"Old fishing village" Top 5 Page for this destination Alvor by ChrisnJan

Alvor Travel Guide: 131 reviews and 373 photos

This was our first destination in The Algarve and it has remained our favourite. We came here in February and the weather was quite mild, we even sat on the beach one day. The beaches are superb and a walk along the coast will reward you with some fantastic scenery. As well as Alvor beach itself, there are some lovely golden stretches of sand towards Portimao, most notably the small cove of Praia dos Tres Irmaos with its magnificent red cliffs. Further east are the deserted caves and grottoes at Joao de Areus and the quiet, secluded beach of Praia do Vau nearby. Nearby.

The Village

The village itself is a maze of cobbled streets and shadey little squares with lots of lovely bars and cafe's. The originally 16th Century Parish Church was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755 and still has a good example in its main doorway of the craftsmanship of the Manueline era of architecture. The small village of Abidaca, situated on a slope to the east of Alvor, has traces of a Roman settlement. There are quite a few british ex-pats here but that does not seem to have an affect on the village.

The Food

The restaurants here are excellent; the quality of the food is way above anywhere else in The Algarve. Make sure you sample the fresh fish, especially the sardines. We ate in a different restaurant every night and were not disappointed once, weather it's the food, the impeccable service or just the decor and restaurant itself, I cannot a think of a single thing to grumble about. Unfortunately our visit here was back in the days before I started to take notice of details so I can't actually remember the names of any restaurants that we visited.

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  • Pros:The food, the scenery and the people
  • In a nutshell:Top of our list for retirement villa
  • Last visit to Alvor: Feb 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Balam's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:00 AM

    I like you Alvor page, good pics and tips, Would like to see some more.

  • Jan 6, 2008 at 12:46 AM

    Wow! That beach is stunning! Yep, I definitely thing Portugal is on the list for a holiday VERy soon! :)) Love the intro pic here too!


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