Alvor has a long stretch of golden sands, authentic Portuguese culture and a bustling harbour, making it the ideal choice of Portugal holiday destination in 2020. Unlike many other popular resorts, Alvor has kept much of its authentic identity and still offers a quaint charm, embodied in its winding cobbled streets and traditional boutiques. Whether you’re looking to sunbathe on the sand or explore the hidden coves on the coastline, Alvor has it all when it comes to beach holidays. With scenic surroundings and a number of historic landmarks close by, Alvor is also a good pick for a more cultural holiday, while the nearby theme parks keep your kids entertained on family holidays. All in all, Alvor has the perfect blend of tradition, scenic beauty and world class attractions that guarantee a brilliant holiday for couples, families and groups of friends.
Your guide to Alvor holidays
Alvor’s heritage stretches all the way back to the Middles Ages, bringing a cultured vibe to the town. There are plenty of attractions in Alvor and the surrounding area, whether you’re visiting as a family, by yourself or with a group of friends. For a romantic outing with your significant other, try taking a stroll along Alvor Boardwalk for scenic views and spotting coastal birds. Some of the best attractions in Alvor are historic landmarks such as the picturesque Church of Divino Salvador and Church of Misericordia of Alvor, giving you an insight into the rich tapestry of faith here. There are a number of well maintained golf courses across Alvor, so golf fans can tee off in scenic surroundings, while you can drop your kids off at one of the local kids’ clubs if you’re planning a quiet day out with your partner. If you head over to close by Lagos, you’ll find the captivating Igreja de Santo Antonion, a spectacular golden church with incredibly ornate wood carvings and symbolic religious artwork, perfect if you’re a fan of history or photography. A little further away at Seville, you’ll find a number of attractions fitting its alternate title, ‘The Golden City of Culture’.
Alvor is a stunningly beautiful location with wonderful beaches, giving you no shortage of options when it comes to sun, sea and sand. There are a couple of lovely beaches in Alvor, Praia dos Tres Irmaos and Praia de Alvor. In reality, the two beaches comprise of one long stretch of sand, with a number of sand dunes at the rear of the beach that lead to the lagoon of the Alvor River. This area is great for things to do, such as surfing, kitesurfing and cycling along the sands. Praia de Alvor is situated at the west end of the beach and has a long, open stretch of sand, ideal for outdoor sports such as frisbee and volleyball. Here you’ll find two restaurants, one at the main entrance and another situated a little further along the sand, just in case you’re getting thirsty or hungry as you make your way along the beach. There are plenty of sun loungers and parasols to rent here, keeping you comfortable on the beach, as well as water sports facilities for sailing, windsurfing and pedaloeing. At Praia dos Tres Irmaos, or Three Brothers Beach, you’ll find some spectacular rock formations jutting out of the sand, great for those that prefer to explore the beach and prefer a more shaded area.