Alvor

Travel Guide
Tres Irmaos Beach which includes a sandy beach and general coastal views

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.

Alvor Baia Resort Hotel
Alvor Baia Resort Hotel
4 out of 5
Estrada do Alvor, Galo Loiro, Portimao
The price is £56 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
This family-friendly Portimao hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hospital Alvor, Tres Irmaos Beach and Alvor Beach. Vau Beach is 1.9 mi (3.1 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (94 reviews)
Alvor Baia serious about cleanliness during pandem
"Hotel was very clean all around. Staff was friendly and were amazing at breakfast. It’s a large breakfast room with many visitors but staff served everyone with a smile and were helpful. Breakfast was also of a very good quality and a lots of variety. They were also very efficient in getting everything ..."

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2020

Alvor Baia Resort Hotel
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 £62 per night from 7 Oct to 7 Oct
Nestled on the beach, this Portimao hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Tres Irmaos Beach and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Vau Beach. Alvor Beach and Três Irmãos Beach are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (338 reviews)
"Was all good very clean good staff service Liked alote"

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2021

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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £108 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Nestled on the beach, this Portimao hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Três Irmãos Beach and Tres Irmaos Beach. Alvor Beach and Vau Beach are also within 2 miles ...
4.2/5Excellent! (371 reviews)
Nice clean hotel
"The hotel was absolutely brilliant. Food was good, staff were very hospitable. There is not a lot to do around the hotel and everything is a taxi ride away"

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Pestana Alvor Praia Beach & Golf Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pestana Alvor Atlântico Residences
Pestana Alvor Atlântico Residences
3 out of 5
Praia de Alvor, Alvor, Portimao
The price is £53 per night from 23 Oct to 23 Oct
Nestled on the beach, this Portimao aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tres Irmaos Beach and Alvor Beach. Rocha Beach and Vau Beach are also within 3 miles ...
3.9/5Very Good! (110 reviews)
Great value for money
"We have stayed here twice now. The apartments are very clean and if you pay for a sea view room the views are amazing from your balcony. There are nicer places to stay but for a cheap place in a great location this is perfect."

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2020

Pestana Alvor Atlântico Residences
Pestana Alvor Park
Pestana Alvor Park
4 out of 5
Adega, Quinta do Ribeiro, Alvor, Portimao
The price is £65 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
This family-friendly Portimao aparthotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Hospital Alvor, Tres Irmaos Beach and Alvor Beach. Vau Beach is ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (73 reviews)

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

Pestana Alvor Park
Apartment Solrio Alvor / 5 people wifi
Apartment Solrio Alvor / 5 people wifi
Located in the heart of Portimao, this condo is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Alvor Boardwalk and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Vau Beach. Alvor Beach and Hospital Alvor are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Excellent apartment
"Very beautiful apartment, good equipment. Good and quiet location. Private garage is top."

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2020

Apartment Solrio Alvor / 5 people wifi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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