The region of Loule, Portugal is known for its old world charm married with booming commercial growth. The city of Loule is located about 4.5 miles from the coast and ten miles from the region's capital. Loule has collected elements of the many cultures that have influenced it since its founding in the 12th century. Today, Loule is one of Algarve's busiest regions thanks to its beauty and strategic coastal location. HomeAway is the first step to finding the perfect villa in the Loule region.
Rental apartments in the Loule region are plentiful and there is certainly something for every kind of traveller: from those travelling solo and looking for a great view, to those with a large family and pets. For those looking for something bigger, there are also nice holiday apartments in Loule region, with pools, gardens, panoramic views all just a click away. Many people who visit this part of Portugal like to explore the other nearby regions. HomeAway also offers holiday rentals in the Faro region, and those who want to spend time on the beach can choose cosy accommodations in Carvoeiro.
Loule old town:
Loule is a beautiful 13th-century town. The historic town centre is charming. Cobblestone streets wind and lead visitors to a bounty of shops selling local wares and restaurants serving traditional food and drink. The views from the old castle walls are lovely.
Handicrafts and local markets:
Local traditional handicrafts from the Loule region are a unique souvenir. Earthenware pots in bright colours, wooden toys, intricate lace, and colourful blankets are just a few examples. Each Saturday, Loule's cobblestone streets turn into a local craft market where locals sell their wares from morning to midnight. This definitely a unique experience!
Loule's food market:
The food market in Loule is one of the region's most popular destinations. Vibrant stalls overflow with fresh fruits and vegetables, local cheese, wine, sweets, and the freshest fish money can buy. This is a great place to mix with locals and get a true feeling for what life is like in the region.
The Fonte da Benémola:
Located in Querença and Tôr, this nature reserve is home to endangered and protected animal and plant species. The Fonte da Benémola is spread out over 390 hectares. Special footpaths have been established to guide visitors through this beautiful area.
Castle of Loule:
The site where the Castle of Loule now stands was believed to have been first occupied by the Romans before being transformed into a military defence station. Today visitors can view three grey stone towers that offer a terrific view of Loule from above.
Igreja Matriz de São Lourenço:
This church was built at the beginning of the 18th century and is one of Algarve's most famous. Blue and white glazed tiles cover the interior of the church and the interior is characterised by intricate woodwork. It was one of the few buildings to survive the earthquake of 1755.
The Loule region enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Sun is prevalent all year long and the summer months are characterised by temperatures averaging 28ºC, perhaps a bit higher in late July or early August. Winters are mild with temperatures rarely dropping below 10ºC with the most rain falling in March. Spring and fall are warm and mild, making it a nice time for sightseeing.
Faro Airport (FAO) is the closest airport to the Loule region, a mere ten miles away. Most major European cities fly directly to Faro. Buses and trains run directly to the centre of Loule and the trip only takes about 15-20 minutes. Car hire is another easy option for reaching other towns in the municipality; there are plenty of agencies at Faro airport.