Handpicked by a Algarve Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'The Best in Alvor '.

Alvor is a fishing village on the southern coast of Portugal that charms visitors with a mix of old-world serenity and top travel experiences with excellent restaurants and bars and plenty of fun things to do. Visitors from around the world rub shoulders with generations of local Alvor folk, old men sitting in the shade playing cards and discussing football, young children chasing seagulls, and they return year after year as Alvor works its magic. Check out our suggestions below for some of the best restaurants and bars, and things to do in Alvor.

The huge beach and estuary boardwalk are top attractions in Alvor. This is one of the best beaches in the Algarve. The boardwalk meanders between the ocean and the river estuary, and can be accessed from the village harbour as well as from the beach. The beach is several kilometres long, made of fine golden sand. To the east, known as Praia dos Tres Irmãos, there are cove beaches and cliffs to explore to low tide, with some spectacular caves and arches connecting this part of Alvor beach to Prainha. The cliff-top walk from Prainha to João d'Arens is stunning. To the west the curving bay is expansive with ocean to the front and the river to the back. This is the favoured spot with kite surfers who speed across the water. There are some great restaurants on the beach - perfect for a cold drink, a quick snack or a delicious meal as the sun sets.

Alvor is a wonderful family destination. Aside from the fun on the beach there are plenty of things to do that appeal to all ages. The dinosaurs at Alvor Adventure Golf appeal to the kids while the adults enjoy the more challenging than expected course. Golfland is a family entertainment park that has a super tropical mini golf course as well as a great restaurant and bar. Adrenaline junkies can jump out of airplanes with SkyDive Algarve and those looking for more relaxed fun can take a sunny cruise along the coast with Alvor Boat Trips.

Alvor may be small but it has a huge number of restaurants to tempt you. The standard of food served is generally very high and there is a great range of cuisines - from typical Portuguese fare and freshly grilled fish to Italian, Indian and modern steakhouses. Many restaurants have open-air terraces or patios which are perfect for summer evenings. After dinner, wander the streets and enjoy a drink or two at one of the many bars.

Being a very picturesque village, Alvor is a popular wedding destination. The village church is charming and romantic and the resort has plenty of accommodation.

Check out these Alvor suggestions:

Golfland Family Entertainment Park

Golfland Family Entertainment Park is one of the Algarve’s more recent attractions, offering great experiences for families and golfers. A superb 18 hole Championship mini-golf course set in a lush, tropical garden, two top of the range Trackman golf simulators, a playground, a great restaurant, three bars and sunny terraces overlooking the action – there is something for everyone here. Loc...

Adventure Golf Alvor

Adventure Golf Alvor brings some fun, adventure golf to Alvor, Portugal. Watch out for the huge dinosaurs! 18 challenging and fun mini-golf holes - great entertainment for adults and children, perfect for groups and a great venue for kids' parties. Bar on site serving drinks and snacks. Free entry. Pay to Play adventure golf. Adventure Golf Alvor has a 'Lost World - Jurassic Park' theme and the...

Wooden Boat & Kayak Experience

The Wooden Boat Experience offers something different. The traditional wooden boat explores the coast and caves, and the kayak tours bring you to discover the stunning beauty of the coast at João d'Arens, between Alvor and Portimão. A unique spot, the water here is incredibly clear and the views are spectacular. 'Frontino' is a traditional wooden Portuguese boat, dating from 1957. Lovingly re...


Caniço Restaurant is one of those places you have got to see to believe. The setting is breath-taking, the views amazing and just getting there is an adventure. It is actually built within the cliffs and hovers above a picturesque cove, making it one of the most romantic places in the Algarve. You get there by taking an elevator from the cliff tops down through the rocks and out onto sea level. F...

Vagabondo Steakhouse

Vagabondo Steakhouse is one of Alvor's most popular restaurants - and justifiably so., serving excellent food with great service since 1992. The setting is lovely, the ambience relaxed and the food excellent. Perfect for delicious steaks, fresh seafood and quality international and Portuguese cuisine. Located on Alvor's busy pedestrian street, Vagabondo's main dining room is the perfect place f...

