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Shopaholics Algarve – Part 4

by Sun’s Dragon     

PART 4: A diverse triangle of top-end shops and farmers’ markets

Whether a dedicated shopper or a necessity shopper; resident in the Algarve, or just here on holiday, you will love the experience of shopping in this diverse triangle of towns.


Loulé is a fairly large town by Algarvean standards, boasting a high street filled with many interesting shops. From typical Algarvean fashion to the latest trends in Europe, including evening and bridal wear. Jewellers and watch menders, shoe shops featuring Portuguese soft leather, and many other shops selling handbags, gloves and a collection of other leather goods, as well as fashion accessories made from cork!

Loulé has art galleries, haberdashers and a very large furniture store. There is also a huge old fashioned ironmonger firm that brings back memories of a past era.

The Municipal markets with fresh fish and fresh fruit and vegetables are housed in an opulently restored historic building. On Saturdays this is surrounded with stalls selling home grown fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Loule municipal market algarve

Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lago is home to a “top-end-of-the-market” shopping centre.  Here is where all the latest in designer clothing, from golfing wear to ball gowns is to be found. Soft and hard furnishings are top-of-the-range in Quinta do Lago. The restaurants here are more likely to offer north European menus rather than traditional Algarvean food and the prices usually reflect this. There is a delightful Irish Pub, Da Barra's, with a comfortable outside terrace for people watching. Da Barra serves 'pub grub' and is a very popular venue.

Shopping Quinta do Lago Algarve


Quarteira is a fine beach resort as well as a good shopping centre. Everything you need to enjoy a day on the sand is to be found along the main promenade including beach toys, beach wear, mats, umbrellas and windbreakers. In the town itself are supermarkets, small boutiques, stationers and much more. Fresh fish and vegetable markets are open each morning.

Every Wednesday morning a large farmers market selling locally grown produce is set up in the town centre, as well as a large gypsy market on the outskirts of the town.  People come from all over the Algarve to visit these two popular markets.

Quarteira gypsy market algarve

Some of the major markets are:

  • Quarteira – every Wednesday
  • Loulé – every Saturday

Have you shopped in these towns? How do you compare shopping in Quinta do Lago to shopping in Loulé?



Find out more about Algarve shopping options in our other blogs in this series:

Shopaholics' Algarve – Part 6: Westward bound, from Porches to Sagres

Shopaholics' Algarve – Part 5: Shopping in the Algarve’s tourist capital, featuring Albufeira and Guia

Shopaholics' Algarve – Part 3: Exploring the traditional shops

Shopaholics' Algarve – Part 2: East Algarve - Olhão and Faro

Shopaholics' Algarve – Part 1: East Algarve - Vila Real, Tavira and Fuzeta


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