Alvor is a resort that will appeal to many people, including families and couples. Golfers and water-sports enthusiasts will really enjoy the resort although others looking for a quiet and relaxing beach holiday will also feel very comfortable here. Getting from Faro airport to Alvor will take you around one hour meaning you have plenty of time to look around at the surrounding scenery as well as gain an understanding for both the location of the resort and the location of your accommodation within the resort. The main beach in Alvor is 4 and a half miles long and is covered by golden sands and backed by sand dunes. There are plenty of facilities nearby and you can hire sunbeds and parasols. You will find both hotels and apartments in Alvor. Most of the hotels range between 4-5-stars and offer half board and all-inclusive whereas the apartments offer self-catering.
Alvor is home to a brilliant beach which has some brilliant water sports available. You will find windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing, water-skiing and jet-skiing in Alvor. Sailing is also popular among some people. Golf lovers will love Alvor as there are some brilliant facilities for them to try. The Slide and Splash Aquapark is very popular among both adults and children. Horse-riding tends to be popular as well as it is a good way of getting around the resort and seeing the sights. As well as this, there are plenty of excursions for you to try. You can visit Lagos and the chapel, the cliff tops, the Monchique Mountains, the 12th century cathedral, go on a boat trip visit other resorts or even go on a jeep safari.
The restaurants in Alvor serve a lot of traditional Portuguese food although you will also find a lot of seafood as well. There are a few international restaurants available offering you other cuisines such as British, Italian, Chinese and Indian. Many of the hotels also offer a variety of cuisines. There are a range of bars in Alvor to keep you occupied in the evenings. In nearby resorts of Praia da Rocha and Portimao you will find a range of nightclubs, bars and even a casino. There are plenty of souvenir shops in Alvor and supermarkets for those of you who are self-catering. There is a regular bus service in Alvor that will take you to the resorts of Portimao and Praia da Rocha. Taxis are also available in most areas.
The weather in Alvor is what attracts to many people each year. The summers in Alvor are long and dry with winters continuing to stay mild with limited rainfall. July and August are the hottest months in Alvor with average temperatures reaching 30°C. You will also find up to 12 hours of sunshine a day meaning you have plenty of time to enjoy the day. The coastal breezes tend to keep the temperatures slightly lower to enable you to feel more comfortable in the heat. The spring and autumn is still warm with temperatures at 17-19°C. The coldest winter months are January and December although the temperature is till at around 15°C. There is also still around 6 hours of sunshine a day. From November to March is when most of the rainfall comes however on average there are only around 50 days of rainfall a year.