk
Carvoeiro boardwalk

Make sure to visit Algar Seco, a gem among the cliffs. Having explored numerous cliffs in the Algarve, I can attest that Algar Seco stands out for its beauty and accessibility. Despite its relatively small size, spend at least an hour capturing the picturesque views and don’t miss the famous A Boneca Cave.

For those seeking a longer adventure, two hiking trails commence about 1 km from the boardwalk. The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail, a renowned 6-kilometer route along the coast, starts or ends at Praia do Vale de Centianes. Alternatively, the Trail of the Headlands, a coastal walk of equal length, begins at Praia do Paraiso, offering an opportunity to connect both routes for a 15-kilometer trail along the stunning coastline from Marinha Beach to Praia do Molhe in Ferragudo.

Carvoeiro hiking trails
Carvoeiro hiking trails

Indulge in a boat tour to Benagil Cave, with departures from Carvoeiro Beach, providing a captivating journey to this renowned natural wonder.

Relax on the sandy expanse of Carvoeiro Beach, a mere 600 meters from the boardwalk, surrounded by imposing limestone cliffs. During the summer, take advantage of the available beach chairs and umbrellas for a perfect day by the sea.

Experience the magic of a sundown drink at A Boneca bar, situated in Algar Seco next to the captivating A Boneca Cave. Open from Mon to Sat, 12 pm to 10 pm, the bar offers a unique setting nestled between rocks and caverns. Reservations may be necessary, especially for prime sunset spots.

Carvoeiro Beach
Carvoeiro Beach

For bird enthusiasts, the boardwalk provides an excellent opportunity for birdwatching, with some species nesting on the cliff edges. The Carvoeiro boardwalk spans a delightful 600 meters along the cliffs, allowing for a round trip of 1.2 kilometers.

Understanding the Carvoeiro Boardwalk

The Carvoeiro boardwalk, nestled in the charming beach town of Carvoeiro in southern Algarve, Portugal, is a picturesque wooden pathway along the cliffs. Offering stunning views of the rugged coast, limestone cliffs, and the expansive sea, this accessible boardwalk provides a safe and easy way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area.

 Carvoeiro Boardwalk Algar Seco
Carvoeiro Boardwalk Algar Seco

With wheelchair and stroller accessibility, the wide boardwalk features resting spots with benches for visitors to pause and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. If you’re seeking more boardwalk experiences in the Algarve, I recommend exploring the captivating boardwalks at Ponta da Piedade and Alvor.

Navigating Parking near the Boardwalk

There are parking facilities at both ends of the boardwalk – at the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Encarnação and at Algar Seco. Since the parking lots aren’t very large, arriving early, especially in summer, is advisable to secure a spot. Keep in mind that the Algar Seco parking area might have limited space due to motorhomes occupying significant portions.

Start and End Points of the Boardwalk

The Carvoeiro boardwalk begins at the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Encarnação and concludes at Algar Seco. You can traverse it in either direction, starting or finishing at the fort. Families with children will appreciate the nearby playground with swings, a slide, and a fantastic view in front of the fort.

Exciting Tours and Activities

Explore numerous captivating tours and activities originating from Carvoeiro and other towns in the Algarve. Here are a few enticing options:

Optimal Times to Visit

For a delightful experience, visit the Carvoeiro boardwalk in the early morning during summer, preferably before 9 am to avoid the peak tourist hours. Even in July and August, arriving early allows for a serene stroll and the chance to witness a stunning sunrise. Alternatively, evenings offer fantastic light and colors, but be prepared for more tourists during the summer months. During the off-season, any sunny and calm day is ideal for a visit, with the caveat that A Boneca bar is closed in winter, typically reopening in mid-April.

  • Embark on a Boat Trip to Benagil Caves and Praia da Marinha from Carvoeiro
  • Try Paddle-Boarding with Carvoeiro: Benagil Caves Paddle-Boarding Tour
  • Enjoy Carvoeiro Beach with Carvoeiro: Carvalho Beach SUP Rental
  • Combine a Boat Tour with Coastal Walk from Lagos: Benagil Cave Boat Tour and Algarseco Coastal Walk
  • Experience a Scenic Cruise to the Benagil and Carvoeiro Caves from Lagos

Exploring the Carvoeiro Boardwalk Map

Finding Accommodation near the Boardwalk

  • For Budget Options: Consider O Quintal Guesthouse or Vale d’El Rei Hotel & Villas.
  • Moderate Budget: Explore Carvoeiro Hotel, Vila Horizonte, or Colina da Lapa & Villas.
  • Luxury Stays: Indulge in Vale d’Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa or Villa Welwitshia.

Navigating to the Carvoeiro Boardwalk

Discover the convenient circular bus route, Rota das Falesias (Cliffs Route), linking Portimão, Carvoeiro, and Marinha Beach. This hop-on-hop-off service operates daily, every hour from 9 am to 6 pm. Opt for a 24-hour ticket at 15 Euros or a 48-hour ticket at 20 Euros, available for purchase on the bus. Key stops include Portimão, Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, Benagil Beach and Cave, and Marinha Beach. For more details on the route, refer to the link provided.

If you’re residing in Lagos, your journey involves reaching Portimão first and then heading to Carvoeiro.

Driving proves to be the most straightforward way to reach the Carvoeiro boardwalk. Particularly if you plan to explore various attractions across the Algarve region, I highly recommend renting a car. While public buses are available between towns, you might encounter the need to switch buses or resort to a taxi or Uber at times.

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