The municipality of Loulé is a colourful mosaic of typical villages, landscapes of extraordinary beauty stretching from the hills of the serra down to the coastline, urban areas where modern architecture stands in harmony with the majestic historical heritage and a cultural legacy inspired both by contemporary expertise and habits passed down since time immemorial.
Consisting of eleven parishes, the municipality enjoys a wonderful location in the heart of the Algarve, where it is a major tourist destination, a landmark industrial area and the focal point of a wide range of services that contribute to its social and economic wealth.
Loulé is the biggest municipality in the Algarve but its grandeur stretches beyond its boundaries. Bordered to the south by the Atlantic Ocean, it stretches north to the Serra do Caldeirão, and its geographical position means that the climate is varied and its manifold economic and business activities enjoy an unparalleled dynamism on the regional and national stage.
To visit Loulé is to experience something special.
Near the coast, discover the main city of the municipality and allow yourself to travel back to the distant past which is still preserved in the monuments in its historical centre, the authentic vestiges of a past that is artistically reproduced in the iconic building of the Municipal Market.
Stroll along the streets flanked by modern shops, relax on sunny terraces and enjoy the range of art in the galleries of the Espírito Santo and Santo António Monasteries in Loulé, at the Praça do Mar in cosmopolitan Quarteira and at the São Lourenço Cultural Centre in the parish of Almancil.
From the interior, you can take memories away with you of the welcoming villages sheltered by verdant hills, such as Alte, Ameixial, Salir, Benafim, Tôr and Querença, where the cuisine, folk music, handicrafts, typical buildings, agricultural techniques, religious festivals and popular music characterise the genuineness of the people of the serra.