Alvor Hotels Algarve, Portugal

Alvor is a quiet fishing village just outside the busy resort of Praia da Rocha. There are many restaurants and bars situated along the promenade and around the harbour. The resort does have one disco so if you are looking for somewhere a bit livelier at night you could take a taxi to neighbouring Praia da Rocha.

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Alvor

Alvor is a lovely fishing village just outside the busy resort of Praia da Rocha. It boasts a long stretch of golden sand beach and a pretty village centre with excellent restaurants and bars playing live music. Best suited to couples, families, or those seeking lazy days and a short taxi ride to lively Praia da Rocha. Transfer time approx 1hr 20min.

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Alvor Hotels (?)

Dunas do Alvor Apartments Photograph of Dunas do Alvor Apartments
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A simple self-catering complex of one-bedroom apartments situated in the centre of the resort, within easy reach of the beach and resort amenities....

4.3 / 5 from 4 reviews

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The Pestana Alvor Park Aparthotel offers self-catering studios and apartments and a good range of facilities on-site and at the nearby sister properties....

4.8 / 5 from 8 reviews

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Contemporary styled and well equipped self catering accommodation with good access to the beach area....

4.5 / 5 from 57 reviews

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The Luna Alvor Village Suites is located in a quiet area of Alvor, near to the Ria de Alvor Natural Reserve, around a 15-minute walk from the centre of Alvor....

4.7 / 5 from 20 reviews

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The Vilamor Apartments offers simple self-catering accommodation in a relaxed environment, with access to an outdoor pool and a bar-restaurant....

4.4 / 5 from 7 reviews

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All Inclusive hotel offering good accommodation and overlooking Tres Irmaos beach, between Portimao and Alvor village, this is an ideal choice for golf and tennis enthusiasts or for those seeking a pe...

4.4 / 5 from 9 reviews

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Overlooking the Alto Golf Course, this small apartment complex offers spacious, well furnished modern accommodation....

4.5 / 5 from 2 reviews

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Set in large cliff-top gardens, the complex boasts ocean views and direct access to the beach....

4 / 5 from 9 reviews

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Forming part of the Dom Joao Village resort, the apartments enjoy an enviable location with direct access to the beach....

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

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The Pestana Dom Joao II Villas forms part of the Pestana Dom Joao II complex, where guests are able to use many of the shared on-site facilities, including two restaurants, three bars, indoor and outd...

3.8 / 5 from 4 reviews

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Set on top of a cliff above the Tres Irmaos beach, this 5-star hotel offers a comfortable environment with a good range of facilities to hand....

4.4 / 5 from 16 reviews

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A small self-catering complex of one and two bedroom apartments situated on the outskirts of the resort. ...

4 / 5 from 1 reviews

Bright and modern studios and apartments with access to the facilities of the Pestana Dom Joao II....

3.7 / 5 from 3 reviews

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This self-catering complex of studios and apartments is well placed for easy access to the beach, Alvor village and the Alto Golf Course....

4.5 / 5 from 2 reviews

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The AlvorMar Apartments is situated in the centre of Alvor, within easy reach of the resort amenities and a short walk from the beach. Accommodation is simple though well equipped providing a comforta...

4.5 / 5 from 26 reviews

The Pestana Dom Joao II Hotel and Beach Resort occupies a prime position on the long sandy Alvor beach. The hotel offers comfortable guest accommodation with a good range of facilities on site and clo...

4 / 5 from 16 reviews

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The Alvor Baia Hotel features a large outdoor swimming pool and separate children's pool, situated on the edge of the resort of Alvor. ...

4.1 / 5 from 8 reviews

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Situated in the Prainha Village Complex, these well equipped apartments are surrounded by gardens, offering comfortable accommodation and access to the complex facilities....

3 / 5 from 1 reviews

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Prainha Clube is located within the Prainha Village Complex where guests have access to all the facilities and services, as well as direct access to the beach....

3.9 / 5 from 7 reviews

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The Yellow Alvor Hotel lies on the outskirts of the Alvor, and offers comfortable guest accommodation with a good range of facilities and a seasonal entertainment programme....

2 / 5 from 1 reviews

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A self-catering complex situated on the edge of Alvor, offering simple accommodation with access to an outdoor pool....

3.8 / 5 from 5 reviews

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Comfortable accommodation in a central location making it the ideal spot to enjoy the resort amenities....

3.9 / 5 from 26 reviews

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Spacious and well equipped self-catering apartments, with optional All Inclusive programme, provide a good base to explore the resort and beaches....

3 / 5 from 5 reviews

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The Club Alvor Golf Apartments offers simple self-catering accommodation on the outskirts of Alvor. The complex benefits from an outdoor swimming pool, childrens pool and play-area....

