Formerly a seafarers’ village, Quarteira grew in response to the demand for its beaches and is now a major tourist resort. The fishing hub, with its boats and equipment huts, still exists but only at the westernmost end of the beach. Fresh, charcoal-grilled fish is ever-present at meal times in Quarteira, along with a variety of other traditional fish-based dishes such as bread soup with wedge-shell clams or squid with ink. The beach stretches for almost 2 km and is divided up by a number of stone breakwaters. Sand has accumulated next to these, providing calm bathing conditions for beachgoers. A long, bustling seafront avenue called the “Calçadão” runs alongside the beach and offers a variety of infrastructures for holidaymakers and beachgoers, as well as sunny open-air cafés and restaurants and lots of entertainment in the summer holiday season. This is a very busy city beach.