Portugal may have travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

Find out moreOpens in new tab or window

AlvorPortugal

Found in the western part of Algarve, Alvor is a charming ancient village on the southern coast of Portimão. Situated at the mouth of the Alvor estuary it offers incredible scenic views, with the Atlantic Ocean to one side and the calm lagoon on the other.

With narrow streets, whitewashed houses, golden beaches and rocky cliffs this fishing village is the perfect match between heritage and natural beauty.

Castle of AlvorThe castle was constructed in the 7th Century AD and would become the basis of a Roman settlement. It was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake, however, the wall remain and offer visitors a fantastic panoramic view of the sea. Plus, if you are with the kids, you have the bonus of a children's playground.

Megalithis Monuments in AlcalarThe megalithic tombs of Alcalar are old memorial temples, which date back to the 3rd millennium. They were left undiscovered until the late 19th Century. Today, some of these tombs are now open to the visiting public. There is also a visitor centre where you can learn more about the day-to-day life of this prehistoric community.

Church of the Divino Salvador de AlvorThe Church of the Divino Salvador de Alvor is a magnificent Catholic church with an impressive 18th century Manueline style entranceway. The interior has an intriguing mixture of Baroque and Rococo influences. It’s an impressive attraction that’s well worth taking an afternoon to explore.

Morabito de São JoãoThe St. John Morabito is a curious hermitage-like mosque situated in the local graveyard. There is an inscription that marks the Christianization of the temple:

Ego sum vox clamantis in deserto – ‘I am a voice clamouring in the desert’

A singular attraction, you won’t want to miss getting a snap of this unique piece of architecture.

Villa AbicadaInhabited between the 1st and 4th century AD, the ruins of this Roman Villa has a geometrical plan with wide views of the lagoon and the sea. Be sure to check out the colourful and beautifully preserved mosaic floors.

Sculpture tribute to the FishermanOn the waterfront of Alvor, visitors will find a stone sculpture by respected Portuguese sculptor, João Cutileiro. A tribute to the fishing community, this 4 metre tall sculpture depicts a fisherman holding his prized catch of fish aloft in the sky.

BeachesThere are four beaches within easy reach from Alvor: Alvor, Torralta, Three Brothers and Prainha Beaches.

Alvor Beach marks the division between the ocean and the estuary. With great facilities, such as bars and restaurants, and easy parking, this is one of the most popular beaches in the Algarve.

Torralta has clear, warm waters, with a long sandy beach. It’s close to several hotels and restaurants, making it very convenient and a favourite with families.

Three Brothers Beach is located on a long, wide sandy stretch, bordered by rocks from which you can view a pretty spectacular sunset. Prainha has a beach club with a nice swimming pool, and a chillout area and bar serving snacks and drinks.

ActivitiesThere’s plenty to keep the active holidaymaker occupied in Alvor. Alvor Beach’s scenic boardwalk is a gem for any runner. If you really want to get the adrenaline pumping, skydiving in the area is spectacular and offers amazing views of the coastline. There’s also plenty of boat tours that let you explore the scenic coastline and local marine wildlife; swim to the caves and, if the tide is right, stop at a sand bank to collect shells.

Restaurants and NightlifeAlvor has a lively bar scene where you can enjoy live music, top DJs, or just have a quiet drink before the setting sun. There’s also a great selection of restaurants serving both traditional Portuguese fish dishes and international cuisine.

