Alvor – Algarve

Transfer Time – 1 hour 10 minutes


Best for – Families and couples looking for a traditional resort



Alvor is a beautiful resort, once an historical port, the resort is now a thriving holiday destination, extremely popular with British holiday makers, a great resort full of historical sights and superb sandy beaches, just a little bit of heaven on the wonderful coast of Portugal.


The stunning beach in Alvor is over 4 miles of soft golden sand, shelving into crystal clear water and looking out over a beautiful natural lagoon. Alvor beach is rarely crowded, even during high season and has ample sun loungers and parasols for hire, so you won’t have any problem finding that spot in the sun.  The beach has a good selection of bars, cafes and restaurants to get a cool drink or a spot of lunch.  For the more energetic, there is a great selection of water sports for hire, including jet skis, pedal boats, water skiing and banana rides, to name a few. And diving and snorkelling is always a great way to spend a few hours, the lagoon is simply out of this world.  If sun bathing is not your thing, there is horse riding, tennis, cycling and boat trips are a great way of exploring too.


Night life in Alvor is fairly relaxed, wander around the ancient cobbled streets, sit alongside the harbour and enjoy a cool drink while you watch the world go by, or take in one of the evening entertainments put on by the bars.  Eating out is a pleasure in Alvor, with a great selection of local restaurants serving locally produced meat, fish and vegetables and more international themed restaurants and a good selection of fast food too.  If you want something livelier, Praia Da Rocha is a short taxi away and they have a larger choice of bars, discos and even a casino, so you can dance or gamble the night away.


Alvor is well situated from exploring the surrounding towns and resorts, families love the marine Park with dolphin shows and sea lion shows.  Or maybe take a day out to the Aqua Park, one of the best in Europe, with many chutes and flumes to entertain the young and young at heart. For the culture vultures, Portugal has many amazing sights to see, nearby Lagos is popular with ancient churches, ruins and museums. Golfers are well catered for too, with over 30 championship courses on the Algarve, you can have your pick of greens to improve your handicap.


Joanna Baker

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23 years and counting which included 2 years YTS with Team Travel, 3 years in Crete as a rep for LTS/Sunworld. 11 years in Lincoln/TUI (6 years self-employed), 8 years with Low Cost Sunshine

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