The old port and fishing village of Alvor is located at the mouth of the Alvor River in the Western Algarve. Just 5 miles from Portimao, 12 miles from Lagos and about 40 miles from Faro, Alvor is popular with families and couples looking for a quiet resort with uncrowded beaches. The resort is less developed than other resorts on the Algarve, and mixes old and new. The narrow cobbled streets are lined with traditional hunters’ huts that are a focal point of the city. Alvor has a lot to offer everyone on their cheap holidays to Portugal, including its vast sandy beach, fishing harbor, riverside square, waterfront promenade, ruins of a 13th-century castle and a 16th-century church. Portimao and Praia da Rocha are easily reached by bus from Alvor to both products.
Alvor has a gorgeous 4-mile sandy beach that has good facilities and less crowded than other Algarve beaches. A variety of water sports are available on the beach in Alvor. There are many beaches to visit between Alvor and Portimao, including the beautiful beach in Praia da Rocha. If you are looking for more secluded beaches, there is the beautiful Praia dos Tres Airmuse bay located under the red cliffs, the quiet Praia do Vau Beach and the small cave of Braineha Beach.
Away from the beach, there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy including golf, horse riding and the local water park just to name a few. Alvor’s climate makes it possible to play golf in two seasons. Often referred to as the “golfer’s paradise”, there are more than 30 first-class golf courses in and around Alvor. There are many horse riding centers around Alvor that offer lessons for beginners and experienced riders.
Alvor is a popular destination with pedestrians and hikers, especially for holidays in December when the sun is still shining and temperatures are right to explore the surrounding area. Pedestrians can enjoy stunning views across the estuary where they leisurely stroll along the river, stroll along the sandy beach, or explore the cities and villages surrounding the resort. Nature lovers should visit the Quinta da Rocha Nature Reserve, which is an important place for bird wading. There are some great excursions that the whole family will enjoy on their direct vacation, including the Caves and Caves of Joao de Arios and the attractive small village of Abidaka. Other excursions include the Monchique Mountains, Silves Castle, historic Lagos, Cape St Vincent and the town of Loule. Boat trips from Portimao and Praia da Rocha are also very popular with families on their holidays to Portugal. A wonderful day for the whole family is a trip to one of the water parks in the areas where children and adults alike can enjoy swimming pools and water slides before relaxing in restaurants, cafes and bars in the parks.
Because of the good weather all year round, cycling is very popular in Alvor, especially with those spending their winter winter holidays. Quiet roads and flat landscapes make cycling very enjoyable and an easy way to explore the surrounding area.
Alvor nightlife is relatively quiet with disco and some bars. Those looking for a more vibrant nightlife can take a short trip to the neighboring resorts of Portimao and Praia da Rocha that also have a casino.
Alvor hosts many different events throughout the year including golf tournaments, cycling events, speedboat racing, festivals and exhibitions for music and art lovers.
From May to October, Alvor has a bright blue sky and average temperatures in the mid-twenties. With 12 hours of sunlight per day during the summer season and 5 hours of sunshine per day in winter, Alvor is not only the perfect choice for a summer vacation at the beach, but also for winter sun holidays.