The Algarve has many beautiful places to visit including the bustling capital, Faro and the popular resort of Portimao. However, those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the main beach resorts and enjoy a truly Portuguese experience might want to venture off the beaten track to explore some of the Algarve’s historic villages.
Alvor is a sleepy fishing village well worth a visit. Its narrow streets are home to cosy bars and restaurants serving freshly caught seafood. There is also a great sandy beach here.
Armacao de Pera
This small fishing village welcomes holidaymakers to sample its catches of the day at fine local restaurants. You won’t find a more authentic fishing village than Armacao de Pera anywhere in the Algarve.
Towards the extreme eastern stretch of the Algarve, where Portugal meets the border with Spain, you’ll find some beautiful hidden gems including the quiet town of Altura. Those looking for a secluded resort away from the crowds will feel very much at home on Altura’s sandy beach.
This beautiful small town is perched high above the Algarve offering great panoramas of the surrounding area. There is also a well at Monchique, whose waters are said to be beneficial to skin and rheumatic conditions.
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