The pretty village of Alvor sits in a sheltered estuary midway
along the curving coastline of the Bay of Lagos. It was founded
well before the time of Christ, probably used by the seafaring Carthaginians.
It is a haven now for local fishermen and of late, even more so
for holidaymakers who mingle in narrow streets leading down to the
The village itself is a maze of cobbled streets and a 16th-century
parish church with a fine Manueline portal featuring a round arch
and abstract floral motifs.
Nearby. The small village of Abidaca, situated on a slope to the
east of Alvor, has traces of a Roman settlement. Further east, the
bustling fishing port of Portimão has many good restaurants
and plenty of night-life.
The main Alvor Beach known as Torralta runs for 4½
miles; it is wide, sandy, straight, backed by dunes and has plenty
of facilities. Tres Irmaos Beach, farther East, is mostly
backed by cliffs with huge rocks scattered along the shoreline;
it has basic facilities like sunbeds, parasols, restaurant and bar.
Farther East still, Prainha Beach is in a small cove with
access only via Prainha complex. They provide all beach facilities
so it can be expensive for non-residents. Beyond that, and well
on the way to Praia da Rocha, Vau Beach is also in a cove
and backed by cliffs, with bar, restaurant, sunbeds and sun shades.
Located in the cente of Alvor. Extended menu with portuguese and
International dishes. Charcoal grilled fish and meat. Cosy patio
at the back and roof terrace with harbour view.
The Fishermans rest has one of the best positions in Alvor
and is long established. It is at the bottom of the street leading
down to the old fish market, almost at waters edge. If you sit outside
you can watch the catch of the day being grilled to a turn. Fresh
fish evey day - you may even see it being landed!
Restaurant Por do Sol
Some restuatrants are classics - this is one of them. It
is elegant, professional with a mouthwatering internatioal menu.
Easy to find on the inalnd side of the main Alvor to Portimao road,
just a few mnutes from Alvor. Favourites on the menu are chateaubriand
steak, rack of lamb with herbs, tournedos and peppered steaks plus
casseroled chicken. There is a flambe trolley for speciality deserts.
Situated down by the harbour, Hellmans overlooks the unique scenery
of Alvor Bay. Fish and seafood specialities with years of experience.
The menu is well balanced between Portuguese and International dishes.
Fish and seafood include Alvor Clams, gratinated lobster, cataplanas
(fish stew), seafood platter, grilled tiger prawns and monkfish
with caper sauce. A pleasant eveing in an unforgettable ambience.
Water sports. Slide and Splash Aquapark. Golf. Horse riding at
Centro Hipico de Belmonte in Portimao.
a look at the 16the century Alvor Parish Church, note in
particular the main doorway. It is an example of the Manuueline
style of oprnmental architecture which reflected the wealth of exuberance
that prevailed in Portugal at the time of the late 15th century
A great place to sit and "people watch" is down
by Alvor's tiny fish market
Archaeological buffs will want to see the neolithic burial site
at Alcalar. Drive to the N125, take the first turning on the
right-hand side of the road going towards Lagos, opposite the Meridian
Penina Hotel. park at the little village 4km along this road and
walk as signposted on the right to the fenced dolmen, which is perhaps
4500 years old.
Drive past Alcalar to the Monchique Hills and taste the
Monchique spring water. Visit the pictureseque Spa Village of Caldas
de Monchique and visit a vantage point to take in panoramic views
of the Algarve coastline.
Nature Lovers should visit the marshalnd,
saltpans and mudflats of the Alvor Estuary. Birdwatchers
are almost sure to see the Black winged stilts, kentish Plover and
other waders. This is also Stone Curlew territory. Little Terns,
Yellow Wagtails and Short Toed Larks breed here. The sea wall is
a good vantage point.
Alvor Nightlife: There is a range of bars
in Alvor but for greater choice try Praia da Rocha and Portimao
for discos, bars and casino.
There are a few shops for the size of the area; many on-site souvenir
shops and supermarkets. Neaerby Portimao has three large supermarkets
selling international groceries. There is also a market in Portimao
first Monday of each month, and a market in Alvor second Tuesday of