Alvor has character and charm - James and Joanna. Date of travel: Jun 2009
Alvor is not too touristy and has a lot of character with cobbled streets and limited traffic. The main part is pedestrianised. There is an excellent selection of restaurants here, many serving fish. One word of warning - you pay for fish by weight so you could end up paying a lot more than you expect. There are some bars and a good choice of shops. The harbour is picturesque. The long sandy beach is about a 10 minute walk from the centre.
Alvor still retains some authenticity - Janine and Joseph. Date of travel: Sep 2008
Alvor has cobbled streets, a good selection of restaurant and is not over commercialised. The beach is 10 minutes outside the town and it does not get too crowded.
I love Alvor - Margarida Jones. Date of travel: Aug 2008
I love Alvor, it's one of my favorite places in the Algarve. The beaches are very safe and clean. Most of the hotels are very good and not expensive. My favourite restaurants are: Restaurante Casa do Rio which I suggest the best fresh fish, tiger prawns, Cataplanas and Steaks. They have the best view over Alvor Bay and the most delicious deserts. We also love Pizzeria Langolo, Restaurante Ababuja and Restaurante 5 Quinas on the Beach.
Friendly but expensive - Sandra. Date of travel: Jun 2008
Friendly but expensive
Visited Alvor in June 2008. It is a lovely resort with a nice atmosphere. Beautiful beaches. Found it very expensive though which would prevent me going back in the near future. Too many Irish bars which obviously were opened for the many Irish visitors. Should maybe be renamed Little Ireland!
Alvor is a paradise - MG. Date of travel: May 2008
My first visit to Portugal and fell in love. The cobbled stoned town is quaint and welcoming, the locals wonderful people, the food glorious and the beaches sandy and long dotted along with beach cafes!! Found a hidden treasure in a beach restaurant "O Candeeira" - staff, food and ambience can't be faulted - definitely worth a visit. We had a fantastic holiday and looking forward to a return visit next year.
Best part of Algarve - Seamus. Date of travel: Aug 2007
I have been to Alvor 3/4 times, love the area, people and scenery is beautiful not to mention the fresh fish/food. Main block very busy, but tidy. Staff also friendly. I will be back.
Alvor - Paul. Date of travel: May 2007
Alvor has to be one of the nicest resorts I have stayed in. Don't go if you are looking for a wild clubbing holiday, it is not that type of resort. It really has the best of both worlds, a fairly unspoiled beautiful little fishing village but with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. They are avoiding the nasty high rise look of other resorts. I can't say we had one bad meal in any restaurant so it's hard to recommend one in particular, but do head toward the seafront and have some fresh fish barbequed in any of the sea food restaurants.
Beautiful suroundings - Diarmuid and Jessica. Date of travel: May 2007
I felt I had to write in about our dining experiences in Alvor. I have seen one review "Pete and Joanna" and while I agree with most of thier comments, I would like to say that we have been frequenting Alvor for 5 years and we constantly dine at "Casa Do Rio restaurant". We found the staff to be most pleasant and helpful and the food was excellent. I presume that Pete and Joanna must have been extremely unlucky as even the highest class premises can have an off night.
Alvor - Lynsey. Date of travel: Jun 2006
Alvor is a lovely place and I have been 4 times. I'm going again this year. Everyone is friendly. The beach is beautiful and you are not too far away from the lovely resorts if you want a lively night out.
Mick. Date of travel: Oct 2005
Unlike some other resorts on the Algarve Alvor has retained a lot of its original features. The old town is charming with cobbled streets and old buildings with a church at the top of the hill. The newer modern buildings are scattered around the outskirts and whilst the accommodation is good some of the are eyesores. The long sandy beach which can get quiet windy(good for windsurfers) is about 1 mile from the centre. The harbour is still very much a working fishing port and watching the locals bring in their catches is intriguing. Restaurants are very reasonably priced as is the house wine in most of them. There is a vast choice and from our experience we can recommend the following. Restaurant Rio A Vista; Family run with a pretty rooftop terrace. good food located halfway down Rue Fredrico Mendes. Capacho Restaurant; more modern and formal than some others. Attentive service, perfectly cooked food. O Arco Da Velha; In the harbour area, superb charcoal grilled fresh fish. Rio Mar restaurant. At corner of Rue da Sancho. Nice candlelit rooftop terrace, good service, very tasty food and best value. The resort has a large number of Irish Bars which are quite lively with musicians performing middle of the road music, good fun but no good if you want a quiet evening. Tour Operator: Direct Holidays
Pete and Joanna. Date of travel: Sep 2005
The centre of Alvor has retained most of its originality with the Old Town having cobbled streets and original building. In the main it is a traffic free zone. The harbour area is fascinating and is well worth spending some time down there. Eating out is a pleasure with a enormous choice of restaurant which in the main are all small to medium in size. We can recommend Capacho, Tasca Morais, Rio Mar and Blue Reef whilst Casa do Rio is definitely one to miss. Most of the bars are Irish with either Sky television or live entertainment which is quite nice some evenings but not all the time. This aspect is probably the only minor negative about Alvor. The long sandy beach is about 1 mile from the centre and backed by the modern developments.The resort is more suitable for couples or singles in the 30 plus age range, but is not ideal for a family holiday. Tour Operator: Direct Holidays
Dave and Marion. Date of travel: Sep 2005
Alvor is a mixture of the old and modern. The central area known as the old town is full of cobbled streets, alleys, and original buildings. The harbour area is still active with fishermen bringing back their daily catches. There is also a promenade. In this lovely section of the resort there are numerous good value restaurants serving a variety of foods. Apart from the traditional Portuguese an Fish restaurant you will also find Chinese, Italian and Indian most housed in one of the old buildings. Night life can be lively but not rowdy with a large number of Irish bars with live music. Quieter bars can be found also. On the outskirts are the modern developments some of which are a little unsightly. The sandy beach is long and wide situated between the old town and the modern area. Tour Operator: Direct Holidays
Lawrence and Patricia. Date of travel: Jul 2005
Alvor was a fishing village which has now been converted into a lively tourist area. Some super beaches in the region and an abundance of bars. All round more noisey than we were led to believe. Eating out was a pleasure and the weather hot. Tour Operator: Direct Holidays
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