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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
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