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Alvor is a beautiful, peaceful and authentically Portuguese village on the Western Algarve between the bustling city of Portimão and the historic town of Lagos.
Founded in 436 as a port, it was conquered and reconquered by various warring elements of ancient Portugal until being partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1755.
Since then the village has enjoyed a sleepy existence as a fishing port with the Ria de Alvor (estuary) still being home to dozens of tiny, working fishing boats.
Recent years has seen the village grow alongside its popularity but its essential charm remains and modern buildings are in keeping with its village feel. It benefits from two adjoining beautiful beaches: Praia de Alvor and Praia dos Tres Irmaos – both of which provide the perfect backdrop to a lazy day.
It is very rare you find someone in Alvor who is there for their first visit as most holiday-makers return year-after-year-after-year – testimony to the village’s enduring charms and each time you visit you’ll discover something new!
Quite simply, Alvor is a beautiful place to be. A peaceful fishing village built around the Algarve's most stunning church, it is home to incredible scenery and the most friendly, welcoming people you will find. If you only take one holiday - take it in Alvor!
Alvor is blessed with two gorgeous beaches:
Praia de Alvor and Praia dos Tres Irmaos.
Praia dos Tres Irmaos is home to the caves through which you cimb to find secluded sandy coves and even a rock-face cafe!
Praia de Alvor provides kilometres of beautiful golden sand, sunbed rental and views to Lagos.
Arguably, the jewel in Alvor's crown is its dining experience. With more than 30 restaurants within a 10 minute walk of the
apartments, you can experience traditional Portuguese 'cozinha' style, Chinese, Italian, Steak-House, Indian, Tapas and of course Fish!
Below are just some of the great dining venues - eating out in the village really is from Adega d'Alvor to Ze Morgadinho!
You’ll find no night-clubs, no stag or hen parties – night time in Alvor is dining in great restaurants, cocktails in street cafes and strolls along the water-front –
very relaxed, very sophisticated!
During the short stroll back to the condominium, stop for a night-cap at a café in Central Square where locals and holiday-makers sit side-by-side and enjoy the beauty of the little church.
At the end of the evening, a walk down to Ria de Alvor to watch the tiny boats gently bobbing in the calm waters never fails to delight no matter how many times you’ve witnessed this scene.
Shops such as Loja Limão, Força Portugal, Remember Me and Imagine Jewellery are all open until late giving you plenty of time to treat family and friends (or yourself!).
Fancy a cocktail? The perfect start to a sophisticated evening in the village, Alvor has cocktail bars all keeping up with the latest trends as well as offering their own creations!
Many of the village’s restaurants feature roof terrace dining which provide the opportunity for you to enjoy great food and watch the sun set over Ria de Alvor.
Alvor boast a number of bars where you can sit, enjoy a beer or a glass of Alentejano’s finest and simply watch the world go by – a great way to round off another perfect day.
In Portimão’s suburbs, this shoppers’ heaven opened just a few years ago. Brands you’ll recognise like Zara, H&M and Primark sit alongside exciting fashions from Bershka, Pull & Bear and Tiffosi. Just a 10 minute taxi ride from Albur Village.
Largo do Dique is a beautiful café-lined square in the heart of Portimão overlooking the river Arade and the small port. A great lunchtime destination which can be followed by a short walk into the bustling city centre. Just a 20 minute bus ride from the village.
Serra de Monchique is a mountain range separating the Algarve from the Alentejo disctrict. Its oaks and chestnut woods display glorious autumn colours. Fóia is the highest peak and on a clear day, its views stretch over the south coast of the Algarve. Around 45 minutes from Alvor.
As well as a daily market in the Arabian style market hall, Loulé is famous for its Saturday Gypsy market in Rua da nossa Senhora da Piedade and many of the excursion shops in the village offer trips. The coach journey is around an hour from Alvor.
Historic Lagos is a great day-out and the regular bus services take less than half-an-hour to get you there. Discover the winding streets of the old town or take in the views at the beautiful marina – however you choose to spend your time, Lagos is definitely worth a visit.
A number of companies offer trips to Silves, Lagos or Portimão as well as sunset coastal cruises. Fishing expeditions are also on offer with the opportunity for first-timers and experienced fishers to land Sea-Bass, Octopus and Squid. Just a 10 minute walk to book.
Alvor boasts the highest sky-dive in the Algarve! Suitable for novices and experienced jumpers, this is a fabulous day-out and an experience of a life-time. Afterwards, come back down to earth with lunch and a drink at the Sky Café.
With glorious summers and Europe’s mildest winters, the Algarve is a paradise for golfers and Alvor doesn’t disappoint!
Boasting eight courses within a 30 minute drive, two of which are on the outskirts of the village and a hire shop in the centre of Alvor , the keen golfer is spoilt for choice:
Alto Golf - founded 1991, 18 holes, Par 70, 4km from the centre of the village
Penina Championship - founded 1966, 18 holes, Par 73, 6km from Alvor centre
Morgado Golf - founded 2003, 18 holes, Par 73, 15km from the village
Alamos Golf - founded 2006, 18 holes, Par 71, 16km from the middle of Alvor
Gramacho Golf - founded 1992, 18 holes, Par 72, 16km from the village centre
Vale da Pinta - founded 1992, 18 holes, Par 71, 16km from Alvor
Silves Golf - founded 2007, 18 holes, Par 70, 25km from Alvor centre
Vale de Milho - founded 1990, 9 holes, Par 27, 21km from the middle of Alvor
Please note that this information is for general guidance only and we do not endorse or recommend any golf courses or clubs. Guests are advised to undertake their own research to determine the accuracy of information, appropriateness and suitability of any facility.