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.
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: www.fiesa.org.
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.