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Holidays in Alvor

Sitting prettily on the Alvor Estuary, Alvor is a fishing-village-turned-resort with a difference. It’s close to the Ria da Alvor Nature Reserve, so it’s is as popular with nature lovers as it is with the sun worshippers who come for the golden sand and warm sea. If you fancy a night out, the cobbled streets lacing the old village centre are dotted with bars. Alternatively, jump in a taxi to Portimão, the livelier resort town next door.

20 °C

July, with approximately 12 hours of sunshine a day, barely any rain and highs of 26oC.

2 hours 45 minutes

Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, about 77km east of Alvor.

For a relaxing beach holiday in a laid-back fishing village, book your Thomas Cook holiday to Alvor.

Recommended offers in Alvor

Clube Alvorferias

Alvor, Algarve

  • On-site mini-market
  • One outdoor swimming pool and two kids' pools
  • Hotel bus to the beach

What is included?

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£197

Pestana Delfim

Alvor, Algarve (Faro)

The Pestana Delfim Hotel (part of the renowned Pestana hotel chain) overlooks the Tres Irmaos Beach between Portimao and Alvor village. This property is ideal for golf and tennis enthusiasts or for those seeking a peaceful and relaxing holiday in a pleasant atmosphere. Most of the 312 comfortable guestrooms have stunning sea views, and the fishing village of Alvor is a short walk away, boasting the Algarve's largest wind-surfing centre. The vibrant nightlife and shops of Praia da Rocha and Portimao are also within easy reach.

 

Getting to the Hotel: Faro International airport is 74 km from the hotel.

 

Local Tips: The beach has a privately run area with sunshades available in the Summer (local charge).

 

Please note: For early check-outs the full amount of stay will be charged.

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: All Inclusive accommodation serving breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner (buffet). Three bars are on hand for delightful drinks which are the bar in the centre of the swimming pool open only in the summer (July & August) from 11:00am to 6:30pm, the Sunset Bar open from 7pm until 12 midnight and the Tuscano Bar open 10:30am until 12 midnight. There is live music in the Tucano Bar.

 

Sports, games and activities: Outdoor salt water pool for adults and children, volleyball, aerobics, aqua-aerobics, boules, classes in Portuguese language and painting, games room with table tennis, giant chess board and playing cards, snooker, video games and golf simulator, small heated indoor pool (fresh water), health club with aerobics centre, fitness equipment, sauna, Jacuzzi, beauty centre at the Pestana Alvor Praia (200m from the hotel), children's area at the Pestana Kids Club in Dom Joao Village.

 

Additional: 24 hour reception, shops, meeting rooms, free car parking facilities, free daily shuttle to Portimao, Wireless Internet access in the Lobby and Sunset Bar. Spacious event room with the capacity to hold 200 people, large glass surrounds with sea views making it ideal for receptions.

What is included?

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£388

Clube Alvorferias

Alvor, Algarve (Faro)

The Club Alvorferias features 161 comfortable studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments offering everything you need for a well-deserved rest. Situated 900 m from the sandy beach of Praia do Alvor, the hotel is a great base from which to enjoy Alvor, go a bit further to Portimao (5 km) for great shopping, and experience the excitement of the Algarve night life at Praia da Rocha (8 km). Visitors to this relaxing leisure destination will find their tension and worries melting away while enjoying all that this coastal paradise has to offer. Faro International Airport is 30 km from the hotel.

Local Tips: There are excellent places for night life nearby, like Casino da Rocha that offers international-style cabaret shows.

 

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: Self Catering accommodation with options for Bed and Breakfast and Half Board. On site restaurant, pool bar/snack bar, two supermarkets (will be open from the 17th April), and Satellite TV lounge. Evening entertainment includes live music and a disco (details may vary according to the time of year and the number of people involved).

Please note the restaurant and bar will open from the 1st May.

