A Stunning Location
If you are looking for an idyllic holiday destination, Alvor is a great option.
Alvor is a truly stunning place. This beautiful village of just over 6,000 people sits on the edge of the estuary of the River Alvor. The sand is white and the water is crystal clear and a rich blue. Because it is in an estuary, the water is calm, so it can be enjoyed by everyone.
The riverfront has recently been remodelled. There is a beautiful path shaded by palm trees that runs between the estuary beach and the village.
The sea and another fantastic beach called Praia de Alvor are located within a few minutes’ walk of the village. It is never too crowded, even in the summer. The beach is lined with dunes, so is sheltered even on relatively windy days. On the other side of the estuary is a third beach called Meia Praia.
There is still an active fishing industry in the village. Every day you can see the boats coming in and out of the estuary so head to the local markets to buy fresh fish – literally pulled out of the sea that morning. Get there early though – They are often sold put by 10.30! Pick up some locally produced fruit, salad, jams and more.
The village has grown slowly since the 1960s, when tourist homes first began to be built. Because development has been gradual, the village has not been overwhelmed or spoilt by the new buildings.
The core of the traditional village still exists. It has beautiful cobbled streets lined with old houses, small shops and fantastic local bars and restaurants. However, there are also Chinese, Indian and Italian restaurants too, as well as Irish bars. Eating freshly barbecued fish overlooking the beach is also possible. Whatever your food tastes, Alvor will cater for you.
As well as a good range of shops, bars and restaurants, the village has a full sports complex. A day exploring the nearby historic town of Lagos is nice – take a boat trip, explore the caves. There is also a huge water park in nearby Lagoa and Zoomarina is close by and is another great day out.
You can hire bikes in the village. Fishing trips and boat trips to the caves are also great fun.
There really is something for everyone in Alvor. It is an idyllic village, which despite being quite small and compact offers lots to do.
One of the biggest attractions is the villages beaches. There are three within a few minutes of the village. Each beach has something slightly different to offer.
Alvor sits on the Alvor Estuary, which has a narrow but beautiful white sand beach. Behind this beach runs a path shaded by palm trees. The water off this beach is always calm because it is sheltered by both banks of the river’s estuary. On the other side of the es tuary is Meia Beach.
The Praia de Alvor is a few minutes away. This beach is sheltered by sand dunes and fronted by a beautiful gentle sea.
There are restaurants and bars on all beaches. Barbecued fresh fish is a local speciality. The fishing fleet that runs out of Alvor keeps the local food sellers supplied with fish, so the fish you are eating is literally right out of the sea.
Sports and Other Activities
If you enjoy sports and activities, you will love staying in Alvor. The village has a full sports complex including two hard tennis courts.
On the water, you can enjoy wake boarding, kite surfing, dingy and yacht sailing. Not far away you can go surfing or kayaking. From the harbour, you can take boat trips and fishing trips. Nearby, there is a huge water park.
Bikes are available for hire from the village. Not far away there is quad biking, organised hiking trips, mountain biking, horse riding, rock climbing, skydiving and helicopter tours. There are also several golf courses nearby. The famous Autodromo Algarve motorbike track, which hosts dozens of events, is only ten minutes away.
Eating and Drinking
You will never be far from a good meal in Alvor. Not only are there restaurants and bars on the beaches there are also several in the village itself. The choice is good with Italian, Chinese and Indian food being available as well as plenty of traditional Portuguese food.
If you are self-catering and fancy cooking at home there are plenty of shops to buy supplies from. You can even buy fish straight off the boat.