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Alvor

Alvor Algarve, Portugal sits on the western side, once just a small fishing village a hidden gem that few had heard about. Nowadays Alvor has become one of the favorite with tourists, still keeping its charm, and remains un-spoilt.  Any new buildings which increase the size of Alvor must be kept to minimum height, as not to blot the landscape. No amount of building can take away the original un-spoilt cobblestone roads that lead down to the harbour. If wanting to buy fresh fish it can be possible directly from the fishermen as they pull their boats in down by the lifeboat station,(fisherman’s beach) with the waterfront being the main attraction for sailing boat on  the River Rio  before it joins the Atlantic ocean getting the best of both worlds,with the bay and the marina. Like much of the Algarve EU funding was spent on bringing the Algarve up to modern day standards, including disabled access to most places. With much of Alvor seeing these improvements even down to the new fishing huts where fishermen can often be seen repairing their nets. The Palm tree lined walkway with restaurants and bars are the perfect place to enjoy the fresh barbecued fish while soaking up the atmosphere. Further along is the golden sandy beach with small coves, be aware of the new warning signs as  many parts of the Algarve saw rock falls in 2010-16, with fatalities, all manned beaches will fly a color flag please pay attention to the colored flag before entering the waters. More info Most famously noted is the earthquake of 1755 which destroyed much of Portugal.


One of Alvors colourful backstreetsAlvor front fishermans beach with resturantsAlvor waterfront veiw with sailing boats

Alvor has kept it’s layout with back street lanes with many low roof houses, some with traditional decorated parapet walls.

 The town attracts many cultures; its many restaurants reflect this. Eating out it has something for everyone; even bars vary from English, Irish to traditional Portuguese. Yet despite this, Alvor does not have an uncomfortable feel of a tourist resort, more of a relaxed atmosphere. Sitting out in the warm evenings is something everybody enjoys whilst on holiday.             

During the day all that changes, with good choice of mini supermarkets and fresh produce shopping and coffee breaks are on most people’s minds. Come lunchtime the smell of the barbeques fill the air. There is still plenty of history and old buildings you can seek out like the Igreia Matriz dating from the 16th Century, its hand carved stonework show off its doorways and arches. The original 16th Century Parish Church rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755 and still has a prime example of great craftsmanship of the Manueline era of architecture. It was the only important building in Alvor that survived the earthquake. History shows in 1495 King Joao II died from a long illness in Alvor. Much history is recorded in what was once just a small fishing village resurrected from the famously  earthquake of 1755 which destroyed much of Portugal. The long flat beach front has a good size parking and popular with motorhomes but as of 2020, Portugal brought in new laws to stop wild camping this is something that can incur large on the spot fine for those who

flout the law. For more info

Alvor waterfront resturant scene seated man wearing a beret playing an accordion Hand painted traditional tiles scene of Alvor waterfront

Alvor has Gone pulled out stops here when it come to catering for disabled, with a clearly marked beach directions and loads of allocated parking,even the cobbled streets have a flat section for wheelchairs and pushchair's

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Fish resturant on Alvor waterfontMany Algarve beach warning signs of falling rocks