Loule

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How to get to Loulé?

Uber is reliable in the centre of Loulé and there is a selection of local taxis available. During the morning, most people choose to start their visit at the Mercado Municipal de Loulé in the centre of town and that’s where our guide to Loulé starts. The distinctive domed building is hard to miss.

What is the history of Loulé?

Loulé is a traditional market town about 18 km north of Faro in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. Not being a coastal resort, Loulé is one of the few places in the area that still offers a sense of the Algarves pre-tourist-boom atmosphere. Loulé has the same history of occupation by Romans and Moors as most other towns in the Algarve.

What makes Loule so special?

Visitors are drawn to Loule, for its characterful historic centre, the lively market and genuine Portuguese atmosphere. The focal point of Loule is the Arabic inspired covered market, with stalls selling regional handicrafts, local produce and freshly caught fish.

Is Loulé a good place to live?

Not being a coastal resort, Loulé is one of the few places in the area that still offers a sense of the Algarves pre-tourist-boom atmosphere. Loulé has the same history of occupation by Romans and Moors as most other towns in the Algarve.

What to buy in Loulé?

The Loulé market popularly known as the gipsy market is the place to buy almost anything. However, it is open only on Saturdays from 7 am to 3 pm. Here you will find stalls selling regional handicrafts, local produce, handbags, clothes, shoes, jewellery and freshly caught fish.

What makes Loulé’s Market Hall unique?

Both an integral daily amenity and a beautiful monument, Loulé’s market hall could be mistaken for a Moorish palace from the outside. The structure is from 1908 and has lobed arches and towers with oriental domes on the outside.

What is Loulé like to visit?

As we’ve seen from the castle, Loulé has been settled for upwards of 3,000 years, and the centre has the cloistered squares and narrow alleys of a proper medieval town. As is the way in historic Algarve centres, every house is painted white and topped with ceramic roof tiles.

Why visit Loulé in the Algarve?

You probably have heard about the Algarve, its beaches, golf courses and the ecstatic nightlife in Albufeira. Unlike the most popular touristic towns in the Algarve, Loulé offers a different tourism experience. It is an ancient town that dates as far as the Palaeolithic period.

Note: Loule is 10km from the nearest beaches, therefore the town should not be considered for a beach holiday. Loule, Silves or Faro as a Day Trip? Loule, Silves and Faro are all popular day trips but each town has it’s own positives and negatives as day trip destinations.

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