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Alvor in the Portuguese Algarve

The old port and fishing village of Alvor is located at the mouth of the Alvor River in the western Algarve. Just 5 miles from Portimao, 12 miles from Lagos and approximately 40 miles from Faro, Alvor is popular with families and couples looking for a quiet resort with uncrowded beaches. The resort is slightly less developed than other resorts in the Algarve, mixing old with new. The narrow cobbled streets are lined with traditional original fisherman’s huts, which are a focal point of the town. Alvor has a lot to offer everyone on a cheap holiday in Portugal, including a long sandy beach, a fishing port, a riverside square, a promenade, the ruins of a 13th-century castle and a 15th-century church. XVI. Portimao and Praia da Rocha can be easily reached by bus which runs from Alvor to both resorts.

Alvor has a magnificent 4-mile stretch of sandy beach that has good facilities and is less crowded than other Algarve beaches. A variety of water sports are available at Alvor beach. There are many beaches to visit between Alvor and Portimao, including the beautiful Praia da Rocha beach. If you are looking for more secluded beaches, there is the beautiful cove of Praia dos Tres Irmaos, which is located below the red cliffs, the quiet beach of Praia do Vau and the small cove of Prainha.

Away from the beach, there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy including golf, horse riding and the local water park to name just a few of the activities on offer. Alvor’s climate allows playing golf in seasons of 2 months. Often referred to as ‘golfers’ paradise’, there are over 30 world-class golf courses in and around Alvor. There are several riding centers around Alvor offering lessons for beginners and experienced riders.

Alvor is a popular destination for walkers and hikers, especially for holidays in December when the sun is still shining and temperatures are just right for exploring the surrounding area. Walkers can enjoy views of the estuary while taking leisurely strolls along the river, strolling along the sandy beach, or exploring the surrounding towns and villages of the resort. Nature lovers should visit the Quinta da Rocha nature reserve, which is an important site for wading birds. There are some great excursions that the whole family will enjoy on their direct vacation, including the caves and grottoes of Joao de Areus and the quaint little town of Abidaca. Other excursions include the Monchique Mountains, Silves Castle, historic Lagos, Cape Saint Vincent, and the town of Loulé. Boat trips from Portimao and Praia da Rocha are also very popular with families on holiday in Portugal. A great day out for the whole family is a trip to one of the area’s water parks where kids and adults alike can enjoy the pools and water slides before relaxing in the parks’ restaurants, cafes and bars.

Due to the good weather throughout the year, cycling is very popular in Alvor, especially among those who enjoy their winter sun holidays. The quiet streets and flat landscape make biking very pleasant and an easy way to explore the surrounding area.

Nightlife in Alvor is relatively quiet with a nightclub and a few bars. Those looking for more lively nightlife can take a short trip to the neighboring resorts of Portimao and Praia da Rocha, which also has a casino.

Alvor hosts many different events throughout the year, including golf tournaments, cycling events, powerboat races, and festivals and exhibitions for music and art lovers.

From May to October, Alvor enjoys bright blue skies and average temperatures of around 20 degrees. With 12 hours of sunshine per day during the summer season and 5 hours of sunshine per day in winter, Alvor is not only the perfect choice for a summer beach holiday, but also for a winter sun holiday.

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