Portugal’s spectacular six: planning your visit to the Algarve


Having lived in the Algarve, I find it interesting to share with everyone. The Algarve has many things to offer to its visitors around the globe. I have written previously about a few places and had have published in this site.

The Algarve has long warm spring and summer; autumn and winter are mild, but sometimes the weather is unpredictable with an equal number of wet and sunny days. However, the peak of the tourist season is from July to August. During these periods the beaches are packed, and most of the accommodations like hotels and pension are sold out. The most popular month is from June to September. Nonetheless, the weather is suitable for spending time on the beach is from May until the end of September.

Here are the list of the spectacular six:

1. Vila Real De Santo António
Vila Real de Santo António central square

This town is located at the eastern end of the Algarve. With its large sandy beach and the warm water, this town began to attract visitors around the world since the 1960s, and it becomes one of the largest seashores resorts in the Algarve. In the center of the town stands a steep pillar symbol which indicates the power of the king and his prime minister. The route organized in a structured arrangement as a thick and solid army on demonstration from an elsewhere full square, the veneer of the houses replays the equity pattern of a sedate and discreet building design. And a definition of the 18th-century with wisdom in which Vila Real de Santo Antonio is one of the superb examples. A genial landscape alee and the treasury of the Spanish Guadiana can peek in amidst outdoor veranda which provides a haven of fresh and satisfying reprieve from torridity of the sun.

Santo António beach

Stunning view – Santo António beach

Things to Do: A lighthouse marks the location of this calm family beach with its long sweep of sand – this place is marvelous to explore and experience.

2. Faro
View from the capital city, Faro

Faro is the capital region of the Algarve located in the southern part of Portugal. It is used to be a fishing village Ossonoba dating back in Roman times. Somewhat, since many times the city was destroyed; besides, had experienced a disastrous earthquake that pounds the region in 1755. Most of what you see today is a post-quake though the historic center mostly survived. In 1834 became the Algarve capital. At this present – day Faro became a tourist hots pot for everyone including local akin. It is entirely too many to mention, however, with the high-rises hotels, teeming beaches in summer and scurries shopping square; Faro is a charming modernized city.

The scenery of the town is continually changing in its passing time. Due to the movement of the sands, forming of new sandbanks and barricade, partly due to the changing tide in which turning back and forth the condition that lives in the valley.

Most likely the best thing to do in the city is to ambulate. In here you can see a cobblestoned street channelled with fragrant orange trees, gaudy cafes and old-style buildings; sit down on a patio have a lunch, dinner.
The restaurant, cafes, shopping malls – onward to the sea are lovely and also economical. Sail through the Ria Formosa Natural Park on this 4-5 hour journey start at 9:30 a.m. sight-seeing cruise from Faro channels on a 12-persons start at Catamaran and make a stops at the islands of Armona, Culatra. A multilingual guide operates the tour.

Ria Formosa – Faro
Ria Formosa boat tour – Faro
3. Castro Marim
Castro Marim Village

Castro Marim is a scenic village that views passable distinctive foreign guest. It has a peculiarity; a few restaurants, cafe and also with the monumental fortress. In here you can find a shaded- bench and tree in the center. Castro Marim is famous for its flamingos. Trekkers will find many pleasant streams within the area. There are a few variations of activities in this area; an example: water sports and boat tour. The sea is boundless, to the extent as far as the eye can perceive, and it is peaceful and balmy.

Praia do Cabeço

Praia da Alagoa

Praia Verde

Castro Marim has three beaches, namely:

Praia da Alagoa, well known as a summer holiday resort, stands beside the lengthy sandy seashore and its broad edge of the mountains. Attach to the ocean; wherein the ridge is above, in here you see a myriad of European seagrass, seagull, feathery cottonweed and eye-catching adages.
Praia Verde, it has a sensational panoramic view along the seaboard. Praia do Cabeço; knoll fields prevail the surrounding of this beach with deep-sea pine and the typical hymeneal cover broom flourishing on them.
These once a quiet and pastoral villages shortly realized the rapid influx of visitors from around the globe, bushing their narrow streets and short inlet with a large number of tourists each day.

