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Algarve Things to Do

  • Old Town

    Albufeira Things to Do

    Walk along lots of avenidas (avenues) and travessas (lanes). You will find lots of restaurants; various nice shops and some surprises; as a house (now a restaurant) decorated with shells (see my last picture).

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  • Grottos

    Lagos Things to Do

    The coastline near Lagos is among the most interesting and scenic on the Algarve. Here the orange/brown limestone has been eroded into intriguing stacks, arches and grottos, with pretty little coves tucked among them, many accessible only by sea. The best way to see these formations is by boat and there are many trips available from stands along...

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  • The Castle

    Tavira Things to Do

    Built and rebuilt in several periods, the experts find in this castle and walls, signs from the Muslim times and christian changes. Destroyed by 1755 earthquake, most of the walls were dismantled, but there are still disperse elements (walls and doors) in the centre of town.

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  • Old Town

    4 out of 5 stars

    Faro Things to Do

    The most picturesque part of Faro is undoubtedly its old town or Cidade Velha. Approaching from the north through the Jardim Manuel Bivar which borders the marina, you enter through the old gate, the neo-classical Arco da Vila, designed by Francisco Xavier Fabri. When we were there in May this was crowned with storks’ nests – and indeed with...

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  • Castle

    Silves Things to Do

    The castle in Silves is the best preserved in the Algarve and well worth a visit – both in its own right and for the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside to be enjoyed from the battlements, which you can walk right round. Although there has been a fortification on this site probably since Roman times, the current structures date from...

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  • Fortaleza de Sagres

    Sagres Things to Do

    The Fortaleza de Sagres was built at the southern tip of the Sagres to protect the town from raiders from North Africa. Built in the time of Henry the Navigator, it is sometimes held to have been the base for a school of navigation although this is disputed. It is more likely that he simply used the fortress when planning the voyages of discovery...

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  • River Beach

    Alcoutim Things to Do

    The beach is not located in the Guadiana River but in a small river that empties into the Guadiana. When you get to Alcoutim you must cross a bridge wich is located at your left hand side when entering the village. After crossing a path follows along a small farm at your left hand side wich will drop you directly to the beach. At the beach there is...

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  • Lagos

    Algarve Things to Do

    This is the town that is surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches of Algarve, being also one of the areas where foreigners exceed Portuguese all the year round. Of course, any visit to Algarve must include Lagos, one of the top places to stay, however, the water in the eastern side of Algarve is generally one or two degrees warmer, which...

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  • Terras de Sal

    Ilhote do Pego Things to Do

    Be aware the salt farmers have their business in a nature preservation park and the roads to the farms are private. You need to contact the farm before you want to visit or book a tour trip, that has a visit in their package. Small groups are welcomed and visitors must be aware the area is a nature preservation. Please respect that. We visited...

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  • Beaches

    Albufeira Things to Do

    There is no doubt that Albufeira is blessed with beautiful beaches, backed by low sandstone cliffs and probably the main reason the little fishing village has developed into an increasingly large resort town. There are two beaches at Albufeira's old town, although they are in fact just part of the same long sweep of sand: Praia do Tunel (sometimes...

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  • Beaches

    Lagos Things to Do

    Lagos is surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches of Algarve. Dona Ana is one of them, at walking distance from town, but for a frequent use, you'd better find accommodation in nearby hotels and apartments, or to use a car (parking is paid and difficult).

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  • Roman Bridge - Ponta de Romana

    Tavira Things to Do

    Closed to traffic since the flooding of 1989, this old bridge may be crossed by foot, linking both sides of Gião river right in the centre of town. It is one of the city's landmarks, but, though initially built in the 3rd century, this actual look comes from the 17th, so "Roman" is just an historic name.

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  • Cathedral

    4 out of 5 stars

    Faro Things to Do

    Faro's cathedral dominates the Largo da Sé in the heart of the small old town, and is well worth a visit and the €3.50 you will pay for a ticket (€2.50 concessions, May 2016 prices). Entry includes access to the tower, cathedral, museum, cloister and chapel of bones, so is good value. I have covered each of the main areas in separate tips so as to...

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  • Cathedral - Se

    Silves Things to Do

    The cathedral in Silves is quite an impressive size for a relatively small town. It started life as a mosque during the Moorish rule of this region and was converted into a Christian place of worship probably initially under Alfonso III in the 13th century. The work was interrupted however by an earthquake in 1352, and it was only in the 15th...

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  • Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Graça

    Sagres Things to Do

    This little chapel really appealed to me, reminding me a lot of the Spanish colonial churches I have seen in the American West and in Central and South America. It was built in 1579 to replace an earlier church, dedicated to Santa Maria and built by Prince Henry in 1459. Like most other structures here it was damaged by the earthquake of 1755 and...

