You'll discover a whole new side to the Algarve when you holiday in Loulé. For this isn't a town where sun, sand and sea come first. Here the vibrant, covered market piled high with fresh produce is at the core of daily life, and on a Saturday, the market spills over into the surrounding streets selling every type of local handicraft. Buy delicate lacework or hefty wrought iron pieces, rustic pottery or gleaming copperware. During the week, discover tiny workshops tucked into the network of cobbled lanes, where skilled hands spin the potter's wheel or carve and polish pieces of wood.
When it comes to mealtimes, Loulé serves up hearty, regional food, and even if you're on a cheap holiday, you'll find an affordable restaurant. After all, the Portuguese love to eat out too. Travel to Loulé in February and the town bursts into an exuberant carnival during the five days leading up to Lent. Expect dancing in the streets and plenty of fancy dress. Keep your head down though for there may be water or flour bombs flying!
Summer holidays in Loulé also have a cultural side, with a 13th century castle where you can walk the ramparts and visit a small museum to learn about the history of this interesting town. Several churches are worth a visit too, and when you want to explore further afield, there are glorious beaches, challenging golf and cheerful seaside resorts all within an easy drive.
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