Loule in the Algarve is a contradiction. It is an active rural market town, yet it is cosmopolitan and racy! Some of its old architecture remains, although earthquakes have destroyed much of it. The 13th Century Church of Sao Clemente remains, and is a stunning sight. Taking a holiday villa in Loule is defiantly worthwhile, as the town has much to offer in traditional Portuguese art and craftsmanship. There is a great choice of accommodation, with properties ranging in size and facilities, including many villas with a pool. Loule is also very close to many of the Algarve’s finest beach resorts.
The weekly Saturday morning market in Loule is hugely popular with locals and tourists alike, selling the best fresh fruit, the daily fish catch, and the best local craftsmanship in leather, brass, copper and clay.
There are also a huge number of golf courses in the area, ranging in difficulty. Vale do Lobo, Pinheiros Altos, San Larenzo and Villa Sol all have courses, and the Royal course is famed for a par 3, in which you must drive over 3 spectacular cliffs with your tee shot!
The annual carnival in February is considered the best in Portugal, and you will be caught up in street dancing, fancy dress and flour fights as soon as you arrive on the streets from your rented Loule apartment or villa!
The caves at Alto Fica and the rocks of Rocha da Pena are well worth a visit from any Algarve holiday.
Almacil is a small prosperous town, which has managed to retain the character and flair of a traditional Algarve town. As well as Almacil, Alte is also famed for its rural architecture and traditional folk music.
However, if it is the Algarve’s famous beaches you are looking for, you are spoilt for choice. Vale do Lobo is a top international complex, with low density luxury villas for rent, located right on the beach. With an extensive range of sports facilities on site, it is an ideal place to take a self catering villa for family holidays. Quinta do Lago, its neighbour, is a fully contained luxury golf and tennis resort located right on the beach, and with every facility you could need including banks, restaurants and cafes.
Vilamoura is one of Europe’s newest and most prestigious beach resorts. It is centered round the Vilamoura Marina, and had a golden sandy beach, sporting facilities, a casino and vibrant nightlife of all varieties.
The climate in Loule, Algarve is comparable to that of North Africa. The average temperature is 17˚C, with August being hottest, although it is hot enough to swim from May until November. The winter months, December until February rarely fall below 10˚C, meaning a holiday villa in Loule can be used all year round.
Loule’s nearest international airport is Faro, 11 miles away, and receives flights from all main UK airports, Manchester (MAN), Luton (LTN), London, Bristol (BRS), Birmingham (BHX), Aberdeen (ABZ) and others, and services are provided by many carriers. As a result, there are some cheap flights to be found, especially on last minute holidays.