Alvor travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperature: Average summer temperatures are a balmy 20-23 (°C).

Best time to visit: Book Alvor holidays between June and the end of August, which are the driest and hottest months. It’s perfect beach weather.

The summers can be long and hot, so make sure you pack sun cream and a hat if you’re visiting when temperatures are at their highest. Spring and early autumn are still quite warm, and you’ll normally be able to spend time on the beach between mid-May and late September. Winters are mild but at times slightly unpredictable. 

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Alvor is best for…

Sun worshippers: Within walking distance of one of the largest sandy beaches in southern Portugal, you’ll find lots of space to enjoy the warm weather and relax.

Nature lovers: Keep an eye out for wild flamingos as you cross the sand dunes and mud flats of the scenic Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve. It’s a haven for other birdlife too.

Families: Kids will love building sand castles and paddling in the calm, warm waters of the sand Blue Flag beach. 

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Fast facts

Language: Portuguese is the language spoken here.

Currency:  You’ll need to make sure you change up your spending money before travelling on holiday.  The currency needed is the Euro (€).

Local time: Alvor is the same time as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Faro Airport. The transfer time to Alvor is about 1.5 hours. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Alvor is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Tourist information: Further 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.

Holiday destinations related to Alvor:

  • Carvoeiro
  • Lagos
  • Praia da Rocha
  • Vilamoura
  • Albufeira
  • Getting around

    On foot: It’s quite small and you’ll be able to explore the centre easily by walking.

    By taxi: Jump in a taxi for a quick and easy way to visit nearby towns. You can pre-book and there’s a fare list displayed in every cab, so you’ll know exactly how many euros you’ll need for the trip.

    By train: Head to bustling Portimão or any of the stops in between with a short train ride on the main Algarve line.

    By car: See more of Algarve’s scenic views and picturesque beach resorts at your own pace when you pick up a rental car. You can hire a car from Faro Airport when you land, or collect it from somewhere closer to your hotel.

    Events

    Carnival: Every year in late February to early March, the infectious sights and sounds of carnival return. The tranquil town comes alive with parades, dancing, music, and colourful decorations.

    Live jazz: It’s impossible not to enjoy the smooths sounds of the saxophone, and you’ll be hard pushed to find a better place to listen to it than at Alvor’s Jazz nights in July. There are more summer jazz festivals in the area; from May’s Maio Lindo Maio in Portimão through to August’s Lagos Jazz Festival.

    Motor racing: Watch the cars whizz around the race track at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. This 100,000-capacity circuit is only 20km away and has hosted famous events like the World Touring Car Championships. Petrol heads will love the driving experiences you can book here.