Alvor - a picturesque resort to the west of the Algarve
Alvor is a fantastic Portugal holiday resort situated in the West of the Algarve. This picturesque ancient coastal village offers a long and colourful cultural history, more of which is centred on the earthquake that occurred in 1755 which destroyed most of the settlement and its castle. Today, Alvor offers its visitors sun, sea and sand along with a wide range of activities and attractions to suit all tastes.
Alvor holidays are ideal for families, couples and older travellers looking to enjoy a modern holiday within a traditional atmosphere. Many tourists tend to arrive in Alvor looking to relax and unwind, with an airport transfer time of just 1 hour you can start enjoying the tranquillity of the resort in no time at all. Water sports enthusiasts will appreciate the fantastic facilities available on the beaches, along with the desirable warm water temperatures.
Alvor holidays are ideal for anyone wanting to simply enjoy a peaceful break. Accommodation is varied with hotels ranging from 3-5 stars and fantastic self catered apartment complexes. With a year round warm climate, holidays to Alvor can be enjoyed at anytime. There are great holiday deals available to Alvor right now, so why not take advantage and book your Alvor holiday today?
Alvor – Ancient History and Fantastic Sport Facilities
Alvor faces a spectacle natural lagoon offering stunning views and a diverse landscape. The old town area provides visitors with a valuable insight into the resorts past history, with an ancient parish church that was restored after the earthquake. History lovers can also head to the nearby Abidaca resort to explore the remains of an ancient Roman settlement.
Many of Alvor’s main attractions are situated on the beaches. The main beach, Torralta is covered in fine sand and slopes gently into turquoise waters, ideal for families with younger children. Smaller coves can be found with a little exploring, perfect for couples and older travellers wanting to get away from the crowds. The beaches are surrounded by majestic red cliffs offering opportunities for walking tours and boat tours of hidden caves.
Water sport facilities are available, allowing tourists to enjoy everything from surfing to water skiing during their Alvor holidays. Families will appreciate the water park within the resort along with the horse riding facilities which prove to be especially popular with children. Golf is a popular pastime in Alvor with a spectacular golf course available that lies between two picturesque valleys. With a mountainous backdrop, golfers can enjoy the scenery while tackling one of the longest holes in Europe.
Alvor – Mouth Watering Cuisine and Excellent Shopping
The nightlife in Alvor is not especially vibrant however there are several bars and restaurants to discover during your Alvor holidays. The nearby Praia de Rocha has a much wider choice of bars and nightclubs, ideal for anyone who fancies trying something different during their holiday to Alvor.
The restaurants in Alvor offer a wide range of cuisines from traditional Portuguese delicacies to international dishes. Seafood is a popular choice with many restaurants offering a ‘catch of the day’ option. Local wines are very palatable and readily available in many of Alvor’s restaurants. There are also restaurants offering British, Italian and Chinese food for the less adventurous!
Shopping is a popular pastime during holidays in Alvor, there is a wide range of shops offering authentic holiday gifts and souvenirs. There is also a market on the first Monday of the month offering local produce, ideal for picking up leather goods, pottery and linens. There are buses to take visitors around the resort and to nearby resorts.
Alvor - Weather and Climate
Alvor boasts fantastic hot, dry summers and mild winters making it the perfect year round holiday destination. The summer is the most popular time to enjoy an Alvor holiday attracting thousands of people wanting to take advantage of the fantastic beaches. July and August are the hottest and also the busiest months offering an average of 12 hours of sunshine per day. The coastal breezes ensure that the temperatures stay comfortable, offering a refreshing alternative to the hot sun.
For anyone who wishes to avoid the crowds, spring and late summer are the ideal times to enjoy Alvor holidays. The water temperatures stay warm all year round making it the ideal place for water enthusiasts. There is hardly any rainfall throughout the year however any showers do quickly clear up, allowing you to enjoy the rest of your day.