Close to the popular Algarve destinations of both Lagos and Albufeira, Alvor has a permanent population of just over 6,000. It rises ever so slightly from the southern shores of Portugal from an attractive harbour dotted with small yachts.
Much quieter than its neighbouring towns, it's the atmospheric streets of Alvor that make it special, although it also has the dubious distinction of being where King João II died in 1495. Cobbled streets wind away not from the coast but from the River Alvor, after which the village is named. The wide riverfront is home to a number of excellent fish restaurants. Whitewashed buildings are in evidence throughout the settlement, opening out to present attractions included the Moorish castle and 400-year-old Igreja do Divino Salvador, in addition to the main beach and a landscape of dunes beyond which is crisscrossed with boardwalks.