Top hotels in Alvor

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pestana Dom João II Hotel Beach & Golf Resort
Pestana Dom João II Hotel Beach & Golf Resort
4 out of 5
Praia De Alvor, Portimao
The price is £118 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Portimao hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tres Irmaos Beach and Alvor Beach. Rocha Beach and Vau Beach are also within 3 miles (5 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (321 reviews)
Nearly a 5*

"This hotel is in a beautiful setting and the inside is just as good. The only criticism I have, is that the corridors leading to the bedrooms really need to be redecorated! Orange carpet, dark wood, and a bad smell isn't going to leave a good impression. It's a shame because the rooms and the common ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020

Pestana Dom João II Hotel Beach & Golf Resort
Pestana Alvor Praia Beach & Golf Hotel
Pestana Alvor Praia Beach & Golf Hotel
5 out of 5
Praia dos Três Irmaos, Alvor, Portimao
The price is £184 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Portimao hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Três Irmãos Beach and Tres Irmaos Beach. Alvor Beach and Vau Beach are also within 2 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (360 reviews)

"Beautiful place, great location, service for breakfast buffet wasn’t that good, took for ever to get coffee...or tea...and that’s all staff had to do"…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2019

Pestana Alvor Praia Beach & Golf Hotel
Alvor Baia Resort Hotel
Alvor Baia Resort Hotel
4 out of 5
Estrada do Alvor, Galo Loiro, Portimao
The price is £117 per night

This family-friendly Portimao hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hospital Alvor, Tres Irmaos Beach and Alvor Beach. Rocha Beach and Vau Beach ...

4.1/5Very Good! (83 reviews)
Sufficient for overnight stay

"Comfortable hotel that’s actually an all inclusive resort. We only stayed for one night during a short trip to Faro from Lisbon to Seville, but found the hotel to have everything we needed. The room was clean, although the beds were a bit hard and uncomfortable. Wifi worked well and room was equipped ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2019

Alvor Baia Resort Hotel

Popular places to visit in Alvor

Tres Irmaos Beach
Image for Tres Irmaos Beach

Tres Irmaos Beach

3.5/5(3 reviews)

Bring your camera to photograph this striking beach, which is dotted with large, eye-catching rocks that provide shade and shelter, and harbor several caves. 

Três Irmãos Beach
Image for Três Irmãos Beach

Três Irmãos Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Três Irmãos Beach during your trip to Prainha? Wander the area's beautiful beaches or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Albufeira Old Town Square
Image for Albufeira Old Town Square

Albufeira Old Town Square

4/5(408 reviews)

Framed by bars, galleries and shops, this leafy plaza is a great starting point for exploring the treasures of Albufeira’s historic center. 

Praia dos Alemães
Image for Praia dos Alemães

Praia dos Alemães

4/5(337 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Praia dos Alemães, a popular beach in Albufeira. Amble around this romantic area's marina and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Rocha Beach
Image for Rocha Beach

Rocha Beach

4.5/5(246 reviews)

Backed by golden-red cliffs and met by the white-flecked waves of the Atlantic, this spectacular beach is one of the Algarve’s most popular. 

Sao Rafael Beach
Image for Sao Rafael Beach

Sao Rafael Beach

4.5/5(179 reviews)

Explore tidal pools and take part in adventure sports or just sit back, enjoy the warm sunshine and admire the wonderful scenery.

Top things to do in Alvor

Zoomarine Park
Image for Zoomarine Park

Zoomarine Park

£29
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour
Image for Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour

Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour

£18
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Slide & Splash Waterpark
Image for Slide & Splash Waterpark

Slide & Splash Waterpark

£26
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Silves and Monchique Mountain Half-Day Tour
Image for Silves and Monchique Mountain Half-Day Tour

Silves and Monchique Mountain Half-Day Tour

£18
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Jeep Safari 4X4 Day Tour In Algarve with Lunch
Image for Jeep Safari 4X4 Day Tour In Algarve with Lunch

Jeep Safari 4X4 Day Tour In Algarve with Lunch

£48
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Airport Transfer from Faro to Portimão/Alvor
Image for Airport Transfer from Faro to Portimão/Alvor

Airport Transfer from Faro to Portimão/Alvor

£10
Per adult

Cities near Alvor

Tres Irmaos Beach which includes general coastal views, rugged coastline and a beach

Portimao

Tres Irmaos Beach which includes night scenes

Prainha