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The Pestana Alvor South Beach Hotel is a boutique property with modern furnishings, situated on the Alvor beachfront and just a 10-minute walk from the village centre....

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The Quinta da Praia Apartments are situated between the Alvor beach and Alvor's old town....

Alvor Reviews

Holiday Date:11th Sep 2017
Accommodation:Alto Fairways Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Been here several times, always enjoy superb beach and some excellent restaurants.

Holiday Date:10th Sep 2017
Accommodation:Pestana Alvor Park Aparthotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Nice place, lots of lovely restaurants and one excellent coffee shop / bakery. Fantastic beach. River trip well worth going on.

Holiday Date:9th Sep 2017
Accommodation:Luna Alvor Bay Hotel
Room:Studio - Sea View
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Have been going here for the last 18 years. We just love it. Great restaurants, fabulous beach, very friendly people.

Holiday Date:5th Sep 2017
Accommodation:Dunas do Alvor Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Pleasant village with good restaurants.

Holiday Date:3rd Sep 2017
Accommodation:AlvorMar Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Love Alvor great beach, lovely restaurants,and great entertainment in the bars.

Holiday Date:29th Aug 2017
Accommodation:Luna Alvor Bay Hotel
Room:Studio - Sea View
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Restaurants all of good standard though main area down to harbour very noisy, not for a romantic meal! Beach is fantastic with lots of sunbeds.

Holiday Date:23rd Aug 2017
Accommodation:Pestana Delfim Beach and Golf Hotel
Room:Single - Sea View
Board:All Inclusive
(5 suns)

Lovely place. Great choice of bars and restaurants. People lovely and very helpful.

Holiday Date:16th Aug 2017
Accommodation:Pestana Alvor Park Aparthotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Plenty of bars and restaurants within a short walk from the hotel and some lovely beaches.

Holiday Date:10th Aug 2017
Accommodation:Prainha Village
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Room Only
(5 suns)

The whole family ate in Alvor every night - it is pretty, quaint and lively - just right for the whole family.

Holiday Date:11th Jul 2017
Accommodation:Luna Alvor Bay Hotel
Room:Studio
Board:Self Catering
( suns)

Loved Alvor and I prefer it to Albufeira where we previously stayed. The beaches were beautiful and lots of coves. Night life was quieter and laid back with lots of good restaurants and many bars. Not as hilly as other resorts. The boardwalk is great to explore Alvor. Also easy to get to other resorts for trip out. Lagos and Praia da Rocha were easy too. I will definitely return to Alvor.

Holiday Date:3rd Jul 2017
Accommodation:Dunas do Alvor Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Lovely restaurants, plenty of bars, near a great beach. Really quaint place. Would recommend it.

Holiday Date:1st Jul 2017
Accommodation:Pestana Alvor Praia Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

We love Alvor, a former fishing village. There are some fabulous restaurants there. We have noticed it gets busier each year especially with more and more large families and noisy karaoke bars.

Holiday Date:20th Jun 2017
Accommodation:Club Alvorferias Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Plenty of good restaurants to visit and reasonable prices too. Lots of shops, no hassle from locals.

Holiday Date:18th Jun 2017
Accommodation:Luna Alvor Bay Hotel
Room:Studio - Side Sea View
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Loved Alvor, the boardwalk, the beach and the town just fabulous, loads of choice for restaurants, had a great week, was sorry to leave, wished I had booked 10 days.

Holiday Date:17th Jun 2017
Accommodation:Prainha Clube Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt - Pool View
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Good selection of restaurants. Daily market in centre of Alvor, better fruits etc. than the supermarkets. Also note Sunday market by the harbour.

Holiday Date:14th Jun 2017
Accommodation:Prainha Village
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Great atmosphere, restaurants and service.

Holiday Date:12th Jun 2017
Accommodation:Luna Alvor Bay Hotel
Room:Studio - Side Sea View
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Perfect relaxing resort with lovely cobbled streets! Fell in love with this place.

Holiday Date:12th Jun 2017
Accommodation:Pestana Alvor Atlantico Residences Beach Suites
Room:Superior Studio - Sea View
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

3rd time in Alvor, a wonderful little village.

Holiday Date:7th Jun 2017
Accommodation:Luna Alvor Village Suites
Room:Classic Studio
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Been many times and there's just that something that hooks you and brings you back time after time. So many good things to say about it but above everything else it's the people who make it what it is.

Holiday Date:5th Jun 2017
Accommodation:Dunas do Alvor Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Beautiful streets with so much character, plenty to do and see but yet so relaxing. My 2nd year to visit and I'll be back again.

