Alvor, Algarve, Portugal
Brimming with character, many holidaymakers are attracted to this picturesque former fishing village of Alvor. Traditional narrow, cobbled streets mark out the centre, which is filled with bars and restaurants, while the main beach offers a lovely escape from it all. Alvor’s shore is one long stretch of sand divided up into two popular beaches, split in half by the estuary. At the western side lies Praia de Alvor and at the eastern side lies Praia dos Tres Irmaso. Both beaches are backed by rolling sand dunes with numerous walkways and boardwalks that stretch for miles, great for walking or cycling while you take in the wonderful natural scenery.
The sand dunes connect the beaches to Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve and its lagoon, where you can see many different species of birds and other wildlife. The boardwalks allow you to walk to the cliffs at Quinta da Rocha and inland along the Alvor River towards the village of Mexilhoeira Grande.
The water of the lagoon is great for water sports and there’s a kitesurfing centre there, but if you just want to put your feet up on a sun lounger the beaches are well equipped. You can lie back and enjoy views of the Atlantic, hire a pedalo or watch thrill-seekers sailing and windsurfing from a shoreline restaurant.
Alvor is a top location for keen golfers and there’s a nice selection of courses to choose from. Penina Golf 18-hole championship course is challenging, yet satisfying and beautiful. Alternatively, there’s the 18-hole Alto Golf Course, set in beautifully landscaped gardens. Onyria Palmares Golf Course has 27 holes with a parkland feel with hills and valleys, as well as views over the sand dunes at Alvor.
Transfer from Faro airport approx. 1 hour 30 mins.