The Algarve may not always be associated with history and culture. For the most part people flock there year after year on holidays for the fabulous weather, the gorgeous beaches and the great nightlife. But the whole area, and especially the quaint fishing village of Alvor, is steeped in history, altogether making it the perfect holiday for just about anybody!
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The weather in the Alvor tends to follow the same pattern from year to year. Winters are cooler with occasional rain but still very mild. Summers are hot and usually very dry with sunshine from morning to night. Temperatures are usually in 30° Celsius, so remember your sun tan lotion to stay safe on your Alvor holidays!
Alvor is just five miles west of the popular resort of Portimao. Its main feature is the four mile long Torralta beach, which is a stunning stretch of white sand and clear blue waters. The beach is less crowded than many of the other resorts on the island and features several caves and coves, perfect for a romantic getaway. But if that’s not enough, holidaymakers can travel a short distance towards Portimao where the beautiful Praia da Rocha beach can be found.
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Sports fans will feel at home in Alvor as there are plenty on offer. From watersports to horse riding and golf there is something for everyone. Also be sure to check out the Quinta da Rocha, a fantastic nature reserve that kids will love. Off course the main attraction for anyone going on holidays to Alvor will be the spectacular beaches that this area is blessed with. Sweeping bays backed with stunning cliffs encapsulate the spirit and relaxing atmosphere around Alvor.
It is thought Alvor was first occupied in 716 AD by the Moors. They called it Albur and it was under the control of the Moors and the Portuguese on various occasions before 1250 when the Christians conquered it for the final time. Portuguese ruler, King Don Joao II is said to have died in the 1495. The remains of his castle can still be found in the village along with those of a 16th century church. To really sample Alvor’s fascinating history and culture time your visit with one of the village’s festivals. The most popular are Feira de Alvor on March 17th and the Town Holiday on December 11th.
It may only be a small village but there’s still enough nightlife in Alvor to keep everyone entertained. Take a walk down to the promenade which, at night, is beautifully lit up and features plenty of bars and restaurants. Of course, being a fishing village, there are plenty of excellent fish restaurants with views across the waterfront.
While Alvor is a great place for a relaxing evening watching the sunset dipping into the Atlantic, nearby Lagos is where you want to be for a fun night out. With plenty of quality restaurants, bars and cafes, a night out in Lagos is something to revel in!
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Alvor is one of the few popular holiday resorts that have managed to retain traditional charm while offering all the modern comforts and conveniences you expect from a holiday. It’s in a prime location with easy access to other resorts and offers something for all ages. How many more reasons do you need to visit? On the Beach has some great deals on Alvor holidays so book now and go see what all the fuss is about for yourself!