Destination guide

Beach, bars, and buzzy markets, Quarteira has it all

Famous for its long, sandy beaches and palm-lined promenade, Quarteira is a popular coastal resort in the Algarve region of Portugal. Once a small fishing village, it now attracts hordes of beach lovers and families who flock to enjoy the warm waters, clean beaches, and topnotch restaurants along the waterfront. Get your Portuguese adventure off to a great start by booking a Quarteira vacation rental with its own pool. Aside from its beautiful beaches, many come to grab a bargain at the weekly market or play golf on the Algarve's famous championship golf courses. There's something for everyone.

Things to do

Find thrills and spills at Portugal's largest waterpark

While most of the action happens on the beach, there are several cool attractions within reach of your Quarteira vacation rental. Kids and adults alike will love the water slides, thrill rides, and lazy river at the Aquashow water park, a 7-minute drive north of the beach. As the largest water park in Portugal, it makes a great day out for all the family. Love golf? Then head to the Vale do Lobo Ocean and Royal Golf Courses, a 20-minute drive along the coast. These world-renowned championship courses have a dream location between the sea and the pine forests.


Life's a beach and then you dive in Quarteira, Portugal

Promising wide golden sands and calm, clear turquoise waters, Quarteira Beach is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. There are plenty of watersports activities on offer, such as sailing, snorkeling, and jet skiing. Boat cruises and scuba diving trips depart from nearby Vilamoura harbor. Quarteira's beautiful, palm-lined promenade is at the heart of this bustling beach resort. Dotted with alfresco restaurants and buzzy beach bars, it's the perfect spot for a sunset stroll after a busy day on the beach.


For hot fun in the summertime, visit Quarteira

The Algarve coast sees the best of Portugal's weather. Promising long, hot summers and mild, short winters, it's a year-round vacation destination. The busiest time is between July and September when the temperatures reach a blistering 80-90 degrees. This is also when Quarteira vacation rentals are at a premium. But the shoulder seasons of spring and fall are equally pleasant times to visit, with plenty of sunshine and warm days. Although come fall there's an increased risk of rain, so pack an umbrella.

Natural features

Stork on you—spot the Algarve's rare black stork

Quarteira is a buzzy beach resort in the central Algarve region of Portugal. The rocky coastline, which extends out from Quarteira towards Vilamoura and Albufeira, offers some beautiful scenic walks where you may spot migrating whales if you time it right. For hardier hikes it's a bit of a trek (excuse the pun) to find some trails. A 2-hour drive north of the resort is the Vale do Guadiana Natural Park which offers an extensive array of walking trails. If you're lucky, you may even spot the rare black stork, as well as the native kestrel, owl, and eagle.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Quarteira

The nearest airport is in Faro (FAO-Faro Intl.), located 7.7 mi (12.4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Portimao (PRM), which is 27.6 mi (44.4 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Quarteira?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,531 vacation rentals near Quarteira. From 2,878 Condos/Apartments to 830 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Quarteira for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Quarteira?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Quarteira:

  • Encosta das Oliveiras: 995 vacation rentals
  • Aldeia do Golfe: 226 vacation rentals
  • Vilamoura: 1,293 vacation rentals
  • Quinta do Lago: 794 vacation rentals
  • Galé: 1,407 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Quarteira?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Quarteira. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Vila Sol Golf: 7,961 vacation rentals
  • Swim With Sea Lions: 7,844 vacation rentals
  • Family Golf Park: 7,935 vacation rentals
  • Aqua Show Park: 7,877 vacation rentals
  • OPENWATERS - Diving Center: 7,952 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Quarteira listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Quarteira?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,878 Condos/Apartments in Quarteira. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Quarteira include:

  • Houses: 830 rentals available
  • Villas: 2,622 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 42 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Quarteira?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5,154 vacation rentals with pool available in Quarteira. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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