Holiday Date:2nd Jun 2017
Accommodation:Vilamor Apartments
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Have visited Alvor for 15 years. It's simply lovely. Very family friendly. But for us adults great too.

Holiday Date:1st Jun 2017
Accommodation:Pestana Dom Joao II Hotel and Beach Resort
Room:Double Or Twin - Land View
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Did not want to come home, fantastic.

Holiday Date:30th May 2017
Accommodation:Pestana Alvor Park Aparthotel
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Room Only
( suns)

Ria Vista, Vagabonodos and Shenanigans are great places to eat and drink, would definitely recommend.

Holiday Date:20th May 2017
Accommodation:Pestana Dom Joao II Villas Resort
Room:3 Bedroom Villa
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

We love it here it was our 3rd time at Alvor and not the last I hope. It has lots of atmosphere but not too busy.

Holiday Date:17th May 2017
Accommodation:Luna Alvor Bay Hotel
Room:Classic Studio
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Alvor is a lovely place to stay, great beach and the boardwalk right along the beach is delightful easy walking.

Holiday Date:17th May 2017
Accommodation:Luna Alvor Village Suites
Room:Studio - Pool View
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Great town, everything needed for a great holiday. Good restaurants, good atmosphere. Hotel fantastic, great staff, good quality accommodation.

Holiday Date:17th May 2017
Accommodation:Luna Alvor Bay Hotel
Room:Studio - Side Sea View
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Lots of pubs and restaurants, great beaches.

Holiday Date:16th May 2017
Accommodation:Vilamor Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Small fishing village with lots of fish restaurants and plenty of shops to browse. Small narrow streets which adds to the feel of the place.

Holiday Date:13th May 2017
Accommodation:Dunas do Alvor Apartments
Room:2 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

First visit to Alvor, found some very good restaurants and really enjoyed eating out. Beach was lovely.

Holiday Date:13th May 2017
Accommodation:Luna Alvor Bay Hotel
Room:Studio - Sea View
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Lovely Alvor, wonderful fish restaurants, walk along the boardwalk on beach, its a lovely beach and the little shops and church must to visit.

Holiday Date:4th May 2017
Accommodation:Luna Alvor Bay Hotel
Room:Classic Studio
Board:Self Catering
(4 suns)

Beautiful beaches and scenery.

Holiday Date:3rd May 2017
Accommodation:Luna Alvor Bay Hotel
Room:Studio - Side Sea View
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

The last time we stayed in Alvor was 17 years ago. We found it had changed considerably. Some things we thought had changed for the good ie the walks around the bay on the board walks and not so good was how commercialised it had become but I suppose that's progress. But what we definitely did enjoy was the Lunar Alvor Bay hotel, which would make us return to Alvor. We had a lovely room with gorgeous views over the sea towards Lagos and the harbour in Alvor.

Holiday Date:25th Apr 2017
Accommodation:Luna Alvor Bay Hotel
Room:Studio - Sea View
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Lovely town. Lots of wonderful places to eat.

Holiday Date:24th Apr 2017
Accommodation:Club Alvorferias Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Lovely area, lots nice restaurants and bars in area with a good relaxed feel about the town.

Holiday Date:9th Apr 2017
Accommodation:Vilamor Apartments
Room:1 Bedroom Apt
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Loved it, quiet and very friendly. We did the Historical Algarve tour while we were there, was worth the money booked it through Alvor Travel in Alvor centre recommend them.

Holiday Date:6th Apr 2017
Accommodation:Alvor Baia Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin
Board:All Inclusive
(5 suns)

Local harbour and restaurants lovely.

Holiday Date:29th Mar 2017
Accommodation:Pestana Dom Joao II Hotel and Beach Resort
Room:Double Or Twin - Land View
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

First visited Alvor in 2000 and have returned 12 times, which speaks for itself. Last visit was in 2014 when we were pleased to see boardwalks on nature reserve and delighted this time to see these have been extended so far (a pity cyclists will not use their bells though). It is a marvellous place for walking, many birds to be seen and in Spring a proliferation of interesting and colourful flowers. There are so many excellent restaurants, wonderful to have a lunch overlooking the harbour, or dinner at O Luis on the beach! As my daughter said 'what is there not to like about Alvor '!

