“A vibrant, market town, where it’s not all about holidays! This is a real town – and perhaps that’s why it’s such a fascinating place to explore.”
Roll up to Loulé on a Saturday, and you’re in for a treat. For this is the day of the exuberant, open-air market where local handicrafts are in abundance. On weekdays, there’s a covered market selling piles of glossy vegetables, gleaming fish and fiery spices, and this too is well worth a wander. Loulé has long had a reputation for being the handicrafts capital of the Algarve, and as you explore the area of cobbled lanes in the centre, you may well watch artisans carving wood, making lace and sitting at a potter’s wheel. You’ll find all sorts of appealing mementos for sale in the shops – from clogs to copper and from candles to wrought ironmongery. When you’ve had your fill of shopping, plonk yourself down at a pavement café and watch the townsfolk going about their daily lives. There’s no shortage of places to eat, many serving wholesome regional dishes to holidaymakers and locals alike. However there’s more to Loulé than shopping and eating. Make sure you visit the 13th century castle, where the defensive ramparts now welcome visitors to walk around the high walls with great views over the rooftops. Look out for the elaborate, decorative chimneys – if it wasn’t for the walkway all that talent would be unappreciated! There’s a small museum at the castle where you can learn all about the Roman and Moorish history of this interesting town. Once you’ve overdosed on culture, you’ll be glad to know that glorious beaches, golf courses and waterparks are only 15 minutes away.
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