There's something magical about markets, especially the one's abroad. Yes, there really are bargains to be had, if you look carefully, but it's more than that. It's the atmosphere, the buzz, the holiday feeling, the colours, the smells... you know what I mean. The Algarve is the ideal place to have a wander and a look around markets as most towns and villages have their own. However, the following two 'tourist' markets are recommended by us and are big and beautiful enough to be well worth a visit.


WEDNESDAY - Quarteira 


Quarteira has everything. There are stalls selling souvenirs, shoes, clothes, watches, bags, fake designer this and that... shopping heaven. Quarteira is adjacent to Vilamoura and is half-an-hour's drive or less from Praia da Oura. You can park in a street just off the seafront and walk through to the main street to find streams of people heading towards the market. Loule is also a very good market and a nice place to visit.


Gypsy markets are held throughout the Algarve and this is a guide to when they are held and where. Please be aware that they don't always follow this pattern ( There are some special day fairsin certain months at certain towns) and so you should always check before travelling- after all this is Portugal !!

Albufeira 1st & 3rd Tuesday 

Alcantarilha 1st Friday 

Algoz 2nd Monday 

Aljezur 3rd Monday 

Almancil 1st & 4th Sunday 

Alvor 2nd Tuesday 

Alte 3rd Thursday 

Ameixal 1st Thursday 

Azilheira 1st Thursday 

Azinhal (Castro Marim) First Sunday 

Azinhal (Loulé) Last Saturday 

Benafim 1st Saturday 

Boliqueme Last Thursday 

B S Miguel 1st Monday 

Budens 1st Tuesday 

Castro Marim 2nd Saturday 

Cortelha 2nd Saturday 

Estoi 2nd Sunday 

Fuzeta 1st Thursday 

Guia 3rd Friday 

Lagoa 2nd Sunday

Lagos 1st Saturday 

Messines 4th Monday 

Moncarapacho 1st Sunday 

Monchique 2nd Friday 

Odiaxere 4th Monday 

Paderne 1st Saturday 

Pereiro 4th Sunday 

Portimão 1st Monday 

Quelfes 4th Sunday 

Raposeira 1st Wednesday 

Rogil last Sunday 

Sagres 1st Friday 

Santa Catarina 4th Sunday 

Silves 3rd Monday 

São Marcos de Serra 1st Saturday 

Tavira 3rd Saturday 

Tunes 4th Saturday 

Vaqueiros 2nd Thursday 

Vila do Bispo 1st Thursday 

V N de Cacela 3rd Sunday 

Additionally there are markets every week at:


  • Loulé Every Saturday 

  • Quarteira Every Wednesday 

  • São Brás Every Saturday