Things to Do: you can do touring the coast tells more about the sprinkling of the other seashores charms. Also, explore the surrounding area of the town.

4. São Brás de Alportel

A well-known café in São Brás de Alportel

This town is an ancient foot-path used since the Romans time. Besides, it considered as a quiet town. It is also a place whereby you can stroll around the allies. It is where the ( Museu do Traje ), do São Brás de Alportel Encased in azulejos, this beautifully maintained museum occupies a former cork magnate a large house, which keeps its original kitchen. It displays an ever-changing exhibition of a local costume, of which there are 1500 in the museum has had stored. The three free hour tours in the store take place on the last Tuesday of the month. The outside of the building has a presentation on the local cork industry, a vast collection of old carriages, an art gallery hosting regular music events, including fado and cafe. It provides a free guided tour of the path if you contact the center in advance.

Museu do Traje
A costume that exhibits in the museum

Things to Do: you can explore and discover a few attractions in the town area.

5. Olhão
Olhão Market

Olhão is one of the Urban community of the Algarve region located in the southern part of Portugal. The municipality situated in the heart of Rio Formosa. It is also the biggest fishing port with a viable waterfront and beautiful, bustling arteries in its old cottage. Considered as a perfect place to try their delicious and eminently-acknowledge traditional kinds of seafood dishes, such as razor-shell rice, and corn porridge with wedge -shell clams. Olhão is known as one of the biggest markets of fresh products in the Algarve. The towns restaurant standoff the multitude, especially in the morning vegetable and fish market, wherein you can eat, drink and savor the scenery of the island. There is also an outside market on the street every Saturday, selling local goods, accessories and different items that you can choose from such as clothing and a lot more.

The vegetable market of Olhão

Things to Do: as stated, a visit to Olhão is not complete without visiting the municipal market ( Mercado Municipal in Portuguese). The municipal market located on the street Avenida 5 de Outubro – near the waterfront. The markets divided into two fish/vegetables and each with separate red-brick buildings. This complex built in 1915 and it reconstructed in 1997.

You can find all different types of fresh products, such as dried fruits, nuts, dried meat, dried fish and a lot more. You can also do water sports such as canoeing, sailing, windward, and jet skiing.

6. Lagoa
The town of Lagoa

Lagoa considered as one of the most touristic attractions of the Algarve because of that richness in beaches. It has enhanced productively over the past decades regardless of framework and approach, including the quality of water and its surroundings. It also offers a large number of beaches. To name a few beaches that are well visited; Praia Grande, and Praia da Marinha.

The municipality’s town has prospered in sustaining their streets with wacky Portuguese cobblestone, the dazzling, pastoral houses. And with the frilly chimneys and the prowess of the artisan, who create porticoes and ceramics pottery.

Lagoa also is known for its historically fortified wine production, and it has increased its table wine manufacturer in recent years.

Aside from the sea, the surrounding consists substantially of rolling fields planted with clinging plants for as far as the naked eye can view as well with fig and dry orchards of almond and carob.

Things to Do: you can enjoy staying at the Praia Grande – located in the coastal zone of the eastern of Rio Arade, south of the town of Ferragudo. Like any other beaches in the Algarve, it is outskirt by cliffs and also rich in marine. You can also go for snorkelling and scuba diving; there is an undersea trail that you can delve into at Praia da Marinha. Its beauty of the bluff does not just distinguish this beach; it has used globally for an advertising firm for a campaign. And in 2015 it characterized as one of the best destinations in Europe. It also named as one of the top 20 most beautiful beaches in the world by CNN in 2018. Besides, the divergence of marine habitat here is extraordinary — the rocky ambience area with an atoll of numerous types of breakwater, inquisitive octopuses. And so with cuttlefish and the excellent seashore.

Praia Grande, Lagoa

Note: You should keep extra careful with a distance from the cliffs – there is a possibility of rockfalls or stone while walking along the clifftop.

Praia da Marihna

Thank you for reading.

© Leonie M.

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