Sports, games and activities: Two swimming pools, children's pool, sun terrace with sun beds and parasols, children's playground, two tennis courts, games room, entertainment including children's hour, special golf rates available for the Alto golf course. Golfers will find the most elite Golf Courses on the Algarve close by including Alto Golf Course (4 km), Penina Golf Course (6 km),  as well as Palmares Golf, Gramacho Course and Salgados Golf Club all within 35 km of the hotel.

 

Additional: Reception, safe deposit boxes available (for hire locally), shops, laundry, Mini Bus to the Beach (payable locally).

Please note the Reception will operate between 09.00 - 13.00 and 14.00-18.00hrs from the 1st March till end of April. Closed Sat, Sundays and public holidays.

What is included?

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£144

Luna Alvor Bay

Alvor, Algarve (Faro)

The Luna Alvor Bay features 149 exquisitely furnished Studio Apartments distributed over 14 floors, offering everything you need for a well-deserved rest. Situated on the sandy beach of Praia do Alvor near the Ria de Alvor Natural Reserve with its unique green and tranquil surroundings, the 3 Star Luna Alvor Bay is a great base from which to enjoy Alvor, go a bit further to Portimao (5 km) for great shopping, and experience the excitement of the Algarve night life at Praia da Rocha (8 km). Visitors to this relaxing leisure destination will find their tension and worries melting away while enjoying all that this coastal paradise has to offer. Although officially a 3*, this property has the decor and facilities of a 4* hotel.

Please note:  Guests booked on half board can enjoy a "dine around" programme where you can dine out each evening at a choice of  selected local restaurants specialising in fish, meat, Italian and traditional Algarve cuisine. Menus for each of the participating restaurants are displayed in reception.

Faro International Airport is 67 km from the Luna Alvor Bay.

Local Tips: There are excellent places for night life nearby, like Casino da Rocha that offers international-style cabaret shows. Nearby Albufeira has an attractive old village with traditional low fisherman's cottages, churches and narrow cobbled streets. Definitely worth a visit!

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: Self Catering or Bed and Breakfast accommodation. The Luna Alvor Bay has a Bar, Terrace Bar, Pool Bar, and Snack bar. Plenty of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops are within walking distance. Alvor has excellent restaurants tucked in the narrow streets of the fishing village. Please note for guests staying here on a Half Board basis take their dinner in a local restaurant which is located approximately 300 metres from the hotel.

Sports, games and activities: Swimming pool, children's pool, sun terrace with sun beds, children's playground. Golfers will find the most elite Golf Courses on the Algarve close by as well as beaches and plenty of water sports.

Additional: 24 hour reception, tourist information, lift, Internet/email services, free parking, apartments are cleaned every day and towels are changed every day. Bed linen is changed twice a week.

What is included?

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£151

Luna Clube Brisamar

Alvor, Algarve (Faro)

The Luna Clube Brisamar features 110 comfortably furnished One-Bedroom Apartments offering everything you need for a well-deserved rest. Situated 1.7 km from the sandy beach of Praia do Alvor near the Ria de Alvor Natural Reserve with its unique green and tranquil surroundings, the 3 Star Luna Clube Brisamar is a great base from which to enjoy Alvor, go a bit further to Portimao (5 km) for great shopping, and experience the excitement of the Algarve night life at Praia da Rocha (8 km). Visitors to this relaxing leisure destination will find their tension and worries melting away while enjoying all that this coastal paradise has to offer.

 

Getting to the hotel: Faro International Airport is 56 km from the Luna Clube Brisamar.

 

Local Tips: There are excellent places for night life nearby, like Casino da Rocha that offers international-style cabaret shows. There is a public bus stop just outside the complex.

FACILITIES:

Dining: The Hotel is booked as Self-Catering or All Inclusive accommodation with options for Bed and Breakfast and Half Board. Luna Clube Brisamar has a friendly cocktail bar, snack bar, cafeteria, and Restaurant. A complete entertainment program is presented every day in restaurants and bars. Guests can also enjoy a lively nightlife in the resort centre.

