Where is it ? Loule is an inland Town located about 18 Kilometres from Faro Airport approximately 20 minutes journey by car.

How big is it ? Loule is the Municipal capital of the Faro region. The Town is home to 25000 inhabitants.

Who goes there ? Loule is a large inland town that is not focused on tourism but is still well worth a visit. The architecture is distinctly Algarvian and it has one of the most famous indoor markets in the region.

What about food and accommodation ? There is an excellent selection of restaurants in the main town of Loule and out around the countryside you will find some special and authentic Algarve dining.


Loule is an inland county  in the Algarve with approximately 65,000 inhabitants. The city itself is home to about 20,000 Algarvians and is an important market town

Loulé, which was inhabited by the Romans, has preserved a few remnants from the walls of its Moorish castle. It is a large horticulture and handicraft centre and an important distribution point for produce and products from the mountain villages.
The surrounding countryside is covered with algarroba, almonds, figs and olive trees.
The nearest beaches can be found between Quarteira and Faro at 12 km. The weekly fair attracts tourists from all over the Algarve. The town’s landmark is the market hall (Mercado municipal) which re-opened in early 2007 after a long period of renovation. Its architecture has a classic moorish style influence.

The annual Carnival in February with its  colourful procession around the centre of the city is considered one of the best in Portugal.

The earthquake in 1755 destroyed, like in most other towns in the Algarve, most of the historic buildings. Today you can only see some remains of the Arab castle and the Gothic Church of S. Clemente. The town is nevertheless worth a visit, especially the old part and its surroundings


Useful numbers in Loule.

Town Hall – 289 400 600
Fire Brigade – 289 516 702 / 289 416 704
Police – 289 416 408 / 289 627 82
Emergency Treatment – 289 313 665
Ambulance – 289 516 702
Tourist Office (Loulé) – 289 463 900
Tourist Office (Querença) – 289 422 495
Tourist Office (S. Brás de Alportel) – 289 843 165
Tourist Office (Salir) – 289 489 733

Tourist Information
Edifício do Castelo
8100 Loulé
Tel. ++351 289-463900

Região de Turismo do Algarve
Avª 5 de Outubro, 18
8000 FARO
Tel. ++351 289-800400
Fax. ++351 289-800489