At the mouth of the Alvor estuary, flanked by a lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, nestles one of the most charming resorts on the western Algarve. In the delightful village of Alvor, you can unwind on the golden beaches, explore the secluded coves or conquer some of the best Atlantic waves on your surfboard.
Relaxation is a way of life in this quiet part of Portugal, and with a vast beach sporting plenty of sunbeds and a couple of laidback restaurants just a short stroll from the village, it's easy to see why.
There are several other beaches nearby that are well worth a visit though - either by shuttle bus, taxi or hire car. Praia dos Tres Irmaos, for example, is a dramatic sight with imposing rock formations (the “Three Brothers”) overlooking the golden sand.
Exquisite beaches are not the only attraction of Alvor holidays, however. Kayaking and golf are two of the main leisure activities for visitors and locals alike, while the joy of simply taking a romantic stroll through the meandering streets and discovering its many enchanting restaurants is a must.
Traditional and modern European dishes can be tasted at eateries hidden among the cute fishermen's cottages, interesting shops and beautiful churches.
And once the sun has set, take your pick between the quiet, intimate bars and the livelier nightspots where you can end the day with a dance.
Alvor holidays can also be made that little bit more memorable by exploring the surrounding area. Car hire is inexpensive, as are taxis. A taxi from Faro Airport (FAO) will cost about 60 euros.
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Summers are long and hot with the average temperature around a very agreeable 25C, and the thermometer occasionally hitting 30C plus. Winters are fairly mild with little rainfall, but out-of-season travellers are advised to dress appropriately as temperatures can drop to near freezing during the night.
New Year; January: The whole of the Algarve coast is lit up with a firework display to rival anywhere in Europe. And there can be fewer better places from which to admire this spectacle than the Alvor harbour.
Carnival; February/March: Carnival time is perfect for family holidays in Alvor. The streets are taken over by parades and parties, with much of the fun and games designed for children.
Liberation Day; April 25: Alvor makes a colourful contribution to this national celebration. Homes, restaurants and bars all roll out the bunting and the flags to create a vibrant party atmosphere.
Best of Alvor holidays for...
Family beach fun: Shallow waters and soft sand make this Blue Flag beach a perfect playground for children of all ages.
Couples: Romance fills the air in Alvor, where most restaurants offer a view of the sun setting over the water beyond.
Water sports: The Alvor estuary is ideal for kite surfing, windsurfing and boarding - and it's a particularly safe spot for beginners.