Welcome to Loulé
One of the Algarve’s largest inland towns, and only 16km northwest of Faro, Loulé (lo-lay) is a reasonable base from which to explore the inland Algarve. A busy commercial centre, it's a fast-growing place in which service employees live while working (or seeking work) in the Algarve. Loulé has an attractive old quarter and Moorish castle ruins, and its history goes back to the Romans. A few of Loulé’s artisan traditions still survive; crafty folk toil away making wicker baskets, copperworks and embroidery in hole-in-the-wall workshops about town. Loulé’s small university lends it some verve, as does its wild Carnaval and FestivalMed, an annual music festival.