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Tucked away between the larger resorts of Portimão and Lagos, the little town of Alvor sits on the banks of the Ria de Alvor (Alvor Estuary), as it has done for millennia. A fishing village sprung up within this natural harbour during Roman times, and despite recent development to accommodate visitors, Alvor maintains much of its original charm. There is an old quarter which is a joy to roam through. The tantalizing aroma of grilled fish wafts persistently through its narrow streets. You will not find fresher or tastier seafood in the Algarve. As various civilizations have come and gone, Alvor has been known by a plethora of different names throughout the centuries. The Romans called it Portus Hannibalis. The town later acquired the name Albur by the Moors who developed Alvor into a thriving port. Remnants of conflicts between the Moors and Christians can still be seen in the guise of ancient ramparts and a medieval castle. The commercialisation of Alvor remains subtle and the town retains much of the charm of a picturesque fishing village yet has all the amenities you would ever need for a memorable family holiday.


Alvor River Front

|  Alvor River Front

Low-rise white fishermen's houses line the narrow cobbled streets of the old town. Here you'll find several restaurants, cafés, minimarkets and souvenir shops. The street leads down the attractive riverfront (ribeirinha), where many traditional fishing boats moored up. Here you'll find the old fish market, a source of a vast array of different species. The market has become a focal point and hosts different events in the evenings. Here too, along the palm-lined riverside, are more eateries tempting you with the aromas of chargrilled fish with idyllic views over the estuary.

Parque Infantil do Castelo

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 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.

Going Out

The resort of Alvor is generally considered family-friendly, and it offers a more tempered experience than the larger resorts found in the Algarve. With that being said, there is an abundance of choices for bars, restaurants, and clubs that will certainly keep you entertained. The nightlife is located on the harbourside and in the offshoot narrow roads. Many 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.

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Alvor Nightlife

|  Rua Doutor Frederico Ramos Mendes


Alcalar Necropolis

|  Tholos 7, Alcalar Necropolis

For Neolithic people, 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 parallel with that of the early Egyptian dynasties during the same period. The site became 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

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

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Praia dos Três Irmãos

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

Praia de Alvor

|  Praia de Alvor

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Pestana Alvor Park Hotel

Pestana Alvor Park Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★

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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Clube Alvor Ria

Clube Alvor Ria

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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Alvor Camping

Alvor Camping

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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Restaurante Chef João

Restaurante Chef João

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

República dos Petiscos by Algarve and Company

República dos Petiscos by Algarve and Company

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 |



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 Website


Get on A22 from N125-10, IC4 and N125-4, follow A22 to EM531-1 in Alvor. Take exit 4 from A22.
Latitude - 37º 07" 52.5' | Longitude - 08º 35" 40.3'


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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:
• Lagos - Vila Real de Santo António line: Timetable | Website

• 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
• Rede Expressos operates countrywide services: Website