Town hall in Lagos
Café Aliança in Faro
The famous café in the heart of Faro, one of the oldest in Portugal, is now open as a cervejaria
The emblematic café in the centre of Faro opposite the marina has been reopened end of July 2016 after a longer period of renovation. Erected already in 1930, it is one of the oldest coffee houses in entire Portugal, together with the A Brasileira in Lisbon (1905) and Café Majestic in Porto (1921). The new owner have converted it into a typical Portuguese “Cervejaria”, serving steaks and beer as well as regional specialties and various snacks.
Selected examples of architectural beauty of the past centuries
As in Lisbon the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami in 1755 destroyed most buildings in the Algarve, so that you will find hardly any evidence of the building from the centuries before this catastrophic event. During many strolls through the Algarvian cities and villages we have however found some architectural jewels that we would like to share with you.
Tawny and Ruby ports, grown in the valley of the river Douro in northern Portugal, are world famous
The history of wine growing in Portugal is thousands-of-years old. Among the great products of this traditional wine land, the world-renowned Port Wine (Vinho de Porto) takes an exceptional position. Only wines originating from the Douro Region are entitled to use this protected designation of origin. The roots of viniculture in the Douro valley date back to the Bronze Age. The name “Port” or “Port Wine” is derived from the name of the city of Porto at the estuary of the river Douro, where the wine is stored, matured, bottled and shipped. For more information about Port please have a look at the official website of the Port and Douro Wines Institute (IVDP, Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto). Its mission is to promote the control of the quality and quantity of Port wines, regulating the production process, and the defence and protection of the Douro and Port denominations of origin and the geographical indication of the Douro Region.
São Brás de Alportel
Municipality: São Brás de Alportel
Travel advice for the rural town São Brás de Alportel in the fertile Barrocal region of the Algarve at the border of the Serra de Caldeirão – a former centre of cork production in Portugal and summer residence of the bishops of the Algarve: Accommodation, markets & restaurants, ceramic tiles, points of interest, history, costume museum, Calçadinha Romana, surroundings, …
São Brás de Alportel is a rural village (vila) and municipality (concelho) in the district of Faro (Algarve), the southernmost region of continental Portugal, called simply São Brás by the locals.
Travel advice for the old seaport town Portimão on the estuary of the river Arade with the new marina, centre of international water-sports, the coastal resort Praia da Rocha, one of the most popular holiday destinations on the rocky Algarve coast in the south of Portugal, surrounded by the best golf courses in the western Algarve
Portimão is a city (cidade) and municipality (concelho) in the district of Faro (Algarve), the most southerly region of Portugal. Even better known than Portimão is its principle beach Praia da Rocha, one of the liveliest holiday destinations in the western Algarve.
Loulé Jardim Hotel
Largo Manuel de Arriaga 25
Nice hotel calmly located on a small park at the border of the historic old town
Loulé Jardim Hotel Location: Nearest city: Loulé, 5 min. to the centre on foot Nearest airport: Aeroporto de Faro, 17 km Nearest beach: Praia Nova, 12 km Nearest golf course: Vila Sol (27 holes) 10 km Accommodation: Sports & Leisure: Gastronomy:
Tivoli Marina Portimão
Golf Play & Stay at Tivoli Marina Portimão, a 4star hotel at the marina of Portimão, the oldest harbour town of the Algarve
Marina Club Lagos Resort
Marina Club Lagos Resort: 4star apartments & suites near the marina of the historical town of Lagos, western Algarve
Play: Palmares Golf (27 holes) - Stay: Marina Club Lagos Resort Location: Nearest city: Lagos, 2 km on foot to city centre Nearest airport: Aeroporto de Faro, 87 km Nearest beach: Meia Praia, 2 min.on foot Nearest golf course: Palmares, 6 km Accommodation: Sports & Leisure: Gastronomy:
The historical old town of Faro
Faro is a place of great historical interest having been a settlement since prehistoric times. It became wealthy under Roman occupation due to fishing and the extraction of salt from the local salt marshes. Ossonoba, as it was known to the Romans, was the most important town in the region and it continued to flourish under the Moors. The historical old town consists of three quarters: Vila-Adentro, the oldest part, almost completely surrounded by the wall from the moorish period. Three mediaeval gates leading to Vila-Adentro: Arco da Vila, Arco do Repouso, and Arco da Porta Nova. Mouraria, where the moors were allowed to settle outside the walls from 1269. Nowadays this quarter is a busy shopping area, many of the roads being pedestranised. Bairro Ribeirinho, adjacent to the marina and the railway station, originally the quarter of fishermen and mariners, and today the centre of Faro’s nightlife.
Faro: Cathedral Sé
In the centre of the historical old town of Faro
Only the tower and doorway remain from the original church built on the site of a Roman temple in the 13th century, the rest was constructed between the 15th and 18th centuries. Although the exterior may seem rather plain, inside it is an eclectic mix of decorations. Marble statues, paintings, azulejo tiles and wooden carvings all compete for your attention. From the tower there are superb views of Faro and the coastline. Opposite the cathedral is the monument of bishop Francisco Gomes do Avelar, who oversaw the reconstruction of the cathedral after the earthquake in 1755. It's worthwhile to climb the square belfry of the cathedral, offering great views over the historical town and the lagoon of the Ria Formosa to the International Faro Airport.
Rota Vicentina: Historical Way
Estrada da Circunvalação
Rural ininery in the Natural Park of the Costa Vicentina passing the major towns and villages
Rota Vicentina Rota Vicentina is a network of walking trails in the south-western area of Portugal, totalling 400 km to walk, along the most beautiful and best preserved coastline of Southern Europe. Comprising the Historical Way, the Fishermen’s Trail and several Circular Routes, proposes a unique experience of two worlds, between a living and authentic rural culture and a surprisingly wild coastline – fully within the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina. Historical Way Certified in 2016 by the European wide label “Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe”, for its high walking quality, it runs through the main towns and villages in a rural itinerary with several centuries of history. Comprised mainly of rural trails, this is a classic Grand Route (GR), fully accessible to hikers and mountain bikers. The way consistes of 12 sections with a total length of 230 km: Cabo de São Vicente -Vila do Bispo (14 km) Vila do Bispo - Carrapateira (22 km) Carrapateira - Arrifana (24 km) Arrifana - Aljezur (12 km) Aljezur - Odeceixe (18 km) Odeceixe - S. Teotónio (17 km) S. Teotónio - Odemira (19 km) Odemira - S. Luís (25 km) S. Luís - Cercal do Alentejo (21 km) Cercal do Alentejo - Porto Covo (18 km) Porto Covo - Vale Seco (23 km) Vale Seco - Santiago do Cacém (18 km) For more information have a lok at the official website of the Rota Vicentina, where you can also download the maps.
Suiço A Vaca
Rua Silva Lopes, nº 25/27/29
Swiss cuisine in the old town of Lagos
Praça D. Francisco Gomes 26
The emblematic café in the heart of Faro is one of the oldest coffee houses in Portugal
The emblematic café in the centre of Faro opposite the marina has been reopened end of July 2016.Erected already in 1930, it is one of the oldest coffee houses in entire Portugal, together with the A Brasileira in Lisbon (1905) and Majestic in Porto (1921). The new owners have converted it into a typical Portuguese “Cervejaria”, serving steaks and beer as well as regional specialties and various snacks.