The town of Quarteira is a welcoming coastal location that offers visitors the chance to lounge on fine beaches and to explore the bigger tourist towns of Albufeira and Vilamoura. With a history dating back to Roman times, visitors can also get to grips with Quarteira's past. HomeAway has villas in Quarteira that put visitors close to the action, whether it be a Quarteira apartment with a picture-perfect view for two or a family-sized Quarteira holiday villa with internet access, satellite television and swimming pool.
Alternatively, a stay in a chic marine town with designer boutiques and fine dining can be enjoyed: HomeAway has plenty of accommodations in nearby Vilamoura, about a mile away. Busy and exciting Albufeira is eight-and-a-half miles from Quarteira and has plenty of holiday accommodations too. Loule, a beautiful 13th century town, is ten miles away, where HomeAway also has many rentals.
This beach made of soft, golden sand is a landing spot for the local fishing community. Each morning fishermen pull ashore with their catch; visitors to the beach can visit the nearby fish market or pop into one of the restaurants to sample their wares.
Quarteira Gypsy Market:
Each Wednesday the town square of Quarteira turns into a large gypsy market. Locals and tourists from across the region flock here to pick up bargains. Local arts, crafts, textiles, foods and spirits are all available.
The Algarve region is known for its numerous top-notch golf courses, with some of the best to be found near Quarteira. The closest are Vila Sol, Old Course, Pinhal, Millennium and Laguna. These courses are suitable for players of all ability levels. Tee times can be made online or over the phone.
This popular resort town is centred around an impressive marina. Hundreds of yachts fill the water and elegant restaurants and bars can be found here. History buffs can visit well-preserved Roman ruins, while beaches are found on either side of town. Praia de Falesia and Praia Olhos d’Agua are the most popular.
Albufeira is Portugal’s most popular tourist stop. The Old Town is home to cobblestone streets, whitewashed buildings and a number of shops and restaurants. Night owls can check out the famous strip, lined with countless bars and clubs that are open well into the early morning hours. Fishermen's Beach, near the Old Town, is perfect for a swim.
Sao Lourenco Church:
This church offers visitors a unique glimpse of the region’s past as it is one of the few structures to have survived the devastating earthquake of 1755. Blue and white glazed tiles adorn the interior of the church, as does intricate woodwork. It is located seven miles from Quarteira.
Summers in Quarteira are the busiest season due to the warm, sunny conditions. Days with an average high of 30°C are standard in July and August, while warm temperatures of 25°C are par for the course in fall, making it an ideal season for those wanting to escape the crowds. Winters see an average temperature of 16°C with the most rain – while nevertheless minimal – falling in December.
Quarteira is located 10.5 miles from Faro airport (FAO); most major UK and European cities are serviced to and from here. The fastest way to reach Quarteira from the airport is to hire a car or take a taxi, the drive taking a mere 20 minutes. Alternatively there is a bus that runs from Faro city centre to Quarteira. The ride takes about 40 minutes, excluding the necessary transfer from Faro airport to the city centre.