 

Activities: One swimming pool for adults and separate for children, 1 tennis courts, games room, water sports, squash, nearby Golf Courses (Penina, Palmares, Alvor Club, Alto Golf Club), Water Slide Parks, and Horse Riding (1 km). The beach is 1.7 km from the hotel and there is a free shuttle service 3 times a day, 5 times a week (except Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays).

 

Additional: 24 hour reception, tourist information, Internet/email services, parking, apartments are cleaned 6 times a week. Bed linen are changed ones a week and towels are changed twice a week. AI rooms are only available from 1st June to 30th Sept.

What is included?

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£196

Luna Alvor Village

Alvor, Algarve (Faro)

Luna Alvor Village were newly opened in June 2008 and are located in a quiet area near to the Ria de Alvor Natural Reserve and a few minutes from the centre of Alvor. Alvor is a typical Algarvean village, with its traditional architecture, bars and restaurants. The village faces a large natural lagoon than opens into the sea and there is a choice of a long open sandy beach or a number of small coves to relax on.

Please note:  Guests booked on half board can enjoy a "dine around" programme where you can dine out each evening at a choice of  selected local restaurants specialising in fish, meat, Italian and traditional Algarve cuisine. Menus for each of the participating restaurants are displayed in reception.

FACILITIES:

The hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, lobby bar, pool bar, gym (local charge), swimming pool for adults and children's pool. Please note for guests staying here on a Half Board basis take their dinner in a local restaurant which is located approximately 300 metres from the hotel.

What is included?

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£202

Alvormar Apartments

Alvor, Algarve (Faro)

Enjoy a fabulous family holiday exploring Algarve by booking the Alvormar Apartments in Portugal.

The Alvormar Apartments are conveniently located in the village of Alvor, situated in a sheltered estuary. The Alvormar sits on a slight hill just 750 metres from one of the Algarves beautiful beaches. The village of Alvor offers traditional narrow streets with many local shops and restaurants on offer making this a friendly and relaxing place to stay.

Local Tips: Alvormar Apartments are situated 65 km from FAO airport, just 750 meters one of the Algarve's most idyllic beaches and 4km from the city of Portimao.

FACILITIES:

Food, Drink and Entertainment: Bar, Snack Bar.

Sports, Games and Activities: Swimming Pool (heated salt water), Children's Pool, Sun Terraces, Snooker and Games Room and Mini Golf.

For the Kids: Children's Swimming Pool and Playground.

Additional: 24 Hour Reception.   Please note in November and December the reception is only open from 09.00 to 17.00hrs. All arrivals after this time will find a phone number to ring on the door.

What is included?

from

£218

Pestana Dom Joao II Beach Resort

Alvor, Algarve (Faro)


The Pestana Dom Joao II  is an integral part of the Pestana Beach Resort Hotel and Villas, which occupy a prime position along the long sandy Alvor beach. This friendly 4 Star hotel is conveniently located just 5 kilometres from Portimao, and 1 kilometre from Alvor village, boasting the Algarve's largest wind-surfing centre. The nightlife and shops in Praia da Rocha and Portimao are easily accessed. Faro International airport is 74 km from the hotel.

 

Local Tips: Horse riding, bowling, and plenty of golf are available nearby.

 

Transfers: Please note that shuttle services do not go to villas. A private taxi is required.

 

Please note: For early check-outs the full amount of stay will be charged.

FACILITIES:

 

Food, drink and entertainment: Bed and Breakfast accommodation with an option for Half Board. The Pavilhao do Rei is open for breakfast and half-board dinners, and the Atlanico Restaurant offers delicious Portuguese & International food. The Retiro do Rei snack-bar is located poolside, and the Cabana-Marché snack bar on the beach is open May to October. The Bar do Príncipe serves international cocktails and Portuguese drinks with live music, and the Ocean Sandwich Bar is situated on the Beach.

