Alvor is one of the finest resort towns of the Algarve, and is the ideal destination if you are seeking a relaxed, beach-based holiday. Historically, Alvor was a fortified town and fishing port, which today has developed responsibly into a charming and mature holiday destination.
The town lies on the banks of the Alvor Estuary, overlooking the protected marshlands of Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve, while to the south is the Praia do Alvor, one of the largest sandy beaches of the Algarve. Alvor is a delightful town, with distinctively Portuguese appearance; there are traditional white-washed houses, narrow cobbled streets and small fishing boats pulled up along the banks of the river.
Alvor may be a relatively small town, but it contains a surprisingly large selection of restaurants, shops and late-night bars, all of which are found within the pretty historic centre. Alvor has a calm and welcoming ambience, and a favourite with families during summer, and retirees outside of the peak months.
On our last trip to the Algarve in November 2019 Alvor ‘won’ the competition to find the cheapest beer with several bars offering a pint at less tha 1 Euro !
The nearest major town to Alvor would be Portimao – about 15 minutes by taxi but for the best nightlife a visit to Praia da Rocha and its famous strip is the place to go – also around 15 minutes from Alvor.
From a golfers perspective Alvor is really ‘owned’ by Pestana – whilst there are no golf courses in the town Pestana own and operate 5 hotels in the town – each to suit a variety of budgets and board options. In our opinion the best value All Inclusive option is available at The Delfim in Alvor.
Depending on which of the hotels you prefer it takes between 10 and 20 minutes to walk into town.
A little out of town is the Viking Hotel, also owned by Pestana.
Pestana own 5 golf courses in the Algarve, 4 of which are easily reached from Alvor (about 20 minutes transfer to each) – Gramacho, Pinta, Silves and Alto. The fifth is Vila Sol in Vilamoura.
As is the norm, the best value green fee packages at the Pestana golf courses are reserved for guests staying at any of the groups hotels.
For a golfing treat head to Palmares near Lagos – still under 30 minutes transfer. There are 27 holes of golf including 9 holes (praia) of links style adjacent to the ocean. Our favourite though would be to play the 9 holes of the Alvor course with the 9 holes of the Lagos course – stunning views and teh greens are amongst the best in the Algarve. Not cheap though – expect to pay more than 100 Euro for a round.