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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.