Beaches in CarvoeiroYour guide to the best beaches along the coast of Carvoeiro. Our Top beaches within the resort, Blue Flag, accessibility, LGBT & nudist friendly. Uncover beaches in Carvoeiro with AlgarveUncovered.com
There are many lovely beaches in Carvoeiro, so the choice is yours as to where to spend your lazy days in the Algarve sunshine! Will it be Praia do Carvoeiro or Carvoeiro ‘town beach’ as it also known, Praia do Paraíso which is just the next beach along, the lovely curved sheltered bay of Praia do Carvalho, Praia da Marinha with a choice of several little bays at low tide or maybe Vale de Centeanes with its spectacular cliffs?
Read on for all you need to know about Carvoeiro beaches! Including which Carvoeiro beaches have lifeguards during the season (normally April to the end of September) and what facilities, car parking and water sports are available at each beach!
Praia do Carvoeiro
Praia do Carvoeiro is also known as the ‘town beach’ and it is a small sweep of sand sheltered by cliffs on either side. There are shower and toilet facilities and it is well served by bars and restaurants on the paved area just behind the entrance. Access is easy and level with the paving although there is only a short boarded walkway. There is car parking just behind the beach, but spaces are limited and it can get quite busy in summer, so you may need to park a little further away and walk down.
Praia do Carvoeiro has supervision during the ‘beach season’ but is not classed as an ‘Accessible Beach’
Praia da Marinha
Praia da Marinha has a big car park at the top with a picnic area, which overlooks the sea offering spectacular views of the coastline. (It is also on a bus route.) To get to the beach you follow the attractive tree-lined path, which winds its way to the top of the steps. It is quite a steep access down the steps but there is a handrail all the way down for support, but it is not suitable for wheelchair access. At the bottom is a restaurant at the entrance to the beach and there are toilet and wash facilities.
Praia da Marinha is a good-sized beach and at low tide you have the choice of several little bays. However when the tide is high, access to these may be limited. There is scuba diving and boat trips available if you don’t just want to sit on the beach.
Praia da Marinha is supervised during the ‘beach season’
Praia do Carvalho
Praia do Carvalho is a rather small, yet lovely, curved bay, sheltered all around by rocks. You can access the beach from both sides; from one side, entrance is down some steep steps cut into the cliff face. On the other side, you can walk down from the car park and go down some steps cut into a tunnel in the rock. This obviously makes it unsuitable for disabled access.
Unfortunately there are no toilet or wash facilities on Praia do Carvalho and you will need to take food and drinks with you.
Praia do Carvalho is not a supervised beach.
Praia do Paraíso
Praia do Paraíso is the next beach along from Praia do Carvoeiro, accessed by driving up the hill on the western side of Praia do Carvoeiro, following the road round to the right, and then there is a car park on the left hand side, where the restaurant (“Restaurante O Boteco”) is. The small, sheltered bay of Praia do Paraíso is reached down a long, winding flight of steps built into the cliffs. There are no amenities on the beach, but Restaurante O Boteco, above, is open all year and has a lovely outside terrace to enjoy a meal while looking out over the cliffs.
Praia do Paraiso is not supervised and has no support facilities.
Vale de Centeanes
Vale de Centeanes is a lovely sheltered, sandy bay with some rocks at the eastern end and is a couple of kilometres to the east of Carvoeiro town. There is a restaurant at the entrance to the beach with toilet facilities and in summertime there is also a hut selling cold drinks and ice-creams.
The road down to the beach has recently been done up with parking areas and a turning area at the bottom. The cliff faces, especially beside the restaurant are showing the effects of the waves constantly rolling in and eroding them, but they look quite spectacular.
The access to the beach from the car park would be suitable for wheelchair users as it is a gentle slope down and the walkway runs across the back of the beach. It isn’t classed as an ‘Accessible Beach’ but is supervised during the ‘beach season’.
Carvoeiro Beach Flag Safety
To stay safe on Algarve beaches, always pay attention to the beach flags so see whether or not it is safe to swim or if the beach is being attended by a lifeguard.
Swimming & entering the water forbidden
Beach temporarily unattended
Algarve Blue Flag beaches
The Algarve boasts some of the best beaches in the world, and many have been given the official Blue Flag stamp of approval from the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) organisation. Blue Flag works towards sustainable development at beaches and marinas through publicly awarding beaches and marinas with their exclusive eco-label if they meet strict criteria regarding water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and other services. Blue Flag also accredit beaches and marinas that are suitable for wheelchair access.
To find out if Vilamoura Beach and other nearby beaches in the “Loulé” municipality have got the award this year, see Blue Flag – Algarve Beaches & Marinas!
Nearby Blue Flag beaches
- Albufeira: Arrifes, Aveiros, Belharucas, Castelo, Coelha, Evaristo, Falésia Acoteias, Falésia Alfamar, Galé-Leste, Galé-Oeste, Manuel Lourenço, Maria Luísa, Olhos d’Água, Oura, Oura-Leste, Rocha Baixinha-Nascente, Rocha Baixinha-Poente, S. Rafael, Salgados, Santa Eulália.
- Aljezur: Arrifana, Monte Clérigo, Odeceixe-Mar
- Faro: Barreta, Culatra-Mar, Faro-Mar, Ilha do Farol-Mar
- Lagoa: Caneiros, Carvoerio, Ferragudo (Praia Grande), Senhora da Rocha, Vale Centeanes, Vale do Olivial.
- Lagos: Batata, Camilo, Dona Ana, Luz, Meia Praia, Porto de Mós.
- Loule: Ancão, Garrão Nascente, Garrão Poente, Loulé Velho, Quarteira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo, Vilamoura.
- Olhao: Armona-Mar, Fuseta-Ria.
- Portimao: Alvor Nascente – Três Irmãos, Alvor Poente, Rocha, Três Castelos, Vau.
- Silves: Armação de Pêra, Praia Grande Poente.
- Tavira: Barril, Cabanas-Mar, Ilha de Tavira-Mar, Terra Estreita.
- Vila do Bispo: Almádena-Cabanas Velhas, Burgau, Castelejo, Cordoama, Ingrina, Mareta, Martinhal, Salema, Zavial.
- Vila Real de Santo António:Lota, Manta Rota, Monte Gordo, Santo António.
“Accessible Beaches” in the Algarve
What do we mean when we talk about the Carvoeiro beaches being classed as an “Accessible Beach”? Well, along with many other Algarve beaches, this means that not only do they provide ramps, footpaths and walkways directly to the sand but facilities also meet certain other criteria for disable people, for example, for restaurant tables, bar and counter heights. They also have first aid posts and disabled toilets and should be equipped with wheelchairs, walking aids and other equipment capable of being used in the sea as well as on the beach. So if you see the “Accessible Beach” flag flying above Algarve beaches, you know that they have all the facilities to ensure a great day at the beach!