Top things to do in Loulé

Top Choice Church in Loulé

Igreja de São Lourenço de Matos

This baroque masterpiece was built on the site of a ruined chapel after locals, while digging a well, implored Saint Lawrence for help and then struck water. Constructed by brothers Antão and Manuel Borges, it's smo…
Tapas in Loulé

Colheita Fresca

Produce from Loulé's magnificent Mercado Municipal is utilised in petiscos (tapas-style sharing dishes) such as ostras (oysters) served with a squeeze of grapefruit, chouriço assado (flambéed chorizo) and moelas est…
Market in Loulé

Mercado Municipal

Loulé's most impressive piece of architectural heritage is its art-nouveau market, a 1908 revivalist neo-Arab confection with four cupolas at the four corners and Moorish features picked out in raspberry-red against…
Cafe in Loulé

Café Calcinha

Loulé’s oldest cafe is a replica of an old Brazilian coffee shop, opened in 1927 and virtually unchanged since, with a gorgeous art deco interior and marble-topped tables. Live fado occasionally takes place. The sta…
Museum in Loulé

Museu Municipal

Loulé's restored castle is the setting for its municipal museum. The archaeology section's homo erectus kicks things off, and via dusty collections of pottery and bone you'll arrive at the Roman and Islamic periods.…
Chapel in Loulé

Nossa Senhora da Conceição

Situated opposite Loulé's castle, the mid-17th century chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição possesses three impressive elements: a heavily gilded baroque altar, floor-to-ceiling azulejos (hand-painted tiles) and a w…
Wine Bar in Loulé

Taberna dos Frades

Decorated in rustic style, with wine barrels on the pavement out front and striking cross-vaulted ceilings, this taberna serves Portuguese wines by the glass, a wide range of gins and local cheeses and charcuterie. …
Bar in Loulé

Bar Marroquia

Arabic-themed Bar Marroquia has an inviting interior with a fireplace and pool table with a red baize. Seasonal fruit mojitos, caipirinhas and punches served in giant glass bowls are specialities. Occasional live mu…
Portuguese in Loulé


On the corner of a quiet lane just off the main drag, this traditional, family-run restaurant serves solid plates of market-sourced grilled fish and meat in a cosy, wood-lined dining room. Get here early at lunchtim…
Carnival in Loulé

Carnaval de Loulé

Just before Lent, Loulé celebrates Carnaval over three days. Exuberant festivities include parades with tractor-drawn floats, live music and a grand ball. Friday is the children’s parade and Sunday's the big one.