 

Sports, games and activities: Two saltwater swimming pools (1 heated in winter), two separate children's pools, indoor saltwater heated pool, sun beds and parasols, gym, sauna, Turkish bath, children's club is available during the summer, 9 golf courses in the area. Ask about the unlimited golf packages available for stays of a minimum of 7 nights! Tennis courts are available for use at the Pestana Alvor Praia and at the Pestana Delfim.

 

Additional: 24 hour Reception, shops, free car parking facilities, Internet access, and two meeting rooms for up to 100 people.

What is included?

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£222

Pestana Alvor Park Garden Resort Hotel

Alvor, Algarve (Faro)

The Pestana Alvor Park Aparthotel is modern 4 star property recently added to the prestigious Pestana Group in the Algarve. The hotel is within walking distance of Alvor Beach (around 5 minutes) and the fishing village of Alvor is a short stroll away. The aparthotel has studio, one, and two bedroom apartments with modern amenities and is ideally located for golfers with special conditions at the golf courses Pinta and Gramacho. The nightlife and shopping of Praia da Rocha and Portimao (5km) are nearby.
Faro International airport (FAO) is 56 km from the hotel.

 

Local Tips: Guests enjoy the use of all the facilities of Pestana Delfim, Pestana Alvor Atlantico and Pestana Dom Joao II Hotel.

 

Please note: For early check-outs the full amount of stay will be charged.

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: Self Catering accommodation with an option for Bed and Breakfast. The hotel has one restaurant and one bar with a warm and relaxing atmosphere located in the swimming pool area. Pestana Alvor Park Aparthotel is situated about 500 m away from Pestana Delfim and Pestana Dom Joao II Hotel and can use all bars and restaurants of the other Pestana properties.

Sports, games and activities: Two outdoor salt water pools for adults and children, gym, sauna, Turkish bath, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, rock garden and fun centre, children's area, games room, 8 golf courses within a radius of 15 km. Ask about the unlimited golf packages available for stays of a minimum of 7 nights!

Additional: 24 hour Reception, shops, Cyber corner, meeting rooms, free car parking facilities.

What is included?

from

£235

Pestana Dom Joao II Villas

Alvor, Algarve (Faro)

The Pestana Dom Joao II Villas (part of the renowned Pestana hotel chain) rests in an excellent position at almost beach level on the long sandy Alvor beach, and is ideal for golf and tennis enthusiasts or for those seeking a peaceful and relaxing holiday in a pleasant atmosphere with self catering facilities. One of the most popular resorts in the region, special terms are available at the Pestana Carvoeiro Golfe (the Pinta and Gramacho Courses) only 15 minutes away from the hotel. The 32 comfortable appartments are at beach level, and the fishing village of Alvor is a short walk away, boasting the Algarve's largest wind-surfing centre.

 

Faro International airport is 78 km from the hotel.

 

Local Tips: The beach has a privately run area with sunshades available in the Summer. A vibrant nightlife and shops in Praia da Rocha and Portimao are easily reached.

 

Please note: For early check-outs the full amount of stay will be charged.

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: Self catering apartments with options for Bed and Breakfast and Half Board. The Pavilhao do Rei is open for breakfast and half-board dinners, and the Atlanico Restaurant offers delicious Portuguese and international food. The Retiro do Rei snack-bar is located poolside, and the Cabana-Marche snack bar on the beach is open May to October. The Bar do Príncipe serves international cocktails and Portuguese drinks with live music, and the Ocean Sandwich Bar is situated on the Beach.

Sports, games and activities: Two saltwater outdoor pools (one heated in winter) and two pools for children, indoor saltwater pool (heated), gymnasium, sauna, Turkish bath, historical excursions, sports tournaments, Pestana kids club, 2 children's parks, giant chess board, snooker table, table tennis, driving range, putting green and mini golf. Tennis courts are at the Pestana Alvor Praia and at the Pestana Dom Joao II Resort, water sports centre in the Summer (June to September) with diving school, horse riding available nearby, Pestana Golf Courses nearby.

