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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...

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...

Tapas in Loulé

Colheita Fresca

Produce from Loulé's magnificent Mercado Municipal is utilised in petiscos such as ostras (oysters) served with a squeeze of grapefruit, chouriço assado (flambéed chorizo) and moelas estufadas (garlic- and...

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...

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...

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 and a whitewashed stucco...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Music in Loulé

Festival Med

This three-day world-music festival has gained a reputation as a quality event and now attracts strong line-ups of international performers, as well as dance, handicrafts exhibitions and street theatre.

Religious in Loulé

Nossa Senhora da Piedade

Linked to ancient maternity rites, this romaria (religious festival) is the Algarve’s most important. On Easter Sunday a 16th-century image of Our Lady of Pity (or Piety) is carried down from its hilltop chapel,...