Carnival at the Algarve

You also find that you should celebrate carnival best in warm weather? The fifth season is also available in the Algarve. Another good reason to fly to the south of Portugal.

King Momo and his queen are crowned in various cities. Its appearance marks the beginning of the carnival celebrations. Every carnival has its own king Momo, who is often given the key to the city. The funeral of the King on Ash Wednesday is a truly colorful and spectacular spectacle.

The carnival parade in Loulé, with its big carriages and hot sambatine dancers attracts visitors from all over Portugal and is a giant festival over three days! At the same time the almond blossom festival is also celebrated and the moving carriages are often decorated with almond blossoms made of paper. But beware! Of the carriages, eggs and flour are sometimes thrown beside flowers.

Here is an overview of the best carnivals in the Algarve:

  • Altura (near the Spanish border) on 25 and 26 February 2017
  • Loulé on the 25th, 26th and 28th February 2017 on the Avenida José da Costa Mealha
  • São Brás de Alportel on 26th February 2017 on the Avenida da Liberdade, start is 3pm
  • Mexilhoeira Grande (near Portimão) on 26th and 28th February 2017, starting at 3pm
  • Paderne (13 km north of Albufeira) on 26 and 28 February 2017 from 2 pm on the Ruas Principais

Whether you are a jeck or not, it is a colorful, cheerful activity, which not only gives children pleasure. Celebrate with the great parades in the Algarve.



The Algarve

The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost province, is a holiday land for all seasons. Not only the summer months are attractive. Here the sun never goes on vacation and ensures mildly warm temperatures in spring and autumn, which in addition to active travelers as golfers, mountain bikers, horse riders and hikers also attracts those who appreciate peace and tranquility.

Explore the natural and cultural beauties and do not miss out on a delicious, local specialties from kitchen and cellar.

After the first few days of recovery, it is time to look around a bit. Join us through some places in the Algarve. An overview map can be found here.

Rugged, brown-yellow cliffs, sun hot sandy beaches, fertile landscapes with figs, grapes, olives, oranges and almonds, Moorish and Christian traditions, imparting the Algarve the special charm of historically grown cultural diversity. The Algarve offers a unique nature.

Steep rocky coasts in the southwest, on the Atlantic surges, long sandy beaches in the southeast and a forested mountainous hinterland, the Monchique (900m) invites which to hike.

Further interesting information you can find in this Nature-Guide of the Algarve.

Albufeira – For lovers of urban activities

Sandy beaches with colorful fishing boats, great rock formations, excellent gastronomy, quaint pubs, restaurants and bars in the narrow town roads, many water sports and endless entertainment until the early morning hours, alls that offers Albufeira.

The largest resort in the Algarve was from the fishing village. Although many new things emerged retained the white village its charm.

From the pedestrian area can be reached by a rock tunnel directly to the bustling town beach. Another tunnel leads from there to the Praia dos Pescadores, where fishermen and sunbathers share the beach. Here the great water sports can be nothing to be desired and in the vicinity you will also find a number of beaches that are not so much frequented even in midsummer.

Evening draws Albufeira especially at night owls from all over the district. Nowhere on “Europe’s most beautiful coast ‘there are so many bars and nightclubs, nowhere the nights are longer.

An overview map can be found here.

Armacao de Pera – The most popular beach in the Algarve

Armacao de Pera was discovered by the Portuguese as a vacation spot. Many spend their holidays in the homes of friends at the beach you go to so familiar. Today the place is dominated by modern hotels and resorts, which unfortunately are very often fall far too high.

Recommended is definitely a visit on Saturday at the farmers market (in July and August additionally on Wednesdays), where fruit, vegetables and fresh fish can still buy at very reasonable prices, and then pamper yourself in your apartment.


The small, cozy fishing village, the name comes from the Arabic “Albur” back, lies on the delta of the Rio Alvor and is about 1 km from the sea.

Stroll through the charming streets and you definitely do stop at the parish church “Igreja Matritz”. This comes on the 16th century and has a richly decorated, Manueline portal, which is among the most beautiful in the Algarve coast.

Good one kilometer away, the new Alvor, with its sandy beaches of the Praia de Alvor and east bordering the felsumrahmte area of ​​Tres Irmaos Beach.

The water in the summer months knows no limits. For golf lovers there is not far from Alvor some of the biggest golf courses in the Algarve: Penina, Palmares and Alto Golf.

Numerous excellent Local await with their fresh specialties.

An overview map can be found here.

Other destinations:

Fiesa (20.03.-10.02.2016): The sand sculpture – every year under a new theme. 2016 is the theme of “Musica”. More information can be found here:

Hiking: for friends who want to discover the Portuguese flair on foot, there is a lot to see. Many trails through small sleepy villages or in even wilder nature, there are also in close proximity to Bellevue No. 1. You can find detailed proposals here in the hiking guide of Algarve.