Additional: 24 hour reception, Internet access, conference rooms, parking.

What is included?

from

£269

This quaint fishing village is a relatively sleepy place, so you won’t find a long list of adrenalin-pumping activities in Alvor. Instead, you can enjoy leisurely walks along the beach or a spot of souvenir shopping in the town’s boutique shops. Alvor has a charming atmosphere where you’ll feel at home wandering through streets of sugar-cube houses or chatting over freshly grilled fish in a local restaurant. Head to the nearby Ria da Alvor Nature Reserve to see flamingos in the wild. You’ll also find the 18-hole Alto golf course on the edge of the village.

Awarded the prestigious European Blue Flag, Alvor’s golden sandy beach is perfect for a long day in the sun. With sunshades for hire, showers and places to buy your lunch, it’s the best place to head if you’re looking for things for kids to do in Alvor. The water averages 20-22oC in the summer, great for a quick dip or a paddle. Make the most of it with windsurfing, waterskiing or sailing, or stretch out and enjoy the warmth of the sun on your skin. As the day cools, wander along the seafront with an ice cream.

For nature lovers and walkers, there’s no question about where to go in Alvor: the Ria da Alvor Nature Reserve. It’s a magical place to visit all year round, its scenery of dunes, lagoons and mudflats changing with the light and tides. But it really comes to life in the spring and autumn when the local bird population gets a big boost. Keep your camera at the ready – it’s one of the best places in Alvor to spot wild flamingos. If you’d like to get the most out of the area, take a guided canoe tour across the water.

One of the main attractions in Alvor is the fishing harbour. Order the catch of the day at a harbourside restaurant and watch the fishing boats as they bring in their haul from the Atlantic. Away from the waterfront, take a stroll amongst the traditional white buildings of the village and you’ll find lots of pretty photo opportunities, such as the ornately carved doorway of the church. This is also where you’ll find Alvor’s thriving bar scene. Come here for a few cocktails in the evening after a long day of sunbathing.

Recommended offers in Alvor

Clube Alvorferias

Alvor, Algarve

  • On-site mini-market
  • One outdoor swimming pool and two kids' pools
  • Hotel bus to the beach

What is included?

from

£197

Pestana Delfim

Alvor, Algarve (Faro)

The Pestana Delfim Hotel (part of the renowned Pestana hotel chain) overlooks the Tres Irmaos Beach between Portimao and Alvor village. This property is ideal for golf and tennis enthusiasts or for those seeking a peaceful and relaxing holiday in a pleasant atmosphere. Most of the 312 comfortable guestrooms have stunning sea views, and the fishing village of Alvor is a short walk away, boasting the Algarve's largest wind-surfing centre. The vibrant nightlife and shops of Praia da Rocha and Portimao are also within easy reach.

 

Getting to the Hotel: Faro International airport is 74 km from the hotel.

 

Local Tips: The beach has a privately run area with sunshades available in the Summer (local charge).

 

Please note: For early check-outs the full amount of stay will be charged.

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: All Inclusive accommodation serving breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner (buffet). Three bars are on hand for delightful drinks which are the bar in the centre of the swimming pool open only in the summer (July & August) from 11:00am to 6:30pm, the Sunset Bar open from 7pm until 12 midnight and the Tuscano Bar open 10:30am until 12 midnight. There is live music in the Tucano Bar.

 

Sports, games and activities: Outdoor salt water pool for adults and children, volleyball, aerobics, aqua-aerobics, boules, classes in Portuguese language and painting, games room with table tennis, giant chess board and playing cards, snooker, video games and golf simulator, small heated indoor pool (fresh water), health club with aerobics centre, fitness equipment, sauna, Jacuzzi, beauty centre at the Pestana Alvor Praia (200m from the hotel), children's area at the Pestana Kids Club in Dom Joao Village.

