Living in Praia do Carvoeiro

Praia do Carvoeiro

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Doggy walk in Carvoeiro.

The most common question people ask me is ” What is it like to live permanently in Portugal ?”

As you can´t be here at the moment due the Covid-19, I’ve decided to take you with me today for my early dog walk in Praia do Carvoeiro, so you can get to know this little town where I live without all the contamination risk -:)


7 am Folks
Bo (you can meet him in the “About Me “section ) and I leave the house at 7 am for our walk.
Today is another beautiful day ! I love the beautiful warm, colours just after sunrise, they make me very happy,  I can’t imagine a better start of the day. The village is deserted and peaceful with only the sound of  seagulls and the rippling of the waves.


Praia do Carvoeiro centre and beach

Praia do Carvoeiro centre – beach

Today I am taking the pictures with my mobile phone because walking with Bo and an expensive camera is not the best combination.  Bo weighs 40 kg, has got a mind of his own and doesn’t  like cats or bicycles so I’ve got my hands full keeping us both safe.

Beach Praia do Carvoeiro

Beach Praia do Carvoeiro

Praia do Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro, also referred to as Praia do Carvoeiro, used to be a tuna fishing village but nowadays the small boats on the beach are only used to show the tourists the beautiful Atlantic coastline and the caves. Currently most people here live off tourism.

Atlantic Coastline Carvoeiro

Atlantic Coastline from Praia do Carvoeiro

We continue our walk in the direction of the little church “Capela da Nossa Senhora da Encarnação”.

Translated as The Chapel of our Lady of the Incarnation.
This church and the adjacent fortress were completely destroyed during the enormous earthquake in 1755. The church was only completely rebuilt in 1942.
The original copper bell was saved and can still be seen at the front of the church.

Capela da Nossa Senhora da Encarnação in Carvoeiro

“Capela da Nossa Senhora da Encarnação” in Carvoeiro


Just behind the church you will find  “my” herb garden where I regularly “borrow” a few sprigs of rosemary for my Portuguese and Italian dishes. The first dish that comes to mind now is a potato dish from the oven. I will share this recipe with you in one of my next posts. The name “rosemary” derives from the Latin Ros Marinus which means dew of the sea, . The smell is fantastic and apparently it improves the memory and concentration. I think I might have to go back tomorrow to get a few more sprigs….


This is also the point where the boardwalk along the coastline between the church and Algar Seco starts.
From this boardwalk you have a fantastic view along the coastline and over the Atlantic Ocean. This boarwalk brings you to the amazing spot Algar Seco.

Algar Seco

Algar Seco (translated – dry sinkhole) is a  natural wonder of caves and rock formations. Years of erosion have created these beautiful rock formations  and, in the middle you will find a natural pool of crystal clear water at high tide,
I came here first 25 years ago (yeah really that long….) to swim and not much has changed since then.
Near restaurant “Boneca” a tunnel runs through the rocks. At the end of this tunnel you will be surprised with a great view, through a window formed with rock.

I’d love to show you more, but that’ll have to wait till the next time because now it’s time to go home ……  We walk back through town so I can buy a coffee on the go and admire the beautiful colours blue from the “Morning Glory” and morning glory it is !

Morning Glory

Até à próxima !

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  • Toni 06/06/2020 at 7:22 am Reply

    Very interesting and helpfull

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