The region of Sao Bras de Alportel is one of Portugal’s fastest growing tourist destinations. It is located some 11 miles from Faro and has an interesting history: originally a Roman settlement, it was later inhabited by the Moors. Sao Bras de Alportel's architectural style is a mix of old and new, with typical white Algarvean houses found among grand old merchant houses from its wealthy past as a centre for cork production. Today, Sao Bras de Alportel is a centre for tourism. Whatever it is that lures a traveller here, all it takes is HomeAway to find a apartment in Sao Bras de Alportel.
Be it a luxurious Sao Bras de Alportel villa with an amazing view of the sea, or a Sao Bras de Alportel rental home for multiple families where everyone can barbecue in the garden by the pool, HomeAway has got the right accommodation in Sao Bras de Alportel. Travellers can also find accommodations in Faro, and those looking to stay right on the beach can find a selection of holiday homes in Carvoeiro.
The Fonte Férrea is a charming picnic area located just north of Sao Bras de Alportel. Numerous fresh and cool spring water pools provide refreshing relief on those hot summer days. The scenery is impressive and the location is family friendly. It is also the site of a summer music festival each August.
This family fun location is found in Guia, about six miles from Albufeira. Dolphin and sea lion shows run throughout the year, providing fun for children as well as adults. There are also birds of prey and tropical bird shows. Numerous stands with food and drink can be found throughout the park.
José Nobre home and museum:
One of the most famous people to emerge out of the Sao Bras de Alportel area was the painter José Nobre. His home is now open to the public in the form of a museum. Personal artefacts as well as paintings are on display in this interesting museum.
The City of Faro:
The city of Faro is a mere 11 miles from Sao Bras de Alportel, making it an easy day trip. A stroll around the old city, or 'Cidade Velha' is fun, as is a stop at the Faro Cathedral. The restaurants and shopping are great.
Centro Museológico do Alportel
The Centro Museológico do Alportel was founded in 2005 and is a space dedicated to outlining the unique history of the region. It also serves as an event centre and houses numerous exhibits, concerts, and meetings throughout the year.
Sao Bras de Alportel church:
This beautiful church was originally built in the 15th century but was completely demolished in the devastating earthquake of 1755. What visitors see today was built after the earthquake and completed in the 19th century. From the church, guests are offered spectacular views of the countryside.
Summers in Sao Bras de Alportel are warm and sunny. Average daytime temperatures range between 27°C in June and upwards of 30°C in late July and August. The sea is delightfully warm in summer with temperatures between 22-25°C. Rainfall is uncommon between June and September. Fall and winter are generally mild with temperatures around 12-17°C.
Sao Bras de Alportel is about 11 miles from Faro Airport (FAO). Direct flights to and from most major European airports are available year-round. To reach Sao Bras de Alportel, hiring a car or taking a taxi is the easiest option. The N2 highway guides drivers directly to Sao Bras de Alportel in about 20 minutes. There is no train station in Sao Bras de Alportel, though there is a bus station with regular services to and from Faro."