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A Small Fishing Village

Alvor is a small fishing village which is quickly being overcome with large hotels but despite the tourism growth it has been facing, you can still watch fishermen bring in their daily catch down at the old quay but now there is also a new marina and numerous up-to-date tourist facilities.

Ria de Alvor, one of the most important humid areas of the south of Portugal, is a natural sanctuary that deserves preservation and respect. This sensitive area of Portimão it’s used by migratory birds (like the capped heron, the long-billed tern, the falcon and the white stork) as a passing-through, rest and feeding location.

Probably the Carthaginians founded Alvor and its history is interesting. It is said by some that it was really the site of "Portus Hannibalis". The Romans gave it the name Ipses and it was considered an important port and was allowed to issue its own money. Its richness is confirmed by the ruins of a rich Roman villa located slightly inland from the now village. In the time of the Moors who first occupied the place in 716, they gave it the named of "Albur" and the town passed through both the Portuguese and Moors hands several times until 1250 when the Christians conquered it for the final time. King Dom João II, who is regarded as an outstanding Portuguese king, is recorded as dying in 1495 within the town walls from a prolonged illness. Most of the original town has been destroyed in the earthquakes of 1532 and 1755.

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Fishing

Fishing is still alive in the village with a new fish market having been built a short walk down the promenade although the old fish market is still a place were the Old fisher men gather and some still sit and clean their catch there
you can still watch fishermen bring in their daily catch down at the old quay but now there is also a new marina and numerous up-to-date tourist facilities. The narrow streets of the old village have many attractive restaurants and, as expected in the land of fishermen, fish is the speciality dish.

Video of Alvor fishermen cleaning their catch

Restaurants

Alvor's narrow streets of the old village have many attractive restaurants from traditional village food to Indian food.

In the Picture the building at the end of the street is the old Fish Market and as expected in the land of fishermen, fish is the speciality dish.

Video of a walk down Alvors main st to the old fish Market

I have moved my Food, recipe and other general tips to my new Algarve page's

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Large beach nearby, lots of places to eat and drink.
  • Cons:It is quite hilly.
  • In a nutshell:A Picturesque Village with friendly people
  • Last visit to Alvor: Nov 2008
  • Intro Updated Oct 27, 2011
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  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    I don't remember if I visited Alvor. Good page.
    Ciao!

  • Myfanwe's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Love the pic of the gardens, heron & stork xx

  • Jun 24, 2011 at 4:30 AM

    Certainly is a nice place. We have been many times over the years and will try your recommendations when there in august.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    I agree about the Gypsies...same here....

  • casa365's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    Buganvillia. Tried this restaurant last week 20/06/10 , fantastic, could not rate it highly enough.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Such a nice town in spite of the pesky tourists and development. YOu did a very nice job of taking the pictures and making meaningful comments

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Nice page! I guess I am naive because I had no idea other countries also celebrated Halloween! Love to spend a few weeks in a great place like this by the sea! Thanks again for the postcard!! Sylvia

  • Sep 1, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    hello , im off to alvor in a couple of weeks, i last visited about 5 years ago, are there still live music bars?

  • slitty_tulip's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    great pages on Alvor and Portugal, Thanks

  • Jan 17, 2009 at 5:52 AM

    had some very nice meals in your resturant. i have got some photos can i upload them?

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