Paesano Italian Restaurant

Paesano Italian Restaurant in Alvor serves quality and authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant is comfortable and spacious with a warm and welcoming décor, a pretty garden patio and a fab deck for people-watching. Add a menu to satisfy pretty much every Italian-flavoured whim and you have a winner. Paesano Restaurant is sister restaurant to the fantastically popular Vagabondo  rest...

Jasmine Restaurant

Jasmine Restaurant, at Golfland Alvor – fabulous all-day dining overlooking tropical gardens. Enjoy quality international cuisine, great seafood and steaks, snacks from around the world and tempting treats. Overlooking the lush mini-golf course at Golfland Alvor, with live entertainment and a children’s playground too. Ideal for parties, events and fun with friends. Jasmine Restaurant is a ...


The Black Stove Alvor

The Black Stove Irish Bar, Alvor – serving Guinness, live music, good times, and all sports since 2005. A sports bar, Irish bar, and live music bar, this is a great venue for fun evenings, cold pints, and watching the big game. Open every day, with live music every night. The Black Stove Irish bar in Alvor opened its doors in 2005. Since then many happy visitors has quenched their t...

Big Reds Steakhouse

Big Red’s Steakhouse is famous for its sizzling stone steaks, racks of BBQ ribs and prime cuts of meat grilled to perfection. Offering a varied menu with vegan, vegetarian and fish options too, Big Red’s is a great all year round restaurant as well as an excellent party and wedding venue. Located just outside Alvor, next to the Dom João Hotel, Big Red’s is spacious and welcoming (Big Red...


Those that appreciate good seafood love the Algarve and they adore Àbabuja Restaurant in Alvor. The freshest fish and seafood, traditional Portuguese flavours, and amazing views of the Ria de Alvor. Perfect sunset views to match the welcoming hospitality. Open for lunch and dinner. 'Babuja' is what the locals call the foam on breaking waves and in the not too distant past it was not unusu...


Located right on the beach by the picturesque fishing village of Alvor Windsurf restaurant and snack bar is the perfect choice for delicious food and stunning views at any time of day. As you approach the restaurant the wonderfully vast horizon of Alvor beach becomes visible. This is the fantastic panorama that accompanies your meal, a view that is constantly changing depending on the hour. Win...

Bolan Bar

Bolan Bar in Alvor is famous for its great music, great atmosphere and great drinks. Special mention for the delicious caipirinhas - a deliciously sweet and chilled Brazilian invention that is summer in a glass! Alvor is pretty unique in that it has managed to retain its own identity while becoming a very popular Algarve resort. Bolan Bar is on Alvor's main pedestrian street and is the perfect...

Mourisco Bar

Mourisco Bar is a hit with everybody. The unique décor, free-style bar tending, good music and friendly atmosphere means Mourisco Bar is likely to become one your favourites while staying in Alvor. Located on the central pedestrian street in Alvor that leads down to the lovely Ria de Alvor, Mourisco immediately impresses with its Arabian nights décor. The tile work is original and colourful, ...

Alvor Boat Trips

Alvor Boat Trips, proud owners of Portugal's 1st solar powered boat, offering top class, great value coastal cruises, Benagil cave trips, dolphin watching and river adventures from Alvor, Algarve. Private charter, sunset tours, river cruises and more. Proud owners of Portugal's 1st solar powered boat, Alvor Boat Trips is a family run company offering top class, great value Sea Trips and River a...

Allgav Tuk Tuk Tours

Allgav Tuk Tuk is an award-winning company offering tuk tuk tours around the Algarve, to wineries and scenic spots, focused on the Portimão, Silves, Carvoeiro areas. The electric tuk tuks are clean, quiet and allow you to discover hidden parts of the Algarve in the company of your local guide. Tuk tuks are a great way to explore the Algarve. Allgav Tuk Tuks are 100% electric making them a clea...

Skydive Algarve

Skydive Algarve is the home of Tandem Jumps, Free Fly and Sky Diving courses in the Algarve. Rated the best in Portugal, jump with Skydive Algarve for the best views imaginable! Remember that childhood wish you had that you could fly? Well, a tandem jump with Skydive Algarve comes pretty close. And a free fall 'Skydive' above one of the most stunning coastlines in Europe is a very original way ...

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