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What not to miss and do in Quarteira

With its long sandy beaches and wealth of culture to discover, as well as its quick and easy connections to other fascinating locations in Portugal, Quarteira has definitely become a top holiday destination.

If you’re heading off to Quarteira on holiday, but aren’t sure what to do or where to go while you’re there, take a look at our top things to do and fill up your itinerary:

Aquashow Park

The Aquashow Park in Quarteira is the biggest waterpark in Portugal, boasting a large variety of slides and attractions to keep everyone in the family entertained. With new features added every year, there’s always something exciting to experience. For adrenaline junkies, try the biggest free fall slide or the largest water coaster in Europe. For little ones, discover Aqualandia, the perfect area full of smaller slides and pools.

Praia de Quarteira and Praia de Forte Novo

You can’t come to such a beautiful coastal town without visiting the beaches. The Praia de Quarteira stretches almost all the way to Faro, 16 miles further down the coast, and gives you as much space as you could possibly need to enjoy a relaxing day on the beach. The Praia de Forte Novo offers a quieter oasis of sand, situated on the Eastern side of Quarteira, away from the sound of the town.

Roman Ruins of Cerro da Vila

This fantastic glimpse of history is a stark juxtaposition to the modern marina of Vilamoura, only a few minutes away, but tells the fascinating story of the Roman Villa that was built in the location during the occupation of the Roman Empire. We’ll let you discover all of the intricacies of the site, from the necropolis to the stunning mosaic floors.


The original fishing community that brought wealth to the town is still in operation and the freshly caught fish, especially cod, is served at many of the eateries along the Avenida Infante de Sagres, a palm-lined promenade just behind the Praia de Quarteira, along with a number of traditional Portuguese dishes. And don’t forget to leave space for a pastel de nata, Portugal’s traditional sweet treat, made with pastry and custard!

Weekly market

Looking for a taste of the traditional culture of Quarteira? Make sure to check out the weekly market which pops up every Wednesday with a variety of items, including handbags and clothing. Pick up a new accessory, or simply experience the hustle and bustle of the lively vendors and visitors.

Golf courses

If you’re an avid golfer, Quarteira is the place for you. Golf courses dot the surrounding area, with seven highly-rated courses, the area of Vilamoura is a golfer’s paradise. There are even private tutors, unaffiliated with the clubs, who can give you week-long courses to improve your game.

If you’re a seasoned player and are happy to pay for quality, the Victoria Clube de Golfe will be up your street, with an 18-hole championship course and fantastic practice facilities. Novices or people looking for a more affordable round can check out Balaia Golf Village or the Laguna Clube de Golfe.

We hope you’re able to fill your time in Quarteira with some great activities that will give you memories for years to come. If you ever want to venture further afield from Quarteira, both Loulé and Faro are definitely places to add to your list; both have fantastic cultural aspects to explore, and some great restaurants and sights.

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