Loulé remains a major marketplace for the Algarve, hosting outdoor and indoor markets where visitors and locals can buy groceries, handicrafts, herbs, spices, and more. There is also a gypsy market held every Saturday morning on the city’s western side, where you can haggle for jewellery, shoes, clothes, handbags, and other items.
For a relaxing time, be sure to visit the Parque Municipal de Loulé, or the local walking trail Fonte Benémola. It offers a pair of circular trails, giving you the opportunity to spot a variety of local trees, plants, and wildlife. You can even bring along a picnic for the excursion.
Loulé is famous for its traditional festivals, including their annual three-day carnival in February, which attracts visitors from across the world. The city also holds a noite branca festival to celebrate the end of summertime, and the more formal Procession of the Sovereign Mother on every second Sunday after Easter. If you time your visit right, you can get to take part in these activities.