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Alvor Tours

Alvor
Set along the estuary of Alvor River, this relaxed harbor town oozes character and charm, with a historic core radiating out from a 16th-century hilltop church. Watch as fishing boats offload their catch—destined for riverfront restaurants—at the harbor, and join fellow vacationers sunning themselves at Praia do Alvor beach. 

The Basics
Alvor has lots to offer. Sample sun-soaked beaches, including Praia do Alvor and the rock-scattered Praia dos Três Irmãos, and take in historic sights, such as the Church of Misericordia of Alvor and nearby Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar. You can also use the town as a gateway to Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve where you can take nature walks and go bird-watching. 

The harbor is the starting point for boat tours along the coast—typical boat tour itineraries include a visit to Ponta da Piedade rock formations and Benagil Cave, as well as to lesser-known beaches and coves. Some tours combine a visit to Alvor with other towns and cities in the vicinity such as Ferragudo and Portimão. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Alvor is less rowdy than many of Algarve’s busier coastal resorts, making it well-suited to families and travelers looking for a laid-back base.
  • Sun loungers and parasols can be rented on Praia do Alvor.
  • Much of the historic center of Alvor is pedestrianized, so if you drive, it’s best to park on the outskirts and explore the interior on foot.

How to Get There
Alvor is about 47 miles (75 kilometers) from Faro Airport for a 1-hour drive. To get there, ride a bus or train from Faro to Portimão. From there, take a taxi or a Vai e Vem bus on to Alvor. 

When to Get There
The months of July and August are peak tourist season in Alvor. At that time, it's best to make restaurant reservations and arrive early for a prime beach spot. The town is quieter in late spring and early autumn. 

Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve
This protected nature reserve encompasses dune systems, salt pans, marshland, and freshwater lagoons, and is one of the Algarve’s best bird-watching sites. Bring along binoculars and look out for species such as stone curlews, flamingos, Audouin’s gulls, ospreys, and bluethroats. To get there from Alvor, follow the boardwalk trails near the beach and harbor. The best bird-spotting times are in early morning or an hour or two before sunset.
Address: Alvor, Portugal
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Half-Day Algarve Private Tour by Convertible from Portimão

Half-Day Algarve Private Tour by Convertible from Portimão

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Zip along the Algarve’s mesmerizing landscape on this half-day guided Cabrio and scooter tour from Praia da Rocha. Follow your guide’s vehicle and explore top attractions like Carvoeiro, Algar Seco, Alvor and Marinha Beach. During your drive you will pass fishing towns, hidden bays, historical landmarks and natural tide pools. This excursion is a great way to venture across the memorable Algarve.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.17
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$85.17
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Ponta da Piedade and Benagil Cave in one tour from Portimao. Private tour

Ponta da Piedade and Benagil Cave in one tour from Portimao. Private tour

Private excursion in the afternoon with delighting sunset! Get on board of our boat to explore in just ONE TRIP the two main attractions of the Algarvian coastline: outstanding rock formations of Ponta da Piedade and wide famous Benagil Cave considered one of ten wonders of the world. Apart from that there is so much to see along the unique line coast that spreads between the cities of Portimao and Lagos and on the way east to the Benagil Cave: rock formations, hidden beaches, misterious caves and fishermen's villages like Ferragudo and Alvor. The tour is operated by boats that are small enough to enter the caves and pass between the rocks, so you can get the most of this experience. You can't miss this this tour, which is definitely a must-see for anyone visiting southern Portugal.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$462.34
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Full-Day Algarve Private Tour by Convertible Cabrio from Portimão

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Full-Day Algarve Private Tour by Convertible Cabrio from Portimão

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Roam the incredible countryside of the Algarve region on this full-day tour in a classic VW Cabrio from Praia da Rocha. This guided expedition takes you to a bounty of stunning sights, including river springs, mountains and natural parks. You will voyage in your stylish Cabrio to top attractions in the Algarve including Lagos, Praia da Rocha, Ponta da Piedade, Alvor and the breathtaking coastline. Special note: Fuel surcharges, incurred taxes and all service fees are not included. Please see inclusions for details.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.43
$175.81
$26.38 savings
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$175.81
$26.38 savings

MTB ride Alvor - Portimão

MTB ride Alvor - Portimão

Be amazed by the beautiful views riding along the coastal and inland bike trails near Portimão. With less than 300 high meters and 34 kms in 4 hours this ride isn´t too strenuous and is more classified as a scenic cycling experience on our MTB´s. The fun and knowledgeable MTB guide will stop frequently to drink some water and have a word about the local flora and fauna.
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  • 4 hours
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$54.76
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$54.76
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Private Tour: Portimao, Alvor and Ferragudo Sightseeing by Vintage Motorcycle Sidecar from Portimao

Private Tour: Portimao, Alvor and Ferragudo Sightseeing by Vintage Motorcycle Sidecar from Portimao

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For a fun Portuguese adventure hop into the sidecar of vintage motorcycle for a private tour of Alvor and Ferragudo from Portimão. This tour is a memorable way to explore the scenic towns around Portimão in the Algarve region. Visit the fishing village of Ferragudo and capture views from the Ferragudo lighthouse. Plus, see the fort of Santa Catarina a medieval fortress that protected the Algarve from pirates. Enjoy the full attention of your guide who can stop as needed for refreshments along the way (own expense) or tailor your itinerary around you.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.62
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Portimão and Carvoeiro: Algarve Night Photography Tour in a Volkswagen T2 Van

Portimão and Carvoeiro: Algarve Night Photography Tour in a Volkswagen T2 Van

A 2.30-hour tour to a beach in our specially prepared Vintage VW van to experience the Algarve night in an original and romantic way, in the company of good music, and good Portuguese wine and local snacks. With our Milky Way stars and some of our Solar System's planets at your reach, you will have the opportunity to participate in our photo shoot, and with your creativity, we will register fun moments that you will never forget with Astrophotography and Light Painting techniques.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.84
Price varies by group size
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$60.84
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