Low rise white fishermen's houses line the narrow cobbled streets of the old town. It's here you'll find a number of restaurants, cafés, minimarkets and souvenir shops. The street leads down the attractive riverfront (ribeirinha) where many traditional fishing boats are moored. It's here you'll find the old fish market a great source of a vast range of different varieties. The market itself has become a focal point where different events are held in the evenings. Here too along the palm-lined riverside are more eateries tempting you with the aromas of chargrilled fish and idyllic views over the estuary.
This tranquil park in the centre of town disguises a turbulent history. There has been a defensive structure on this spot since the iron age. It has seen conflicts that have involved the ancient Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians. Hannibal himself conquered the site in 436 AD and named the fort Portus Annibalis. Following subsequent invasions, the Castle was rebuilt many times, by the Romans, Moors and the first Kings of Portugal. However, it was the earthquake of 1755 that finally destroyed the structure. Today only one turret and two lengths of the wall remain intact.
As a whole Alvor is a family-friendly resort and more restrained than the larger resorts in the Algarve. That said, there's still a great choice of bars, restaurants and clubs to keep you entertained. The nightlife can be found on the harbourside and on the offshoot narrow roads. Many of the restaurants here have terraces that encroach onto the pavements and make great places to spend sunset. As everywhere in Portugal, children are most welcome and catered for in restaurants. Some bars have happy hours or special offers to entice returning custom. There's also the obligatory Irish Bars, (Paddy's Bar being the most popular) and sports bars too.
For the Neolithic peoples, the Algarve afforded abundant game, fish, and shellfish. The numerous inlets and river systems provided various raw materials such as sandstone, limestone, schist, and wood for buildings, copper and minerals and plentiful water-based resources.
The Alcalar Necropolis is the most significant Neolithic site in the Algarve region and is a collection of 17 monuments. The many dolmens and passage tombs at Alcalar indicates a conscious relationship with the dead. There is also evidence of rituals during the solstices and equinoxes.
The size and sophistication of Monument seven, the massive cairn in the centre of the site, suggests that elite members of the tribe received special funerary rites and honours, a practice which parallels that of the early Egyptian dynasties during the same period. The site was designated as a National Monument on the 16th of June 1910. The site complex enjoys an excellent information and study centre that provides an in-depth insight into the human occupation of the area, art and architecture, funeral rites and religious practices, daily life, and technology.
High Season: 09h30 – 12h30/14h00h - 18h00, Low Season: 14h00h - 17h00, Mondays: CLOSED
Adult: €2.00, Concessionary: FREE
Sítio de Alcalar, 8500-120, Mexilhoeira Grande, Portugal. | 37° 11' 56.9" N | 08° 35' 17.1" W
Praia de Alvor lies at the western end of the long stretch of open sand. Rolling dunes divide the beach from the salt marshes and lagoon formed by the Alvor river. The wide expanse of sand is ideal for beach games such as volleyball, kite-flying or frisbee or just to pitch your beach towel and soak up the rays. Sun loungers and sunshades are available for rent although in front of some hotels are reserved for residents only. There are also lots of water sports available such as pedaloes, sailing and windsurfing. Two restaurants are at hand for lunches and refreshments whilst ample shaded car parking is at your disposal. Lifeguards and safety flags are used during the high season. | 37° 07' 21.5" N | 08° 35' 59.9" W
Praia dos Três Irmãos lies on the eastern side of Praia de Alvor so named after the three outcrops of rock known as the three brothers. Other than their rugged beauty the cliffs here offer more shelter from off sea breezes than the open sands of the Praia de Alvor. As with Praia de Alvor, the Praia dos Três Irmãos has ample parking with easy access and patrolled by lifeguards during the summer. | 37° 07' 04.3" N | 08° 34' 45.6" W
A 4-star apartment-hotel that is fully equipped to receive you and your family for a comfortable stay for a few days, a few weeks or even a few months. With an incredible view and the beach only a few minutes away. Here you can have your own apartment facing the sea, with a fully equipped kitchenette to prepare all your meals. The supermarket is just a few minutes away from this apartment-hotel, and it has everything you need to stock your fridge and spend the rest of your days resting, without worrying about lunch. If you have small children, this is the place for you. The gardens are large and spacious enough for them to play freely, and the enclosed area offers you maximum security. The swimming pools are also separate, with a shallow and safe kids zone for your children to splash around. The indoor swimming pool also delights the little ones.