 

Additional: 24 hour reception, shops, meeting rooms, free car parking facilities, free daily shuttle to Portimao, Wireless Internet access in the Lobby and Sunset Bar. Spacious event room with the capacity to hold 200 people, large glass surrounds with sea views making it ideal for receptions.

What is included?

from

£388

Clube Alvorferias

Alvor, Algarve (Faro)

The Club Alvorferias features 161 comfortable studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments offering everything you need for a well-deserved rest. Situated 900 m from the sandy beach of Praia do Alvor, the hotel is a great base from which to enjoy Alvor, go a bit further to Portimao (5 km) for great shopping, and experience the excitement of the Algarve night life at Praia da Rocha (8 km). Visitors to this relaxing leisure destination will find their tension and worries melting away while enjoying all that this coastal paradise has to offer. Faro International Airport is 30 km from the hotel.

Local Tips: There are excellent places for night life nearby, like Casino da Rocha that offers international-style cabaret shows.

 

FACILITIES:

Food, drink and entertainment: Self Catering accommodation with options for Bed and Breakfast and Half Board. On site restaurant, pool bar/snack bar, two supermarkets (will be open from the 17th April), and Satellite TV lounge. Evening entertainment includes live music and a disco (details may vary according to the time of year and the number of people involved).

Please note the restaurant and bar will open from the 1st May.

Sports, games and activities: Two swimming pools, children's pool, sun terrace with sun beds and parasols, children's playground, two tennis courts, games room, entertainment including children's hour, special golf rates available for the Alto golf course. Golfers will find the most elite Golf Courses on the Algarve close by including Alto Golf Course (4 km), Penina Golf Course (6 km),  as well as Palmares Golf, Gramacho Course and Salgados Golf Club all within 35 km of the hotel.

 

Additional: Reception, safe deposit boxes available (for hire locally), shops, laundry, Mini Bus to the Beach (payable locally).

Please note the Reception will operate between 09.00 - 13.00 and 14.00-18.00hrs from the 1st March till end of April. Closed Sat, Sundays and public holidays.

What is included?

from

£144

ALVOR IS BEST FOR...

Walkers: Take gentle strolls through the town or venture out to the surrounding countryside.

Nature lovers: Spot wild flamingos at the Ria da Alvor Nature Reserve.

Families: Take the kids for a paddle in the warm waters of Alvor’s sandy beach


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Alvor is Portuguese

Currency: The currency used in Alvor is the Euro (€)

Local time: Alvor is in the same time zone as GMT/UK time

Fly to: Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, about 77km east of Alvor.

Flight time from UK: Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

Tourist information: Further Alvor tourist information can be found at www.visitportugal.com/en

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Alvor.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Low to mid 20s during the summer (°C).

Best time to visit: July, with approximately 12 hours of sunshine a day, barely any rain and highs of 26°C.

Although it’s at the windward (barlavento) western end of the Algarve, the weather’s lovely here all through the summer. For the hottest beach days, the best time to go to Alvor is July to September.


GETTING AROUND

On foot: The village isn’t too big, so you can walk around it quite easily.

By taxi: Taxis are cream or beige and you’ll find the fare list on display inside.

By train: The main Algarve line stops at Portimão. It’s only a short cab ride between the two resorts.

By car: Hire a car to see more of the Algarve’s beach resorts and rural villages at your own pace.


EVENTS

Carnival: Tranquil little Alvor celebrates Carnival with a passion. Marked with parades and colourful decorations, it takes place every February/March.

Live jazz: Saxophone fans are treated to Alvor’s Jazz Nights in July. It’s just one of several jazz festivals in the area throughout the summer, from May’s Maio Lindo Maio in Portimão through to August’s Lagos Jazz Festival.

Motor racing: The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve is only 20km from Alvor. It’s played host to events such as the World Touring Car Championships.


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