The municipality of Loulé is located in the south of mainland Portugal, in the Algarve region. It has an area of approximately 764.39 km² and 72 373 inhabitants, making it the largest municipality in the region by both area and population. It has an average population density of 94,7 people per sq. km, in line with the population density of the region (93,5 people per sq. Km). Loulé has the highest number of immigrants in the Algarve (18 707) with 118 diferent nationalities.
The municipality of Loulé is a colourful mosaico of typical villages, landscapes of extraordinary beauty stretching from the hills down to the coastline, urban áreas where modern architecture stands is harmony with the majestic historical heritage and a cultural legacy inspired both by contemporary expertise and habits passed down since time immemorial. Consisting of nine parishes, the municipality enjoys a wonderful location in the heart of the Algarve, where is major tourist destination, a landmark industrial área and the focal point of a wide range of services that contribute to its social and economic wealth. Visiting Loulé is experience something special. Near the coast, discover the main city of the municipality and allow yourself to travel back to the distant past wich is still preserved in the monuments in its historical centre, the authentic vestiges of a past that is artistically reproduced in the iconic building of the Municipal Market.
Walk the streets flanked by modern shops, relax on sunny terraces and enjoy the range of art in the galleries in Loule, in cosmopolitan Quarteira and in the parish of Almancil. From the interior, can take memories away with you of the welcoming villages sheltered by verdant hills, such as Alte, Ameixial, Salir, Benafim, Tor and Querença, where the cuisine, folk music, handcrafts, typical buildings, agricultural techniques, religious festivals and popular music characterise the genuineness of the people of the serra. The Municipality of Loulé is an attractive territory for living, working, studying, visiting, enjoying and investing, which guides its action for sustainability, cohesion and social innovation, cultural diversity, economy, without prejudice to its tourism of excellence. Its action is based on a public policy strategy focused on the benefit of the municipality, citizens, families and businesses, improving the quality of life and ensuring a better and more stable future for all. His vision is focused on ensuring that the municipality of Loulé is one of the best places in the world to live and visit.