Popular with families and pensioners of all nationalities as a holiday destination or place to relocate to, Quarteira is not the Algarve's most picturesque resort, but it offers a wide range of activities and amenities. The town is one of the original purpose-built resorts on the Algarve coast, with high-rise hotels and apartment developments. It is possible to still find affordable apartments in Quarteira, with conversions and modern one-bedroom apartments starting at around 115,000 euros.
The town's best natural feature is the golden, sandy beach that stretches the entire length of Quarteira. A short walk along the beach will take you to Marina de Vilamoura; one of the Algarve's most popular family attractions, Aquashow water park, is easily accessible. It's possible to get around on foot or by renting a bicycle. Activities on offer include parasailing and fishing and charter trips along the coast. Vilamoura is one of the Algarve's premiere destinations for golfers, which makes Quarteira a good place to start a property search, as it is less expensive.