Popular seaside holiday location in central Algarve

Quarteira is a seaside town located in the Central Algarve. The town has over 20,000 inhabitants and belongs to the municipality of Loule.

For years, Portuguese families have chosen this city as their summer holiday destination, but with the growing popularity of the Algarve, the town has been welcoming more and more tourists each year.

One of Quarteira’s best features is its beautiful seafront, known as “Marginal”. This large promenade stretches for nearly 3 kilometres connecting the city with the neighbouring resort town of Vilamoura and its championship golf courses. The promenade is paved with typical Portuguese pavement and lined with a series of attractions, making it a pleasant place to walk during the day and at night.

These attractions include the local fish market, a landmark of this former fishing village where you can still find freshly-caught fish every morning, except on Sundays. Alongside the fish market, there is also a fruit market and a meat market where many locals buy their groceries.

Quarteira Beach looking east at the start of the promenade.Quarteira Beach looking east at the start of the promenade.

If you don’t feel like buying your own fish, there are several restaurants by the seafront that serve equally delicious fish and seafood dishes. Among the local specialities are the cataplana, a seafood rice stew and the grilled sardines.

During the summer, the beaches are the most frequented spots in Quarteira with its calm sea waters and golden sands. Praia de Quarteira is one of the many blue-flag beaches in the Algarve, thanks to its nearby facilities and the cleanliness of the beach itself. While easy access to shops and services might be good for some, others might prefer a more natural setting like the cliffs surrounding Praia do Forte Novo. For the kids, there is the Aquashow Park, one of the best water-themed parks in the Algarve, featuring swimming pools, a water roller coaster, slides and countless other attractions.

On Wednesdays, Quarteira hosts a gipsy market near the campsite of Fonte Santa, where you can buy anything from handicrafts to leather goods. The most popular events in Quarteira are the Book and Crafts Fair and the Seafood Festival. The Book and Crafts fair is held every August, occupying Quarteira’s promenade with numerous stalls selling books and local crafts to passersby. The Seafood Festival is an annual celebration that takes place on the closest weekend to May 31, which marks the fisherman’s day. During the festival, visitors can taste seafood dishes prepared by the local fishermen’s and enjoy live musical performances.

Explore this region by following our Loule 5 day tour. Also read about Loulé, Vilamoura, Almancil, Boliqueime, Alte and Salir.