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 world!
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 specialties.
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