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The fishing village of Alvor is littered with spectacular beaches and stunning rock formations

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Alvor beaches

The vibrant Western Algarve resort of Alvor, which has sprung up around an attractive whitewashed fishing village, wows holidaymakers with its expansive sandy beaches, first-rate seafood and idyllic location overlooking the Bay of Lagos. The nefarious nightlife of Praia da Rocha is also within easy reach. Whether meandering through the narrow cobbled streets of Alvor's historic core, unfurling a towel on the beach, or taking a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, holidaymakers quickly slip into the leisurely pace of local life. A smorgasbord of watersports awaits those who still want to get active. Meanwhile year-round sunshine makes a game of golf at one of the nearby courses attractive at any time of year.


Praia do Alvor boasts kilometres of golden sand, where you will find a private spot to unfurl your towel even at the height of the summer. Heading east past the Torralta holiday complex, Praia dos Tres Iramos is spectacularly backed by golden cliffs.

Beyond the beach

East of Alvor, Aqualand Algarve in Alcantarilha ( is one of the region's premier water parks. Myriad swimming pools help keep you cool, while the terrifying drops of the Kamikaze and Banzai Boggan water rides offer a thrilling day out. You can also go horse riding, play golf, go motorbike scrambling or play paintball near the resort.

Family fun

Alvor is excellent for families with kilometres of sandy beach. Youngsters can build sandcastles, ride pedalos and splash in the sea, while older children can join in the thrill of a banana boat or donut ride, as well as trying their hand at watersports that range from canoeing to sailing.

Exploring further

The inland village of Silves is one of the Algarve's best-kept secrets. Getting here is all part of the fun with a boat trip from Portimao along the River Arade. After taking in the view from the ramparts of the Moorish castle (the biggest in the Algarve), meander through the Almedina's tight warren of medieval streets as they tumble down towards the river. No visit to Silves is complete without dining on fiery piri piri chicken by the river.

Splashing out

Head to the spa at the Pestana Alvor Praia (, which offers a diverse range of pampering treats including facials, massage and hot-stone therapy. For the ultimate in self-indulgence, book a half-day package that incorporates body exfoliation, a facial, spa pedicure and Indian head massage.

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