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Destination guide

Explore the beauty of Alvor from holiday lettings

Love the whitewashed fishing homes of Albufeira, but not sure about the buzzing crowds after dark? Sold on the Algarve's shimmering yellow beaches, but don't want the hustle of Lagos? Enter Alvor. Small, sleepy and surrounded by coastline so wonderful it'll have you snapping photographs at every turn, it's a more cerebral alternative to the hotspots of the south coast. With Alvor holiday rentals perched upon the pine-studded cliffs and dotted along the edge of the Odiaxere River, it isn't hard to find a taste of the old Algarve here.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Alvor holiday lettings

Choose an Alvor holiday rental close to Praia Tres Irmaos or Praia Alvor and wake up to the sound of crashing waves and the smell of salty breezes straight from the Atlantic. Explore some of the most-handsome beaches in the Algarve or hit the boardwalk trails of the Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve, a corner of the region that not many people see. Coalescing around the end of the Odiaxere River, the reserve forms a beautiful estuary of grasses and wetlands, where rare birds and animals can be seen in an abundance.

Activities

Fun things to do near Alvor holiday homes

Leaving the high-adrenaline pursuits and hedonism for its neighbouring resort towns, Alvor seems content with the more laid-back side of life. Whether enjoying 18 holes in the shade of royal palm trees on one of the nearby golf courses or browning yourself on the sands of Praia da Rocha, you can rest assured there's plenty here to help you unwind. Dolphin watching, boat trips and bouts of traditional seafood can also be thrown in for good measure.

Day trips

Best excursions near Alvor holiday homes

Alvor is the ideal base camp to explore the Algarve region. Holiday homes are available near places like Ria Formosa, a set of barrier islands with hiking and biking trails near beautiful beaches, and Ponta da Piedade, a scenic coastal rock formation with caves and grottoes to explore by boat. You could also visit Tavira Island, a small island with white-sand beaches, and Praia Dona Ana, a serene cove beach with colourful cliffs and clear waters.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Alvor holiday homes

Alvor follows the same pattern as the rest of the beach towns along the south coast of the Algarve. Most travellers book the high summer months of June, July and August, when the mercury regularly hits peaks of 30 degrees in the daytime. However, Alvor holiday rentals aren't always as in-demand as those in neighbouring resorts and you can usually find the perfect pad with a pool or sea views even during the warmest and most-popular period of the year.

Natural features

Enjoy the great outdoors in Alvor

One side of Alvor faces the Atlantic Ocean and is lined with a duo of beaches, Praia Tres Irmaos and Praia Alvor. These rank among the most handsome in Portugal, with boulder-spotted shores, frothing waves and dolphin pods out at sea. The other side of the city faces the Odiaxere River, offering something unique with its wetlands and brackish lagoons. You can see the best of these at the Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve, a haven for birders and hikers that sprawls between the coast and the dunes.

Beaches

Best beaches near Alvor holiday homes

Alvor boasts an array of beaches that cater to different traveller types. Holiday homes put you within reach of places like João de Arens Beach, a quiet beach with dramatic rock formations, and Vau Beach, a sandy beach with unique cliffs and turquoise waters. You could also visit Beach Alvor Nascente, a broad, bustling beach with sand dunes and calm waters for children.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Alvor

Fly into Portimao (PRM), the closest airport, located 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Faro (FAO-Faro Intl.), which is 34.8 mi (56 km) away.

How many holiday rentals are available around Alvor?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 4,648 holiday lettings around Alvor. From 1,164 villas to 2,519 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Alvor?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Alvor:

  • Alagoas: 137 holiday homes
  • Porto de Mós: 363 holiday homes
  • Benagil: 696 holiday homes
  • Lagos Centre: 680 holiday homes
  • Telheiro: 615 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Alvor?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Alvor. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Le Meridien Penina Golf: 7,722 holiday lettings
  • Tres Irmaos Beach: 7,658 holiday lettings
  • Hospital Alvor: 7,781 holiday lettings
  • Lagos Marina: 5,992 holiday lettings
  • Monchique Thermal Springs: 6,191 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Alvor listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Alvor?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 1,164 Villas in Alvor. Our other popular types of Alvor holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 2,519 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 709 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 66 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Alvor?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 3,144 holiday homes with pool available in Alvor. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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