Algarve Off The Beaten Path

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Algarve Off The Beaten Path

  • Foia

    The highest point of Algarve is a great idea for a short trip in the wild, far from the sea. Fresh water, "medronho", typical sweets and rural life are good additional reasons

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  • Aljezur

    In the old days, this nice village perched in the hills was the first look of Algarve for all those who travelled to the sun. With the opening of the highway, it turned out of the way, missed inland. For more than 20 years I forgot it, until I saw an old picture. How will it be today, with desertification growing around it? Really out of the beaten...

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  • Get off the highway and go to the coast!

    Driving from Sevilla to Lisbon, we drove through the Algarve. While that isn't unconventional, we kept off the highway and found our way to the coast as often as we could. We went to Faro, Albufeira( and had lunch on the coast at Pic Nic, bought beautiful pottery in Porches, and spent the night in Sagres. The next day we followed the coastline...

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  • Weekend sleep

    I have a friend that, each year, takes a week off to fly to Brazil. Once arrived, he goes to the beach, and for a week he... sleeps, only awaking to have a cocktail or... to go to bed.My God, Venâncio! With Algarve two hours driving from home do you really need to go so far to sleep? Cocktails in Algarve are good, we only miss the fresh coconut....

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  • Public Animation

    To attract tourists is fundamental in Algarve and for Algarve. Not only bars and hotels plan their animation programs to call or fix the clients, but also the local authorities have that concern. So, don't get surprised if, for instance, in a quick visit to Sagres, you find a Moroccan or Turkish girl performing... belly dance. The truth is that...

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  • The Romans were there first!

    Vilamoura, in Algarve, all 2,000 hectares of it is the largest tourist complex in Europe replete with 5-star hotels, upscale facilities and high-end entertainment. If you got the money to burn and love hobnobbing with the stars, then Vilamoura is one place to take your holiday in. But right in the center of it, a piece of ancient history reminds...

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  • Mountaintop View

    Well, this isn't the view from the top of the mountain, more what the top of the mountain would look like if people hadn't got there first! Our short stay at the top of this 3000-ft (900-m) peak, the highest in the Algarve, was not one of the high points of the trip (if you will pardon the pun!). The top of the mountain is covered by tall...

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  • Seek out a spectacular beach

    The coast between Ferragudo and Americao de Pera is a littered with spectacular caves and more remote beaches. You are hardly likely to find deserted sand here but it is a nice change from the resorts. Many of these are still blue flag with cafes and showers there. The sand was great at the couple we found and the coves gave good protection from...

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  • Salema

    Off the beaten path beach does exist. Looking for a town/village that is nearly off the beaten path then try Saleema with beach, just beware of the tide.Further info on my Saleema page

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  • Church of St Lawrence, Almancil

    Without doubt worth the visit . The painted tile interior is excellent. See this Almancil page for more details

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  • caldas de monchique

    Situated roughly 250 metres above sea level, in a beautiful valley of the Serra de Monchique, in the midst of luxuriant vegetation and beautiful sunlight, this spa is an unexpected oasis of peace and tranquillity and a genuine paradise for all those who visit it. a century before the birth of Christ, the waters of Monchique were already much...

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  • sagres

    algarveSagres is the most south-westerly village in mainland Europe and, as such, was on the edge of the known world right up to the late Middle AgesFrom the headland fortress, the awesome cliffs curve round past the 17th-century fort at Beliche to the famous lighthouse on the point of Cape St. vincent S. Nowadays, it is the end of the line,...

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  • tavira

    algarveTavira is a lovely old town which stands on either side of the river Gilao. Its two halves are connected by a seven-arched Roman bridge. and it's the town in Algarve wich developed the most in the last ten years as far as i knowNowhere else in the Algarve, along with the old tavira full of churches and historic buildings has developed to a...

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  • armacao de pera

    algarve armacao de pera is at the same time my favourite spot in algarve and the ugliest one. to explain this: is the algarve place i visited and stood more time on my vacations.is the algarve place with more buildings on the coast line than any other making the armaçao de pera beach very ugly and sour. over all , a so-so place to be if yu want to...

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  • monchique

    Amongst the beautiful houses on the slope stand the mother-church Misericórdia Church and the Senhor do Pé da Cruz Hermitage. Nearby look for the famous thermal spas of Monchique and Fóia, overlooking the hills and the ocean. Here a visitor can try the smelling hot spring water that emerges at a constant temperature of 32ºC.the must known algarve...

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  • vila real de santo antonio

    *taken on the webThe original town of Santo António de Arenilla, built by fishermen on a sand bar in the river Guadiana, was swept away in a violent storm. With the same determination he showed in rebuilding Lisbon after the earthquke of 1755, the Marquês the Pombal decided in 1774 to raise a new Santo António from the ruins of the old. Nearly a...

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  • silves

    Silves, once a city of glittering minaret and bustling bazaars, was the Moorish capital of the Algarve. Its imposing red sandstone castle was the scene of horrific medieval battles between Islamic Moors and Christians.NOWADAYS the perfect place for a perfect hollyday away from the busy algarve, but close enough to it at the same time. ten minutes...

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  • Castro Marim

    Castro Marim is a lovely village situated near the city of Vila Real de Santo António. If you enjoy small and typical villages, far from the crowds, then this place is a must visit when in the Easter side of Algarve. What characterizes this village are its 2 castles, as well as the Sapal – a kind of swamp. From the top of the hill of any of the...

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  • Beaches at the westcoast

    Beaches at the westcoast are quit different than the beaches in the south. Here you find interesting stones and rock formations.Watch also my "Algarve - Westcoast" Tip!

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  • Restaurant at Algar Seco

    In the midst of the limestone world is this restaurant in which there is also the culinary speciality of the Algarve, roasted sardines. Relaxing atmoshpere, not many tourists!

