The beloved fishing village of Alvor is nowadays
an important tourist center. A fishing village with plenty of good
contradictions - simultaneously calm and edgy, Alvor is never boring because there
is always what to do and where to go to!
Alvor is memorable both in summertime for its
beautiful beaches, and during wintertime for its extensive boardwalk with
several km, where it is possible while you’re taking a walk or having a morning
jog to look at the Alvor’s Beach diverse fauna and flora.
The estuary in Alvor is also famous for its
clams, razor clams and cockles that are key ingredients in the gourmet dishes
in this village.
Another “must see” is the previously known as the
Albur Castle. Alvor Castle is nowadays a playground that has been restored
during the reign of King Dinis, and that dates back to the eight century.
To our visitors here’s also a challenge: to find the two main existent
marabouts in Alvor and to visit the Divino Salvador Church.
There are three beaches worth mentioning in
Alvor: the Alvor Beach, the Três Irmãos Beach and the Prainha. The first two
beaches mentioned are widely known due to the practice of water sports and the
Prainha for its soft, white sand, and calm and clear waters, and additionally
for being a “drop-dead” gorgeous bay with a stunning landscape. We believe, if
we might add, that Prainha is probably one of the most beautiful beaches in the
In front of the estuary in Alvor you will find
the Clube Naval D.João II School that will provide all the necessary
equipment to whosever interested in sailing, doing stand up paddle or to
canoe; but if you rather more extreme sports, such as skydiving, close by
there’s a skydiving center.
When it comes to the local cuisine and to bars
and cafes, you have a long and wide range choice from Indian, Italian, Chinese…
and of course, traditional Portuguese food with several fish and shellfish
The most “in” places though are at the known as
“Bars Lane” – “Rua dos Bares” (in Portuguese), where after a beautiful sunny
day at the beach, while holding a nice glass of wine in your hand, you can
enjoy to the sound of really good live music. Or you can do karaoke, or simply
have a pleasant chat with friends.