Roundabout of the Gago Coutinho Square, any visitor to this city would pass this square at one stage in Loule

Roundabout of the Gago Coutinho Square, any visitor to this city would pass this square at one stage in Loule

Loule is a municipality in Faro District and it is only 16km from Faro

Loule is a municipality in Faro District and it is only 16km from Faro

The old Arabic name of this town was al-Ulya which was changed over the centuries to Loule

The old Arabic name of this town was al-Ulya which was changed over the centuries to Loule

This city is quite compact and can be visited in one day

This city is quite compact and can be visited in one day

Loule is a relaxed and unhurried destination, away from the busy beaches of Algrave region

Loule is a relaxed and unhurried destination, away from the busy beaches of Algrave region

One of the street signs in Loule - this city is less visited and it offers more relaxed atmosphere

One of the street signs in Loule - this city is less visited and it offers more relaxed atmosphere

Exterior of the Museu do Lagar Restaurant, this restaurant is located opposite to Igreja Matriz de Loule

Exterior of the Museu do Lagar Restaurant, this restaurant is located opposite to Igreja Matriz de Loule

A shoemaker's shop in a small street, next to the church

A shoemaker's shop in a small street, next to the church

A cat sitting at the doorstep of a house

A cat sitting at the doorstep of a house

Loule city, seen from the Garden of the Skulls (Jardim dos Amuados)

Loule city, seen from the Garden of the Skulls (Jardim dos Amuados)

The streets of this city gives an impression of a sleepy city but it is vibrant and rich in history

The streets of this city gives an impression of a sleepy city but it is vibrant and rich in history

The best way to see the city is by losing oneself in its beautiful and cobbled streets

The best way to see the city is by losing oneself in its beautiful and cobbled streets

The Muslims had ruled this city till 1249 and this legacy of the North African Muslims have left a great influence in Loule

The Muslims had ruled this city till 1249 and this legacy of the North African Muslims have left a great influence in Loule

This heritage can be seen throughout the town in either the historic monuments

This heritage can be seen throughout the town in either the historic monuments

While visiting Loule, I got a chance to lose myself in the streets of Old Town of Loule

While visiting Loule, I got a chance to lose myself in the streets of Old Town of Loule

I came across some of the interesting stuff which this city has to offer

I came across some of the interesting stuff which this city has to offer

One of the greatest things which I have seen was the quality of the ceramics for sale in shops

One of the greatest things which I have seen was the quality of the ceramics for sale in shops

Looking out to Roundabout of the Gago Coutinho Square from Largo Doutor Bernardo Lopes

Looking out to Roundabout of the Gago Coutinho Square from Largo Doutor Bernardo Lopes

Signs for the local attractions at the start of Rua Dom Paio Peres Correia

Signs for the local attractions at the start of Rua Dom Paio Peres Correia

Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Chapel of Our Lady of Conception) is located opposite the Loule Castle

Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Chapel of Our Lady of Conception) is located opposite the Loule Castle

Inside this chapel, lies the remains of a Muslim door which was built in the city walls

Inside this chapel, lies the remains of a Muslim door which was built in the city walls

Loule city seen from the ramparts of the castle

Loule city seen from the ramparts of the castle

In the past, Algarve was famous for its pottery production - this tradition has lived to till this day

In the past, Algarve was famous for its pottery production - this tradition has lived to till this day

Loule is no exception and its souvenirs shops are filled with pottery

Loule is no exception and its souvenirs shops are filled with pottery

There are couple of pottery shops or houses in Loule which produce and sell pottery

There are couple of pottery shops or houses in Loule which produce and sell pottery

The vast array of items and colours on display are staggering

The vast array of items and colours on display are staggering

And this one is more practical, to be used in one's kitchen

And this one is more practical, to be used in one's kitchen

The Rooster of Barcelos is one of the most common sites throughout Portugal

The Rooster of Barcelos is one of the most common sites throughout Portugal

A statue of Antonio Aleixo sitting quietly in front of a cafe

A statue of Antonio Aleixo sitting quietly in front of a cafe

Exterior of the Casa Memória Duarte Pacheco - Duarte Pacheco was born in Loule and he played a huge rule in building the modern Portugal

Exterior of the Casa Memória Duarte Pacheco - Duarte Pacheco was born in Loule and he played a huge rule in building the modern Portugal

Patterns created on the cobbled streets of Loule

Patterns created on the cobbled streets of Loule

Front of the Town Hall of Loule (Câmara Municipal de Loulé) and design on the footpath shows the building

Front of the Town Hall of Loule (Câmara Municipal de Loulé) and design on the footpath shows the building

There were few benches on the side of the road for the public

There were few benches on the side of the road for the public

Two local women sitting on the couch like benches and having a chat

Two local women sitting on the couch like benches and having a chat

A street in front of the Municipal Market - this is one of the most famous landmarks in the city

A street in front of the Municipal Market - this is one of the most famous landmarks in the city

This interesting looking building was inaugurated on 27th June 1908 and built on neo-Arab architectural style

This interesting looking building was inaugurated on 27th June 1908 and built on neo-Arab architectural style

A sculpture of a seller, close to the Municipal Market

A sculpture of a seller, close to the Municipal Market

An open courtyard of the Instituto Superior D. Afonso III

An open courtyard of the Instituto Superior D. Afonso III