Loule is the ideal destination for those looking for an authentic taste of the Algarve within a short drive of the famed coastline and golf courses. Take a wander through the Medieval lanes where you will see craft workshops and traditional houses or relax over a glass of wine in one of the tree lined plazas. You can stock up on local produce and fresh fish to cook up a feast at your villa. The daily market is held in the unusual Arabic style market hall or you can meet the producers at the farmers’ market which takes places every Saturday.
Loule comes alive on Saturday mornings when the daily market expands to include a farmers’ market selling local produce, fresh fish and regional crafts. There is also the bustling gypsy market on the western side of Loule. For a greater choice, why not visit the Mar Shopping mall with it's designer outlet stores just on the outskirts of Loule. Further East and for something more cosmopolitan the large Forum shopping centre near Faro has a wide range of designer shops, around 30 minute's drive away.
Loule offers a varied range of restaurants, cafes and a few bars, mostly centred along the Avenida and around and beyond the covered market. For more choice, take a 20 minute drive to Quinta do Lago which has plenty of restaurants and chic fashionable shops in the Bougainvillea Plaza. Alternatively, head 20 minutes' west to Vilamoura, built around its stylish marina, and enjoy a meal with a view of the luxury yachts while you dine.
There are various beaches to choose from along this coastline which is known as the Golden Triangle. Vale do Lobo Beach is a long stretch of golden sand, backed by distinctive terracotta cliffs, approximately 20 minutes' drive away. The Quinta do Lago and Vale do Garrao Beaches are also within half an hour's drive away and along the same stretch of soft sandy coastline. These are just a few of the fabulous sands that stretch for miles along the coast here and at each you will find sunbeds and parasols and places to have a bite to eat.
There are lots of opportunities for family outings in the Algarve, including a trip to the Ria Formosa Nature Park, 40 minute's drive away, where guided walks and boat tours can be organised. This spectacular coastal lagoon is home to one of the largest populations of seahorses and also an endangered species of chameleon found only in the Algarve.
The Aquashow waterpark with a roller coaster, water slides, wave pools and much more is only a 15 minute drive away, just outside Quarteira.
Nearby Almancil, is famous for its Go Karting Rink and for something more leisurely, horseriding is available at the Pine Trees Centre near Vale do Lobo.
Or for a fun day out, why not visit Zoomarine in Guia, around 30 minute's drive away. This marine life theme park, home to hundreds of fantastic and fascinating sea creatures, exotic birds and tropical fish. It even has a wave pool and beach!
Loule has an abundance of local historical and cultural attractions such as the remains of a Roman settlement and Loule Castle. Originally an important Moorish city, the remnants of its North African heritage can still be seen throughout the town.
If you wish to explore further why not also visit nearby Faro's historical old town where you will find marvellously preserved Medieval quarters, museums, churches and a cathedral.
There are top quality golf courses nearby including the Vale do Lobo Royal and Vale do Lobo Ocean courses! These are of course just 2 of the plethora of courses that the Algarve has to offer.