Quarteira has the best of both worlds: authentic Algarve with its promenade, cobbled streets and lively fishing community, and a world class resort with entertainment for all ages. Despite the fast-paced development of the local tourism and hospitality industries in recent years, Quarteira has managed to keep its charm intact.
The palm-lined Avenida Infante de Sagres promenade is Quarteira's equivalent of a high street where locals and holidaymakers flock to people-watch, drink and dine, and enjoy the lovely view out to the sea.
In terms of shopping, there is the usual Algarve-style food market with fresh fish and vegetables sold daily, as well as a weekly gypsy market on Wednesdays, which is great for bargain hunters. Residents also have the choice of a number of supermarkets.