Top things to do

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…
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, …
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.
Music in Loulé


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

Bar Marroquia

Popular with a range of Loulé folk, this bar has an Arabic theme, a pool table and a cosy interior with fireplace.
Greek in Loulé

O Grego

Low-lit, romantic and reliable, this is an authentic place serving Greek specialities. There's also a pleasant patio painted in national colours. The owner turns his hand to rather delicious desserts, including a sc…
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…
Ceramics in Loulé

Cerâmica O Arco

One of a few ceramics shops in Loulé, O Arco has a bright, optimistic range of flower- and fruit-themed painted pottery.
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…