Quarteira is a Portuguese city, located in the Loule municipality of the Algarve. The city has developed from a sleepy fishing village into a popular tourist destination over the last 40 years, largely due to its 2km of Blue Flag beach and its excellent base location from which to explore the area. A good selection of holiday accommodation can be found in the area, ranging from luxury Quarteira apartments to tranquil cottages and sea-front villas.
The long open beach, with its safe bathing waters is a big draw for visitors. The lengthy promenade is bordered by rustling palm trees and family-friendly restaurants, where you can buy seafood that was caught just hours earlier. This area makes for a relaxing walk in the daytime, when you can observe the local fishermen going about their daily chores and bringing in the catches.
Quarteira is also a big draw for golfers, with several championship courses within easy reach of the city, such as the Royal Course at Vale de Lobo and the Old Course at Vilamoura. Many other courses exist, meaning there is an enjoyable and challenging course to be found for players of all standards.
Every Saturday and Wednesday a gypsy market is held in the city’s streets, and visitors can barter over items such as shoes, linen, leather goods, pottery and tablecloths, to get some great presents for friends and family back home. The daily fish market also gives you the opportunity to get the freshest seafood to take back and cook in your self-catering accommodation in Quarteira.
Quarteira is conveniently located just two kilometres from the busy tourist destination of Vilamoura. Centred around its 1,000-vessel marina. Vilamoura is fast becoming a prestigious beach resort, with a busy nightlife and a wide range of cultural and sports-based activities to be found. The natural springs at Fonte Santa are said to have healing qualities, and are also just 3km from Quarteira. With many other towns and villages to be found nearby, your Quarteira rental accommodation is a great base from which to explore.
Tourists have been flocking to the Algarve for the last few decades due to the great weather. Quarteira witnesses several hours of sunshine every day, and summer temperatures average at around 28C. Temperatures are also far from cold in winter, with an average of 16C even in December and January.
In order to get to Quarteira you should fly to Faro Airport (FAO), then make the remaining 22km journey by hire car, shuttle bus, or other method of public transport. Flights depart from the UK direct to Faro on a regular basis, and take around three hours. Many carriers make the journey, including the main budget airlines, so shop around for the best deal.