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Hotels and Apartments in Alvor

A visit to Alvor can be much more than just a beach holiday, as there are many interesting things to do apart from lazing on the picturesque beaches of Algarve. There are ample hotels and apartments in Alvor that you can make a base to explore all the lovely attractions that the place has to offer.

The town is not that expensive to stay so you can plan your low cost holiday by simply booking flight and hotels in Alvor in advance. From luxury 5-star hotels to budget-friendly self-catering apartments, there are plenty of choices to suit every taste and budget of even the most discerning traveller. The hotels are available in the centre of the town, beachfront, up on the cliff top and near the lovely river estuary, offering an excellent range of modern facilities, perfect for a relaxing Alvor holiday.


Alvor is a seaside resort nestled on the banks of the Odiáxere River. This fishing village in Algarve is within a short walking distance from one of the largest sandy beaches of southern Portugal. The resort has developed responsibly into a lively beach holiday destination over the years yet holds a charming and traditional feel. Traditional Portuguese house, narrow cobbled streets and small fishing boats along the banks of the river gives it a distinct character, attracting millions of visitors every year.

The resort may not have many tourist attractions but it lies to the west of the Algarve that make it an ideal base to explore the popular places of the Portugal. Even if you don’t want to explore other places, Alvor can be an ideal holiday destination as it has a classic Portuguese charm, some of the best Algarve beaches and a pleasant laid back ambiance. Considering its size, you’ll still find a variety of accommodation in Alvor that are well-facilitated with all modern amenities to offer a relaxing stay. Choose from an extensive selection of cheap hotels in Alvor and self-catering apartments, surrounded by cozy bars, restaurants and shops.

Where to stay

A small and pretty Portuguese fishing town, Alvor offers a relaxed holiday base to visitors looking for a break in a quaint yet lively destination. Accommodation in Alvor is plenty and are offered in different styles from traditional to modern.

The town is distinctively Portuguese in appearance and which is well reflected in the hotels, apartments and houses here. If you want to live like a local and need more flexibility, choose to stay in self-catering apartment in Alvor and if you seek something luxurious book yourself a resort by the beach side. There is a selection of cheap hotels in Alvor, which are available in immediate vicinity. From cheap to luxurious properties, hotels in Alvor very well caters to the families, children and guests in search of a lively and relaxed holiday base.

Things to do

An ideal seaside resort, Alvor is perfect holiday destination for families, couples and group of friends as it has everything needed for a relaxing as well as adventurous break. During your stay in the resort, you’ll enjoy plenty of activities in and around Alvor. Whether you are interested in lazing on the soft sandy and finest beaches of Algarve or want to try some daring watersports like jet ski or parasailing, or go out for a guided tour to a spot for fishing, you will get it all here. A water park and many golf courses are also there within short distance from the resort.

Families can plan a day out and visit Lagos Zoo in Barão de São João, which is only 40 minutes away. From fishing trips and boat trips to exploring the caves around Lagos, Alvor equally caters to families with young children and young tourists. One of the best attractions of Alvor’s is the elevated wide walkways that cross the sand dunes and mud flats of the Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve. You can enjoy leisurely walk and adore the scenic beauty. Overall, Alvor holiday is going to full of fun and excitement for all age group.


Nightlife in the Algarve is exciting and fun - Alvor is no exception. There are a variety of evening and late night entertainment opportunities for both families and couples, looking to spend a great nightout in Alvor holiday.

From a variety of chic bars, casual restaurants and lively clubs to choose from, visitors will be spoilt for choices whether you want a glitzy party or a quiet cocktail. Most of the restaurants caters to mixed visitors from all ages after the sundown and here the nightlife starts little early. You can enjoy a delicious meal on the harbour on the lively streets and any sophisticated restaurant or unwind with an exotic drink at any chic bar. With a great happy hour and daily specials, the bars are an ideal place to start your wonderful evening and continue until morning. Paddy’s Bar, Black Stove Irish Bar and Michaels Bar are some great venues to enjoy nightlife in Alvor.

What to eat

Visitors will find a plenty of amazing restaurants in Alvor to enjoy a relaxing meal against a stunning backdrop and an intimate setting. If you know where to look, a great variety of restaurants and eating joints will cater to your specific taste and budget. Alvor’s harbour area is worth a visit to savour some best food in the town including seafood to Portugal’s culinary specialities. If enjoying delicious meal with a view is your ideal of perfect holiday, then Buzio Restaurant in the Prainha area is the best pick for you. From lovely restaurants in the harbour region to the hidden gems in unknown places, there are unlimited choices for the visitors to savour traditionally prepared Portuguese dishes to exotic European offerings that will surely please you.


Alvor is popular for its distinct shopping opportunities just like other things like beaches and golf courses. You’ll find plenty of shops, boutiques, malls and supermarkets selling from homemade goods to designer brands. However, the resort is a great place to buy locally made products, including different types of hand painted ceramics, basketware, jewellery, leather goods and other popular mementos that visitors can take home.

The local markets in Alvor offers excellent value for money and is full of surprises including fragrant and colourful fruit and vegetables to the freshly caught fishes which can be a great help if you are on self-catering holidays. Whatever you are looking for from food markets to souvenir shops, you are sure to find it here right on your doorstep.

Things to know

Plan to visit Alvor during the spring or early autumn months, to enjoy a pleasant warm weather. The resort remains close for winter in October and again reopens for Easter. Alvor is popular for its big and beautiful sunny beach, with fine expanse of soft sand and waves that attract many surfers. The resort is a great family holiday destination as it boasts several interesting things for the kids also, including water parks and zoo. Since the resort is quite small, the best way to explore it is by foot and you’ll be able to explore the centre by walking. Taxis are also available if you want to pay a visit to the nearby towns.