Holiday Date:28th Dec 2016
Accommodation:Pestana Dom Joao II Villas Resort
Room:3 Bedroom Villa
Board:Self Catering
(5 suns)

Alvor itself is a beautiful typical fishing village of Portugal that has not been completely taken over by tourists. The tourists are guests to the town where the Portugese people work and live. The restaurants are lovely with typical Portuguese food being served. We found a lovely cafe on our walk to the town where we had coffee and lunch. Beco de Alvor is a lovely cafe run by a great lady and her staff. Every thing is cooked fresh to order so you do have to wait a little longer than normal for your food but it is worth it. It is kept very clean and tidy and even the toilets down stairs are extremely clean and well kept. We would make a point of going back there again. The Navigador on the beach front is also a great restaurant to visit. Walking by the marina is great as you can see the Nature Reserve and where the Fishermen come in directly to the restaurants so you know what you are getting is very fresh. A great place. There are plenty of shops and 2 main supermarkets to do your shopping.

Holiday Date:22nd Oct 2016
Accommodation:Luna Alvor Village Suites
Room:Studio
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(5 suns)

Short distance from the town centre, great cheap food, beautiful beaches.

Holiday Date:21st Oct 2016
Accommodation:Alvor Baia Hotel
Room:Junior Suite
Board:Half Board
(4 suns)

Very relaxing village, with lovely harbour with lots of fish restaurants. Boardwalk full length of the beach, must be 2 miles long with lots of bars and cafes.

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Beaches

The beach at Alvor (Praia de Alvor) is more of a sandy outcrop, separating the Atlantic Ocean from the lagoon of the river. There is plenty space to play beach sports or to simply lie and relax, whatever you fancy. There are sunbeds and umbrellas for hire and there are a couple of restaurants should you need something to eat or even just a drink. There are also many watersports available here, such as sailing, windsurfing, pedalos and motorised sports.

Beach of the three brothers (Praia dos Tres Imaos) is situated at the Eastern end of Alvor and gets it's name from the three tall rock formations that rise from the ground and tower over the sands. There are rolling sand dunes to the back of the beach which back on to the lagoon formed by the Alvor River. The many walkways over the dunes are perfect for cycling and nature spotting.

Things to Do

A popular activity for both residents and tourists is cycling. The flat, clear roads make for perfect conditions and it is a great way to explore the village and the different landscapes. It is also a great place for those who enjoy walking and there are many tracks so that people can get to see a lot of the resort on foot. Horse riding is also popular here and there are many centres which provide lessons and trekks for beginners and the more experienced rider.

For the more active, there are many tennis courts where it is possible to either hire or purchase tennis equipment. Sticking with the sporting theme, there are tons of golf courses in the region, many of which are in Alvor. There are 30 courses already with even more planned for the future. Golf is very popular here and many people come from all over the world to enjoy the beautiful courses.

Built at some point before the 12th century, the Alvor Castle is one of the main historical landmarks and worth a visit. Only the turrets and two sections of the wall remain intact but it is still an important historical attraction. Igreja Matriz Divino Salvador, one of the most attractive churches in the Algarve is situated in Alvor. The church is a great example of Manueline architecture and presides over the whole town. There is also the ruins of the Roman Villa Abicada which are situated just outside the town centre. The ruins are in great need of restoration but certainly of interest to any history buffs.

Out and About

There are plenty of restaurants on offer in Alvor, so whether you fancy trying some freshly prepared seafood in one of the harbour front restaurants or you would rather stick to something a little more traditional, there is something here to suit. As Alvor is quite family orientated, you will also find something to suit the little ones.

From cocktail bars, to Irish bars and wine bars, there is a bar to suit everyone and the entertainment can last well into the night so be prepared to party. There are also a lot of traditional bars if you just fancy a quiet drink.

There are plenty of markets in Alvor which is great for those who choose to go on a self catering holiday. There is a great choice of fruit and vegetables and not to mention freshly caught fish, at great prices. There are the normal touristy shops in Alvor but you will also find some nice little jewellery shops and other shops selling ceramics and basketware.

Nearby Attractions

There is lots to do in the surrounding area but one of the more popular things to do is a visit to Lagos Zoo. The zoo is aimed at conserving the environment and it's habitat while educating it's visitors on conservation and is home to many different species of animals and plants. Although it is a small zoo, you will get the chance to interact with some of the animals in the petting zoo. There is also a children's playground, picnic area, snack bar and restaurant here which makes it the ideal place for a family day out.

Another popular family day out is the Slide and Splash water park in Lagos which is said to be the largest water park in Portugal. Not only are there some large, scary rides, there is also a jacuzzi, an Olympic sized swimming pool and plenty of rides and attractions for younger children. The many slides and water related activities make this a favourite with the whole family.

If you want to combine water and animals, take a trip to Zoomarine, Portugal's only animal and marine park. There are dolphin shows, sea lion shows, water birds, birds of prey, a great aquarium and also an alligator compound. You can also take some time out and relax by the pool or have some fun on the amusement rides, whatever you choose to do, the whole family will have a great day out.

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