Located next door to the famous resort of Vilamoura, Quarteira has grown since the 1960s from a small fishing village to a major tourist location. It acts as a dormitory for the many employees and companies engaged in the tourist industry.
The architecture is dominated by tall apartment blocks. During the summer season the long open beach and the promenade with its shops and restaurants is quite busy. The market hall offers the catch of the day from the Atlantic Ocean and a good choice of other fresh local products. Every Monday a local fair attracts people from all over the region.