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  • Silves

    Algarve Things to Do

    One of the most historic places in Algarve is one of the least known by the Portuguese, included... me. Beach is the common destination and only foreigners like to travel inland watching the country. It's an error that I will correct. This year I stayed in the eastern side of Algarve, and saw something there (Tavira and Cacela, for instance)....

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  • Marina

    Albufeira Things to Do

    It's a pleasant walk of around a mile and half along the clifftops (roads, not cliff paths) from old town Albufeira to the harbour and marina. There are some lovely views of the sweeping beaches ,a glimpse or two of 'what once was' in a few small clifftop cottages, a good view of the fishing-boat harbour and an even better view of the tourist...

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  • Slave Market

    Lagos Things to Do

    Lagos holds the dubious claim to fame of being home to Europe’s first slave market. It was built in 1444 and here slaves captured in Africa were brought to be sold and dispersed across the continent. An eye-witness to one of the first slave auctions held here in 1445 described it as a "terrible scene of misery and disorder", and no doubt these...

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  • Church of Santa Maria do Castelo

    Tavira Things to Do

    After the conquest of Tavira by the Portuguese, in the 13th century, the mosque inside the castle was replaced by a christian church. Lisbon earthquake damaged it, and it was reconstructed, using all the possible elements of its Gothic conception.

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  • City Walls

    Faro Things to Do

    The history of Faro's ancient city walls date back to the late Roman period when they were raised by the Moorish prince Ben Bekr. The walls were severly damaged during an attack in the 16th century and later had to be rebuilt. They are home to two barbican towers and various arches. The medieval city fortification also includes a castle from the...

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  • Cork Museum - Fabrica do Ingles - CLOSED

    Silves Things to Do

    This is probably the most interesting place you can visit in Silves. On the site of the former cork factory called Fábrica Inglés, the Cork Museum is an award-winning place with informative history of the regional cork industry. The museum displays some azulejo paintings of the cork farmers in the earlier time, as well as the machines and tools...

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  • Albufeira

    Algarve Things to Do

    I spent almost 20 years without going to Albufeira. Once "my capital" of Algarve, the boom of construction spoilt the traditional fishing village that I knew, replaced by... a forest of concrete and cars. I went there some weeks ago, and, prepared to the worst, I was not shocked. It's heavy commerce by the seaside, as expected,...

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  • Zoo Marine

    Albufeira Things to Do

    Zoo Marine is a kind of seaworld/zoo on the Algarve coast,the main attraction being the Dolphin show which is shown several times a day everyday of the week,other attractions include a sea-lion show,Birds of prey show and tropical Bird show.There are other animals such as crocadiles and gaint tortoises and a small aquarium to see as well.The...

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  • Dolphins

    Lagos Things to Do

    Take a trip on the Dolphin Safaris RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat), which leaves from the Lagos Harbour, when we went it cost about 35 euros each but well worth it,The trip last approx 45mins,Taking in the views of the coastline as well,past the grotto's and boats . Their record for finding the Dolphins is excellent and the boat is very fast with jet...

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  • Republic Square

    Tavira Things to Do

    I like the centre of Tavira - it shows modernity with respect for tradition, it has commercial activity without the stress of many other cities, it is touristy, but... not much. OK. A balanced place that receives well.

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  • Ria Formosa - Nature Reserve

    Faro Things to Do

    If you want to take a boat trip out into the lagoon and visit one or more of the offshore islands, there are several companies from which to choose. All are quite similar but vary in duration, size of boat and time of departure. To choose, just visit the small stands on the quay near the new gate to the old town. We took a small boat (a ten...

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  • Historical Centre

    Silves Things to Do

    I have mentioned elsewhere on this page that I visited Silves as part of the excellent L[http://members.virtualtourist.com/meeting/Euromeet_2016_in_Algarve_Portugal-7761/]Euromeet 2016 and was wandering about with VT member Ravenswing aka Lynne and the plan, if indeed there was one, was to visit the ancient Moorish castle and possibly the...

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  • Portimoa

    Algarve Things to Do

    Portimão, the beach resort Praia da Rocha, and the nature reserve Ria de Alvor are the most well known places of an Algarve region quite unique in its diversity. Portimão is a commercially orientated town with 35,000 inhabitants. It was one of the most important canning and fishing centres in the Algarve until the early 1980s when the factories...

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  • Fisherman's Beach - Praia dos...

    Albufeira Things to Do

    There are several sandy beaches in and not far from Albufeira. Praia do Peneco and Praia dos Pescadores are two beaches near the center of Albufeira. Praia do Inatel is quite far from these. There are several restaurants and cafes near these beaches. The water there is very clear.

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  • Statues

    Lagos Things to Do

    In the Praça do Infante Dom Henrique, appropriately facing towards the water, is an impressive statue of one of Portugal’s favourite sons, Prince Henry the Navigator. Indeed, he and “Infante Dom Henrique” are one and the same. He acquired his popular name due to his role in initiating the early development of Portuguese maritime exploration and...

