Top things to do in Loulé

Cafe in Loulé

Café Calcinha

Loulé’s oldest cafe is a replica of an old Brazilian coffee shop, opened in 1928 and virtually unchanged since. Closed at the time of research, this important piece of the town's heritage is certain to reopen soon, …
Chapel in Loulé

Nossa Senhora da Conceição

Situated opposite Loulé's castle, and dating from the mid-17th century, the small chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição possesses three impressive elements: a heavily gilded baroque altar, floor-to-ceiling azulejos (…
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 oriental-looking cupolas at the four corners and Moorish features picked out in rasp…
Portuguese in Loulé

O Beco

There's no gourmet nonsense at this Portuguese eatery, with its platters of filling meat and fish, and its striking interior of whitewashed walls, dark-timber ceiling and tiny, neatly laid tables. Hearty soup, grill…
Portuguese in Loulé


On a quiet corner of a sedate lane just off the main drag, this likeable family-run traditional restaurant serves up solid plates of fish and meat in a wood-rich dining room. All food is freshly cooked; get here ear…
Bar in Loulé

Taberna dos Frades

Decorated in comfortably rustic style, this is a rather wonderful place serving good wine by the glass, decent mixed drinks and a range of tapas. It regularly hosts live-music nights, and the atmosphere is nearly al…
Carnaval in Loulé

Carnaval de Loulé

Just before Lent, Loulé shimmies into something sexy and sequinned, with parades, tractor-drawn floats and lots of musical high jinks. Friday is the children’s parade and Sunday's the big one.
Bar in Loulé

Poeta Caffe

With a lovely patio under the shade of trees, this friendly bar has a sweet old-town location and a great local scene. It's the best place to sip a gin and tonic on a hot evening in Loulé.
Music in Loulé


This world-music festival has gained a reputation as a quality event and now attracts strong line-ups of international performers.
Museum in Loulé

Museu Municipal

Housed in Loulé's restored castle, the archaeology section at this museum takes it right from the beginning: Homo erectus kicks things off, and via dusty collections of pottery and bone we arrive at the Roman and Is…