Fast Facts About Alvor (Algarve)

  • Nearest Airports: Faro Airport (FAO)
  • Flight time: 2 hours 45 minutes
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  • Official Language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Euro (€)



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10/10 Amazing

17 July 2011

Alvor - Great for relaxation

We always enjoy a stay in Alvor, not too busy and a very relaxed atmosphere.

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The food is too good to miss.

10/10 Amazing

11 November 2010

quiet fishing town

Love it, Love it, Love it. Alvor is reasonably quiet in that there's no loud night clubs and no large groups of teenagers, however I would recommend this place to anyone, there's loads of bars and restaurants, the Albar is one of the best places to eat it's central to the town and used by most of the locals, most of the bars are open til early morning. There's loads of Irish bars, most of which have live entertainment during the season, we went with the children, two boys 18 & 23, and both of them would go back again. It's also nice and central to hire a car and visit other places in the algarve, the new race track at portimao is about 20 min drive.

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the Albar

10/10 Amazing

18 June 2012


Lovely quaint fishing village. Lots of great fish restaurants. Good base for exploring Western Algarve. Beaches to die for!

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10/10 Amazing

21 April 2012

\still relatively quiet and accessible to pretty well everywhere along the coast

Great restaurant selection, especially Ruccula, Big Red's, Os Marafados. Great flights along the coast from the local airport. Try the Skydive Challenge. I did and am very glad I did. Their oldest customer (to date) was 94 years of age!! For shopping further afield, try Lagos to the west as Portimao has gone steeply downhill.

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Skydiving, Ruccula Restaurant

10/10 Amazing

15 June 2011

Lovely place - perfect for families

Alvor is a lovely town with a variety of restaurants, cafes & bars to choose from each day - Villa 45 was our favourite restaurant. The harbour is a quaint place to stroll past & the beach is excellent. We found a lovely place with rocks & caves for our little ones to explore. The play park is also a good find if you have children, very well maintained.

The best thing about my stay was ...

The beach

10/10 Amazing

18 June 2012

stayed in alvor

lovely peaceful place

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good irish bars lovely fish restuarants in the harbour

10/10 Amazing

21 November 2011

One of the nicest places we have ever been on holidays

What can I say about Alvor only that we love it. As we have children, the main part of our holiday is eating out so you could not be in a better place. If you like fish, you are in heaven. All I can say is that one restaurant is as good as the next. The Green Door is one of our favourites and is geat value, but I don't think we got a bad meal in any of the restaurants we have tried over the years. Alvor in a lovely quaint little fishing village with lots of little cobbled streets (not suitable for your highheels). I love walking down the narrow main street towards the little harbour, when the sun is going down. As for the beach it is fab. You can walk for miles. I love going down as far as the rocks and going through the caves and over the little foot bridge as you have some lovely small coves surrended by the most beautiful cliff coastline, with a little bar/restaurant set in the rocks.

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10/10 Amazing

19 June 2012

Very nice

Great little village.. Plenty of restaurants and bars. Beach very nice and clean.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Relaxed atmosphere

10/10 Amazing

05 September 2011

Loved it

Loved Alvor great spot, reasonable restaurants with lovely food. Fantastic beach. Would definitely go back.

10/10 Amazing

07 October 2013


We have been to Alvor many times and will keep returning,may sound boring but the centre of alvor is fantastic They have many fabulous resturants and we enjoy going there in the evenings to eat out and enjoy the delicious food and lovely wine.Every one is so friendly in all the bars and resturants and you can wander around the cobbled streets and feel safe at night.

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10/10 Amazing

18 August 2017

Beautiful beaches & seafood restaurants

Love it 😍 lots of lovely restaurants down at seafront & great cocktail bars but my favourite was the beautiful beach. You could walk for miles. Will Definitely be going back!

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10/10 Amazing

15 April 2012


Lovely town, with breathtaking views, friendly laid back people. Road speed limit low so easy to drive there. Very reasonable to eat and drink out. Family friendly restaurants with kids menu. Nice for shopping.

10/10 Amazing

18 November 2011

Beach Shops Restaurants & Bars

Love the place Fantastic Beach Great Restaurants & Bars. Nice little shops to roam around.

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10/10 Amazing

14 July 2011

Love Alvor

Have visited alvor at least twice a year for 14 years. First time at Dom Joao.

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Great restaurants, beaches etc.

10/10 Amazing

06 April 2019

Another amazing stay!!!

My third trip to Alvor once with my partner and another couple once with my partner and this time with my daughter niece and sister in law and this place gets better every time I visit it is beautiful

The best thing about my stay was ...

The boardwalk the harbour and the Caniço and beautiful beaches

10/10 Amazing

28 September 2012



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10/10 Amazing

17 October 2011


Beautful location and wonderful people.

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Breathtaking views

10/10 Amazing

11 June 2012

very lively in the evenings

very central close to portomio, very quiet during the day in the town, but at night its a great pleasure to walk amonst the busy resturants and bars all very atmospheric.great

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quiet, but busy at night not to be missed

10/10 Amazing

15 September 2017

A great location

Alvor is a lovely relaxed fishing town with great restaurants and such friendly people along with a stunning harbor at sunset.

The best thing about my stay was ...

People and restaurants

10/10 Amazing

19 June 2013

very enjoyable

Lovely restaurants and simple places to eat. Large shopping centre not too far.

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