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Like the neighboring city of Albufeira, Alvor has benefited greatly from the increase in tourism since the mid 1900’s. While Alvor is traditionally a fishing village, the increase in tourism and tourism related businesses has not detracted from that tradition and the bounty of the sea is still celebrated in a plethora of restaurants, markets and vessels bobbing in the water. Alvor is an attractive alternative to the other over populated cities and towns in the Algarve, and many people are looking to Alvor as the ideal place to purchase property.
Alvor is in the district of Faro in the Algarve region. Located between Lagos and Portimгo, it rests on a quiet lagoon on Portugal’s southern coast. This once sleepy fishing village is now home to many who work in the larger nearby cities, or who want to live in the Algarve without being in the heart of over-commercialization.
Primarily established as a fishing village, Alvor’s economy is now supported by the tourism industry of the Algarve region, and by the variety of water sport competitions which are held on the lagoon. A variety of nearby resorts offer employment for those who live in the area, and visitors are continually drawn to Alvor for the luxurious yet moderately priced accommodation. Alvor is growing at a measured place, and great deals on property are available to those who are interested in mid to long term investment opportunities.
PicturesqueAlvor has retained much of the picturesque charm that is native to a coastal fishing village. Narrow cobblestone streets wind through the lazy town, and the brightly colored fishing boats can be seen bobbing on the lagoon. This hilly town offers panoramic views of the lagoon and countryside, and Portuguese charm and history is etched onto much of the architecture and hospitality of the people.
DemandThe demand for quality rental accommodations in Alvor is steadily rising as more and more tourists realize that Alvor is a great destination for a relaxing vacation. This desire for quality accommodations is spurred by the lack of quality in resorts that are built too quickly to capitalize on the sudden tourism growth. In addition, visitors to Alvor are often looking for a more genuine experience outside of the ultra modern hotel facilities. As such, Alvor remains a viable location for purchasing property with the intent to rent.
With a short rainy season, Alvor benefits from the same sunny and moderate temperature climate that the rest of the Algarve shares. Light sea breezes keep the hot days of summer to an enjoyable temperature, and the relatively mild winters make this area a great option for those who are looking to purchase property in an area with an amenable climate.
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Alvor is home to a huge sandy beach called Praia de Alvor, which is just a short walk from town. This is a long beach with dunes, and large rock cliffs at the end of the beach provide much needed shade. This beach is an ideal choice for sun-seekers as even in the peak season there is still plenty of room.
Alvor is an ideal place for families to either live or visit. There are a variety of supermarkets in the area to support the residents, and the area offers a variety of activities for those with kids. The Slide and Splash Water Park is nearby, as well as canoeing on the Alvor River, fishing and boat rentals, or tours to go dolphin watching. The Zoomarine marine park is also nearby for family outings.
Alvor’s riverfront is a powerful lure to those who are looking to purchase property in the Algarve. With a unique charm and updated look, the riverfront area is one of the main attractions of the area. It is a fully paved, palm tree lined avenue which is lined with bars and restaurants with outside seating for lazing over coffee or a meal while watching the harbor. The aromas of grilled fish waft over the area and you know everything is fresh because the fishing boats come and go all day long delivering fresh catch.
Food and Drink
Bars and restaurants abound in Alvor, and while those that are on the riverfront or the beaches tend to be slightly more expensive, the secluded spots on the narrow winding roads inside Alvor offer both tourist and resident a bargain for freshly cooked quality meals. Wine is a staple and is very reasonably priced both in the local supermarket and at restaurants. There are a variety of bars which cater to the English speaking crowd, although the local Portuguese establishments are quaint and charming.
Variety From modern condominiums and apartments to luxuriously appointed villas, there is a wide variety of properties available in and around Alvor. New or resale, there are deals to be found in the area for those wishing to purchase a first or second home, or to use it as an investment property.
Alvor has managed to retain much of its sleepy fishing village atmosphere while still offering modern amenities and a variety of accommodations. People are drawn to this quaint village which is centrally located in the Algarve, with easy access to the larger nearby cities. Alvor is an attractive option for those looking to purchase property as it is an upcoming area which is drawing more and more attention away from the other traditional hot-spots in the Algarve region.
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