Alcalar is a group of megalithic funeral temples which were discovered in the nineteenth century but built and used over several centuries around 2500 - 3000 BC There are graves of several types, from megalithic chambers to tombs with false cupolas and side alcoves. The most impressive being the megalithic funerary temples, dolmens
There is a visitor centre that has displays depicting the daily life of the inhabitants of the Algarve during ancient times showing aspects of their life such as agriculture, the shepherding of flocks, hunting, fishing, milling, weaving, pottery making and copper working.
Entrance is e2
Open 10:00 am to 13:00 and 14:00 - 18:30 May to September
09:30 - 13:00 and 14:00 -17:00 October to April
Closed on: 1st January, 1st May and 25th December
I always go to Alvor at the end of October, there are always beautiful flowers and lots of greenery around, i would imagine it's not quite as colourful when it's mid summer. There is always a lot of birds and animals around, it's a great place to be!
Near the old fish market and along the front to the new fishing huts there are many boats pulled up onto the sand or anchored just off shore. They are all very colourful and a great photo opportunity.
If you have the time you should really go on a boat trip, if you don't have the time then it is certyainly worth making time.
W went on a boat up the River Arade to Silves and back with Alvor Boat trips.
They have a small stand on the front at Alvor advertising different boat trips from hour long cruises up the river to full days fishing or swimming. Just tell them what you want to do and they will make it happen for you.
They picked us up from our Hotel and took us to Portimao's marina at Pria de Roche where we boarded their solar powered boat. It was comfortable and refreshments were included in the price. We could have paid extra and had dinner on the way back if we had wanted.
We only stayed for an hour in Silves (which was all we wanted) just long enough for me to go up to the castle and have a drink before buying some chestnuts and returning to the boat.
I would love to go on another boat trip and will certainly be doing it with Alvor Boat Trips as they provided a good and very friendly service (and the carrot cake was lovely)
Fishing trips include equipment and refreshments, snorkel eqipment is supplied for the swim and snorkel trips.
When walking around Alvor you will notice the small Chapel in the Town Square at the very heart of Alvor, or after visiting the main Church walked back up the road and through the small square and seen the Chapel on the right next to the Alianca Cafe were all the Locals sit outside and have maybe wondered into the Chapel thinking it's a church as we did to find a Dead Body laying at rest.
The Chapel is in fact a Chapel of rest and it gives the people of the village a chance to say their goodbye's to friends and loved ones. The chapel door is left open when the Chapel is in use.
Have a walk down to the little harbour and sit and watch the local fishermen scraping the scales and cleaning the fish-this is more than likely going to be on the menu at one of the restaurants close-by. Your supper doesnt really get much fresher unless you pick it out of one of the tanks. there are also some pretty colourful boats to admire too
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My Mum has being going to see Silvia every time she is in Alvor (for at least 11 years)
and says that she is very talented and very skilled. She combines all her talents into her sessions and my mum comes away feeling relaxed and with out the aches and pains she went in with.
Silvia can tell just by touching your feet that you have had pain's in your hands or somewhere else.
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I just love to sit and watch the world go by but if on holiday in a fishing village i love to watch fishermen. I don't know what it is, weather it's tending their nets, sorting out the catch or just painting the boat it's just so interesting. In Alvor most of the Fishermen are down at the new fisherman's huts and market but you can still see the old men cleaning and filleting their catch near the old fish market.
See the video of an old fisherman cutting the fins of his catch
Two fishermen cleaning their catch (Video)
Alvor beach is a lovely long stretch of sand great for sunbathing and swimming with many beach bar/restaurant's, what not many people know is that if when you get to the beach you turn left and keep walking you get to what is surely the best part of Alvor beach. large rock formations stand proud offering some great views and fantastic places to explore. a cliff top bar with a lift up to the top of the cliffs will allow you to walk back on the road. Not exactly off the beaten track as the hotel Alvor Praia goes near enough down to this part of the beach and there is a holiday village at the top of the cliffs but it is never that busy and relatively unknown by people staying in Alvor town.
Watch the Video here
To one side the sea, to the other the liquid mirror of the vast estuary stretching inland, and between them a long, broad dune. This beautiful setting is the chosen nesting place of dozens of species of migratory bird. The salt marshes also support an interesting variety of animal life, while the local fishermen still use traditional techniques to catch fish and gather shellfish.
The Ria de Alvor is one of the most significant coastal wetlands in southern Portugal. The mixture of habitats to be found, including sand dunes, mud flats, salt and freshwater marshes and salinas, allows it to support a huge variety of plants and animals, some of which are important on a European scale. The area comprises a headland and surrounding wetlands that are boardered on either side the Arade and Alvor Rivers, which become the Alvor estuary and is protected from the sea by two sand dunes bars that guard the mouth of the Ria a Alvor. Due to the wildlife value of the wetlands the site was designated as a RAMSAR site in May 1996.
Their are many Festivals in Portugal and they can be fun to watch or to join in, we are usually In Alvor for Halloween and It can really be fun, Shops, Resaraunts, bars are all decorated. Locals and tourists Dress up and all the Local Children walk around collecting Sweets and other goodies. so if your going to be in Alvor on October 31st . Don't forget your costume.
The Abicada ruins of a Neolithic village retaining traces of subsequent Roman occupation (with what was once a Fine Roman Villa dating back to 1st/4th century with several rooms and a peristyle decorated with coloured mosaics bearing geometric patterns and stylised designs
From Alvor, go up towards the EN125 and turn left towards Lagos for about a mile and a half, when you wil see a sign for the Roman Ruins. About twenty yards after the sign, turn left down a road with the railway line on the right. This road then turns into a dirt track, keep going straight on, past the point of "This can't be the right way..." and keep going past some derelict farm houses until the end of the road where there is a turning circle in the dirt. The ruined villa is right infront of you.
During the period of Moorish rule, Alvor was a thriving port. The ramparts defending it were the scene of violent fighting when the Portuguese army led by King Sancho 1 conquered it in 1189, with the help of Crusaders en route to the Holy Land.
Retaken by the Moors in 1191, it was only returned to Christian dominion in 1250, at the time of the campaigns that resulted in the conquest of the whole of the Algarve. The town walls were rebuilt in 1300 and Alvor was made a town by King João II, who died in the Castle in 1495.
Sadly only a bit of 2 walls and a turret remain of Alvor Castle and houses have been built around it.
Alvor Church (Igreja Matriz) Built in the 16th c it was remodelled in the 18thC and has a flamboyant Manueline portico (said to be the finest on the Algarve) and many other architectural features from the original temple. The inside has a fine nave and two aisles decorated in woodcarvings and 18thC glazed tiles (azulejos) in the Chancel.
The grounds are a lovely place to sit and think and the inside is nice for contemplation or just to light a candle for somebody who is sadly missed.
With warm temperatures throughout the winter months, there is nothing better than an amble along the sands of Alvor beach to watch the fisherman hoping for a catch from the waters edge. Alvor Harbour has a number of bars where you can catch the winter rays and then watch the sun go down across the lagoon.
There is a lot to do in and around Alvor and not just sunbathing, swimming or watersports on the fantastic beach, Why not take a trip up the river, visit the remains of the castle or even a roman...