After the market it's time for a late breakfast. We see signs of the town preparing for Carnival, but learn that it doesn't start until tomorrow and it runs through Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). On our walk to find a restaurant we pop into Nossa Senhora de Conceicão chapel. It was decorated in the 18th century and includes and huge gold alter and tiles on the walls showing scenes from the Virgin Mary's life. Beautiful.
We meander through the narrow streets to find the Church of Saint Francisco, which dates back to the 16th century after the end of the Black Plague. Unfortunately it is not open. Ok - we'll just head towards the main church, Igreja Matriz.
Igreja Matriz is opposite the Amuados Gardens. It is a 13th-century gothic church which was converted from a mosque and the bell tower used to be the minaret.
Narrow lanes take us back toward the Mercado. We stop to enjoy the sun and have a beverage in front of Torre do Relógio. This bell tower was built on top of the town walls.
We catch the 3:15 bus back to Albufeira, happy that we spent the day getting to know a little bit about Loulé.