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  • Algar Seco

    At only 750 meters from the main square in Carvoeiro (Going east by the coast way)!Here you find spectacular rock formations, some long tunnels in the cliff, and stairs which often end in a cave with a view.

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  • Alcoutim, in the countryside

    Algarve is more than beach and sun. Algarve has an interesting countryside forgotton by 99,9% of the tourists who visit this part of Portugal.If you're traveling in the Algarve, specially during winter or spring, I recomend you a visit to the countryside.This is Alcoutim, a small village in the border of Algarve with South Alentejo (Beja District)....

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  • The Mystery of Algarve's Chimneys

    Cones, cubes, prisms, cylinders, pyramids, balloons; squat stumps, slender fingers, plain white or colorfully decorated: All these descriptions fit chimneys known as the chaminé Algarvia. If you come to the Algarve there is one thing that characterizes this sunny area: it’s ornamental chimneys. And if the chimneys have anything at all in common, it...

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  • Portuguese burial

    On many cemeteries niches are used because they take up less space. These niches are not usually purchased but rented from the council, which runs the cemetery. If the rent is not paid the coffined remains are removed after a time and placed in a common grave site to leave the niche free for another incumbent whose family will pay the rent. The...

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  • Last Bratwurst before America

    At Cape Vincent: the last sausage before America. I ate one! You get an orginal German Bratwurst there. It's not cheap (3 Euros) but you have to try it. you also get a certificate that you visited the most southern west point of Europe...

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  • Beautiful and lonely beaches

    Many beaches are difficult to find, but they have a stunning view, clear water and no tourists. If you have a car: just search for them and enjoy the nature!

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  • See storks

    Portugal is the country of the storks. You can find them everywhere. On buildings, lanterns and on nearly all old free-standing chimneys.

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  • Mussels

    You find many of them on the beaches. A paradise for children. Best chances to get some very big mussels is the low tide!

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  • Pego do inferno

    I first saw at another VT member page (quartinb) and got very interested. But if you really want to go, get lots of patience as road signs can be a nightmare. We follow all the signs until we arrived at the car park (that of course as it was low season was empty) to find that there was no explanation of where to go. After a while walking without...

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  • Ihla de Tavira (Island of Tavira)

    To get there you have to get the little boat (for just one euro per person the return ticket) at about 2 km from Tavira. In winter the last one was at 5.00pm so we missed to see the sunset from there.As we went in winter the beach was empty, but it was warm and sunny so it was paradise! Just km and km of sandy beach for you!

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  • National Park of Ria Formosa

    The National Park of Ria Formosa is composed by various islands and protects specially bird species. We were lucky to see some flamingos on our way, specially at the salinas of Tavira (where we enjoyed another great sunset)

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  • prainha

    __________________________________________________almost off the beatten , from armacao de pera, ( my portimao page shows it, better ) prainha beach is my favorite one along the miles of strecht beaches in algarve. a wonderfull, and charming beach not always crowded and impossible to stay, if yu don´t apreciate crowdy/busy vacation....

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  • Listen to the Waves

    Once we had satisfied our need to dip our feet in the cool ocean waves, we found a nice spot to spread our towel beside the basalt cliff at the edge of the beach. The waves were actually quite large but, because this was a gently sloping beach, they broke quite a way out. With our binoculars we watched cliff-fishers on the headland behind us as...

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  • Sea Fog

    We had not started the day well in Lisbon with our unexpected delay (you will have to see my Lisbon page for details on that!), followed by the long drive south to Aljezur that afternoon. By the time we had found our accommodations, it was already 4:30 PM. We wanted at least a little taste of the ocean on this 29 C day, so we very quickly headed...

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  • Our Own Beach

    This was the first time since we had arrived in Portugal 4 days earlier that we had been able to visit the seaside! It was very refreshing to wander along the beach and feel the cool water washing around our feet. This mid-May time of the year seemed to still be a low tourism period from our experience. Combined with the great sunny weather, that...

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  • Algarvian Countryside

    You do not have to venture far of the Algarves well beaten track, to get away from it all in beautiful green countryside. Plenty of activities to keep you busy, including hiking, horseriding, or just viewing the area from the comfort of your car, or preferably the local bus. The inland villages are very pretty, here you start to get a feel of the...

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  • Monchique

    Monchique is a small market town set inland in the Serra de Monchique, surrounded by forest.We spent a couple of hours here wandering around the lovely old cobbled streets. Our plan was to reach the ruined monastery Nossa de Sonhora do Desterro, up a long & steep hill over looking Monchique.With a promise from the guide book this ruined Franciscan...

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  • prainha

    i thaugt carefully of given you this tip, because PRAiNHA is my favourite beach in Algarve. small but touristic unspoilled.knowin' that, you'll "rush" to "my" little and very atractive beach as you can see on a small travelogue i have in this page.so the tip is :leave praia da rocha towards east and follow the few and small road signsLOL

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  • So much sand so few people

    For a true away from it all beach experience head west along the algarve to the atlantic coast away from the hoards of tourist sheep, from lagos to vila do bispo then travel north to a place called Carrapateira(you can see the sand dunes from the road).Take the road to the beach from here past the few restraunts and continue to the tuning...

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  • Ferragudo

    There is a small fishing village just over the bridge to Portimao called Ferragudo.Please take time to visit this place where you can eat freshly caught fish from the small restauraunts just 10 meters from the waters edge,indeed most of the restauraunts actually have their own fishing boats, talk about cutting out the middle man! You can stroll...

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  • Caldas da Monchique is a...

    Caldas da Monchique is a pretty little spa village in the hills of the Algarve.Its waters are reputed to take 10 years off your age,but I dont believe that because I've been coming here for over 200 years now and just dont look any younger

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