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  • Church of Santiago

    Tavira Things to Do

    Located by the castle this old church (XIII century, by donation of king Afonso III to the bishop of Silves, and later owned by the military order of Santiago) was damaged by Lisbon´s earthquake and reconstructed afterwards. With several chapels and altars, it has a good painting collection.

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  • Igreja de Sao Pedro - Church

    Faro Things to Do

    After our disappointment at not seeing the Chapel of Bones at Nossa Senhora do Carmo, we had the compensation of being able to take a quick look inside another nearby church, São Pedro – quick because people were gathering for a mass that was about to start, presumably in honour of St Philip Neri whose feast day it was. This is the parish church...

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  • Storks

    Silves Things to Do

    If, like me, you are entranced by storks because you so rarely see them at home then Silves is an ideal spot. The marshy river Arade offers lots of hunting opportunities these beautiful birds (I saw a stork catch a frog and take it back to its nest) and, in season, there are storks' nests all over the old town. The clacking of beaks as welcome or...

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  • Vilamoura

    Algarve Things to Do

    A village builded for tourists. Beautiful avenues with big palmtrees leads you to the large harbor with big boats. Nice to see, but not a place for me to stay longer than one day. We visited this place on our travelday from Tunes to Almancil

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  • Oura Beach

    Albufeira Things to Do

    This is a very glamourous beach. There is golden sand, young people, beach bars and restaurants, and plenty of other services. Oura Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Albufeira, and is surrounded by bars, restaurants, and beach bars.

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  • Igreja de Santo Antonio - Church

    4 out of 5 stars

    Lagos Things to Do

    One of two sightseeing highlights in Lagos for me was this, the church of St Anthony, apart from one niggle which I will come to. As far as I could tell the church is no longer used for worship and instead has been amalgamated into the city’s museum. You pay one entry fee for both (€3 in May 2016) but the small church alone is worth the price of...

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  • Chapel of Sao Sebastiao

    Tavira Things to Do

    I believe this to be the Chapel of San Sebastio. Its a cute little church a few blocks from the river. It was not open when we went to visit it. The origins of the church date back to just before the big Lisbon earthquake in 1755.

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  • Igrega do Carmo - Carmo Church

    4 out of 5 stars

    Faro Things to Do

    On our last morning Faro some of us decided to visit the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) in the church of Nossa Señhora do Carmo. However, we were thwarted in our plans because it was a public holiday and the church was closed – a bit ironic really, to close a church on what was a religious holiday (the feast day of St Philip Neri). So we had...

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  • Roman Bridge - Ponte Velha - Ponte...

    Silves Things to Do

    The Arade river runs along the southern edge of the old town of Silves. It is a pretty spot, with sandbanks which attract fishing birds and plenty of reeds and long grasses where smaller birds can hide. The attractive bridge which spans it is popularly known as the “Roman bridge”; in fact, it dates from the 15th century, but would have been...

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  • Tavira

    Algarve Things to Do

    Most Portuguese skip Tavira. When they go to Algarve the essential is... sea, and Tavira is distant enough from the sea to become a secondary destination. When we "are" in Algarve, and decide to leave the sea, for variation, Tavira is too close to the sea to be the alternative, and we prefer to go inland. That's why Tavira is mainly for foreigner...

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  • Slide and Splash

    Albufeira Things to Do

    This water shute I found frightening. It looks so simple. I watched for a while before I was tempted/persuaded to have a go. When you get to the top and its your turn to sit down with your legs hanging over the side you realise the drop is high and almost vertical!!!! The man blows a whistle and you must GO!!! Oh my goodness what an experience, I...

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  • Castle

    Lagos Things to Do

    Built in the 13Th century, the castle was seriously damaged by Lisbon's earthquake. A recent effort in reconstruction rebuilt several hundred meters of walls, respecting their original doors and towers.

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  • Misericordia Church

    Tavira Things to Do

    Located just down from the Castle, this is a must see 16th century church said to be one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture in the Algarve. The façade was made by the famous master-mason André Pilarte (finished in 1551) who also participated in the construction of the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon. The main entrance, a round arch, is...

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  • Municipal Museum

    Faro Things to Do

    I visited this small art museum which emphasizes antiquities from the Roman Period in Faro.I saw Roman capitals,stele,and ceramic bowls from the 2nd and 3rd Centuries.There were good explanations in English.This museum also shows life in Faro after the Roman occupation and during the Islamic Period.I also saw fine 20th Century Portuguese paintings...

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  • Igreja da Misericordia - Church

    Silves Things to Do

    The Santa Misericórdia Church with a fine door in Manueline style, is located opposite Silves Cathedral. The main body of the church was built in 1727/28 although the church originate from the 16th century. It features a fine retable showing Our Lady of Mercy but the church has been turned into a small art gallery.

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