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Places of Interest In Algarve


The Algarve has so much to offer besides its pristine golden beaches and restaurants with a fantastic seaviews. There are several beautiful churches traditionally decorated and dotted with lovely paintings. Discover one of the many traditional markets in the popular resorts and small villages where you can purchase fresh fish, local delicacies including custard tarts and much more. The Algarve is also renowned for its many championship golf courses.

Ferragudo Tranquil Ferragudo is well worth a visit on your villa holiday because of its two excellent beaches and traditional ambience of an Algarvean fishing village. Ferragudo is a reminder of how unspoilt this part of Portugal was just a few decades ago. Nearby are two fortresses, Catarina de Ribamar, built in 1621 to defend this coast of Portugal against the Moors, and the beige-coloured Fortaleza de Ferragudo, which looks like a giant sandcastle.

Sand City Fiesa

Tavira

Faro

Loule

Alvor Alvor is a well located village for a villa holiday, facing a natural lagoon opening onto the sea. There is a choice of a long sandy beaches and a number of small coves tucked under the cliffs. The attractive 16th century parish church is a prime example of the Manueline era of architecture and worth a visit on your holiday.

Silves Visitors may wish to take a trip through time by sailing down the Arade River to the sea, passing vestiges of Roman and Viking presence.

Salema

Sagres Established by Prince Henry the Navigator as the town from which to discover the world, Sagres sits at the helm of Europe. Surrounded by sea on three sides and whipped by fierce winds, its cliffs and fortifications present an austere landscape to visitors.

Sagres The Fort Known locally as Fortaleza de Sagres, the fort in its present form dates from 1793. Just inside the gate to the impressive building is a 141 foot wind rose for measuring the direction of the wind, excavated in the 18th century. As with many ruins, building has taken place on top of the original stonework throughout the centuries. In this case until as late as the 1950s in preparation for the 500th anniversary of Prince Henry’s death and beyond. For example you will find a very old church and lighthouse near a modern museum hall. The fort is open daily between May and September.

Buganvilia Plaza Situated at the end of Vale do Lobo and before the entrance to Quinta do Lago, Buganvilia Plaza shopping complex includes boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, bars and a sizable supermarket.

Algar Seco The cliffs, grottoes and rocks of Algar Seco are the most famous in the Algarve. One kilometre to the east of Carvoeiro, this geographical wonder is best reached by local boat. It is also a magical part of the world for avid snorkellers. Well worth a visit if you are in the vicinity.

Ria Formosa Nature Park Amongst other natural attractions, the nature park is home to wetlands, indigenous fauna and flora and migratory species.

Cerro da Vila Roman site In 1963 an archaeologist made an exciting find on the northern side of the marina when fragments of Roman mosaic were spied in the soil. The spot turned out to be the remains of Cerro da Vila, where Romans, Visigoths and Moors all left their mark. Take a look at the water piping system and the surviving mosaics and enjoy the museum containing coins, vases and other artefacts uncovered here.

Lagos Marina Your first view of Lagos is often from the long riverside Avenida dos Descobrimentos, which divides the old walled city from the port. Across the river is the marina, where fishermen work on handsome anchored boats. From here a fabulous view can be had of the city from above its walls. Visitors can see these mixed Roman and 16th century ramparts, taking in views of the marina and the sea.


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