Adega Quinta Do Ribeiro, Alvor, Portimao 8501-904, Portugal.
37º 07" 36.8' N | 08º 35"03.6' W
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Located on the riverfront yet only five minutes from the beach and a short stroll from the town with it's cafés, bars and restaurants. Each apartment comes with a balcony that either looks the pool or river. Clean, modern and spacious living space that includes a dinning area. The kitchen areas are fully equipped including a dishwaser, microwave and washing machine. The rooms also come with, WiFi cable TV, DVD and CD player, sun loungers and tables on patio.
Clube Alvor Ria, Alvor, Portimao 8500, Portugal.
37º 07" 49.8' N | 08º 35" 36.6' W
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A large campsite with great facilities on the edge of town. There are pitches for caravans and camping-cars but our campers are also free to park their caravan / camping-car or camp where they like, with a good coverage of electricity points throughout the site. Chalets comes with a sofa, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a well-fitted kitchenette with a dining area, and a private bathroom with free toiletries. For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge.Amenities include: Swimming pool, Free WI-FI, Laundry, Pet Wash, Baby Care and Baby bathtubs, Playground, Restaurant, Snack Bar, Mini Market and Community Barbecues.
Parque Campismo de Alvor, Rua Serpa Pinto, 8500-053, Alvor, Portimão, Portugal. | 37º 08" 25.4' N | 08º 35" 25.1' W
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This unpretentious eatery has a homely friendly atmosphere where simple wholesome fish and meat dishes are cooked on a chargrill by chef João himself. His wife Suzanna makes the the perfect host. As the establishment is quite small it's advised to book during peak season.
Daily: 12h00 – 15h00/18h00 – 23h00
Rua Marques Pombal 37, Alvor, Portimao 8500, Portugal.
37º 07" 45.6' N | 08º 35"38.6' W | +351 282 457 077
A wonderful tapas bar, restaurant and deli where you can sample local regional delicacies such as cheeses, 'Monchique chouriço', fish, almond, carob & fig sweets, bread, craft beers, liquors (free tasting) and gourmet cans.
Monday: 18h00 – 23h30, Tuesday – Saturday: 12h00 – 23h30, Sunday: 18h00 – 23h00
Praca da Republica, N09, Alvor, Portimao 8500-005, Portugal.
37º 08' 22.3" N | 08º 32' 37.0" W
+351 929 206 311 | email@example.com
This converted fisherman's cottage close to the harbour is a great family friendly restaurant and pizzeria offers a range of dishes to please most people from traditional Portuguese fish dishes, Italian dishes and Pizzas at reasonable prices.
Daily: 11h00 – 23h00
Rua Frederico Ramos Mendes 65, Alvor, Portimão 8500, Portugal.
37º 07' 48.8" N | 08º 35' 43.9" W | +351 282 458 627
Only 67km (41.6 miles) west of Faro Airport
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Get on A22 from N125-10, IC4 and N125-4, follow A22 to EM531-1 in Alvor. Take exit 4 from A22.
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Alvor doesn't have it's own train station, alight at Portimão and then take the bus to Alvor. Regional train services (comboios regionais) run from Lagos in the west to Vila Real de Santo António on Portugal's eastern border:
• Eva Transportes run services across the Algarve linking the main resorts and towns, as well as a hostess service to Lisbon. Also worth considering are their tourist passes if you're planing to visit different places: Website