Loulé Market Guide
Loulé Municipal Market
Mercado Municipal de Loulé
Loulé Municipal Market is located in the centre of town, not to be confused with the weekly Loulé Gypsy Market (different location). This beautiful historical building is 112 years old and houses the charming indoor market, opens everyday except Sunday and some public holidays.
Locals visit the 29 shops and 90 stalls to purchase fresh fish, seafood, vegetables and other regional produce. The neo-arab architecture and location make this a very popular venue and a ‘must-see’ for tourists visiting the town.
Promotional video celebrating the 110th anniversary of the historic Loulé Market.
What can you buy at the Loulé Market?
- bread, pastries and cakes
- regional sweets
- wines and liquors
- gourmet and regional products
- fresh fish and seafood
- fresh and cured meat
Best day to visit the Municipal Market
Saturday morning. The market extends its stalls outdoors to the Farmers Market and the Gypsy Market is also an easy 10 minute walk away.
Start at the outdoor Gypsy Market, walk up to Municipal Market, have lunch in the old town and visit the Loulé Castle.
Monday to Saturday 07h00 to 14h00
Closed on Sunday and some public holidays
Every Saturday 07h00 to 13h00
Every Saturday 08h00 to 14h00
What else is there to do near the market?
Loulé has a fair amount of traditional restaurants, shops and cafés in this area. Also nearby, you will find the Loulé Castle, Museum and a beautiful tiny church nearby.
Loulé Farmers Market
On Saturdays the Municipal Market really comes to life, regional farmers bring their produce to Loulé and the market spills out to the adjacent roads.
Loulé Gypsy Market
Loulé Gypsy Market is also held every Saturday near the church. Very similar to the Quarteira Gypsy Market where you can purchase clothes, shoes, cork items and souvenirs. If you have been to the Quarteira market you might want to give this one a miss, its smaller and the vendors are the same.
What can you buy at the Gypsy Market?
- clothes and linen
- handbags and wallets
- belts and hats
Visit the Loulé Castle
The town of Loulé, originally al-Ûlyã in arab, is the largest inland town in the region and dates back to the 2nd century. The Loulé Castle site was originally a roman military fortification and occupied in 715 by the Moors. It was definitively occupied in 1249 by D. Paio Peres Correia and in 1268 the castle was reconstructed and expanded by D. Afonso III.
During the earthquakes of 1755 and 1969 the castle was severely damaged and despite the impressive exterior, not much remains of the original castle. The 3 towers within the cordon of walls and the remnants of the alcaldaria (governor’s residence) are original. Restoration on the monument began in the 19th century and the castle now houses the Loulé Archaeological Museum.
You can visit the castle and exhibit from Tuesday to Saturday, and it should take about half an hour to see the monument. There is a nominal entrance fee of €1.60 (free for children and seniors 65+). It is a pleasant mini-tour and well worth the great views of the town.
Our Lady of the Conception Hermitage
Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Just across from the Castle entrance is this tiny, beautiful 17th century hermitage. Exquisitely decorated with gold gilding, detailed altar carvings and hand-painted Azulejo tiles depicting biblical scenes. Entrance is free, so just step in for a few minutes and have a look around.
Loulé Market Tours
Every Saturday musement.com (TUI) organisers a guided tour to the markets. Check out the details here.
How to get from Vilamoura to the Loulé Market
Drive – Loulé is only 15km (9,2mi) away from Vilamoura.An easy drive but hard to park especially on Saturdays.
Loulé Municipal Market and Farmers Market
R. José Fernandes Guerreiro 34
Map and Directions
Loulé Gypsy Market
N270 (National Road 270) 12
Map and Directions
Bus – there are no direct buses to Loulé from Vilamoura. You will need to get to Quarteira Bus Station and take the bus from there (8h30 bus would be the best to have enough time to visit)