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About Loule

The traditional Portuguese town of Loule is a popular sightseeing spot in the center of Algarve. In the characteristic historic square in the town is where you can experience the Portuguese atmosphere with its vibrant lively market. At the same time, Loule, offers pleasant alternatives to a beach holiday with lots and lots of places to visit. Vialmoura Marina is a natural port and you can have a nice time at the seaside cafes and you can go shopping. Also if you want to visit the Loule from the sea, you can enjoy boat tours from the marina.

You can have a nice day at the Castle of Loule with a municipal museum in the grounds with a history of more than 2000 years and there's a branch of the municipal museum inside, recreating the castle's medieval kitchen. In the castle you can climb the 14th and 15th century battlements and enjoy the magnificent view. Vilamoura yatch marina lies right in the middle of a fascinating Roman archaeological site. The roman ruins of Cerro de Villa is remnants of a historical villa that you should take time to visit. You can relax on the golden sands on either side of the yacht marina in Vilamoura and swim in the blue flagged Falesia Beach.

Loule's most popular market is Mercado de Loule municipal market which is in a building dating back to the year 1908. With its oriental domed arches and towers and long corridors full of stalls it is a market where you can spend half a day for both food products and souvenirs. Held on a Saturday in Loule, the Gypsy Market is one Loule's most fascinating places. Crowded, intense aromas and noisey, you can be sure to experience a nice time. You can find great opportunities to taste street food and to choose random gifts.

The authentic Portuguese church of Sao Lourenco in the civil parish of Almancil is a special baroque style building which dates back to the late 1600s. What makes the place special is the azulejos art (mosaic art) shaped by the masters of the Algarve. You can spend a nice day in the church and in the gardens. One of the old city's sights is the 17th century Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Chapel (Our Lady of the Conception). You can examine the glamorous walls of the chapel decorated with blue and white tiles with excerpts from passages of the Bible on them. If you want to spend some time with nature, you can spend time at Trilho da Fonte Benemola National Park where you can walk the hiking routes and have a picnic.

In Loule you will find typical examples of Portuguese cuisine. You can taste dishes with beef, pork, lamb, and sea food and blends of vegetables. There are also a wide range of options for vegans. The best time to travel to Loule is in July and August, which is also the high season. However May and October are also suitable times to travel.

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