Top 15 Places in Algarve Portugal
Algarve is one of our favorite destinations due to the beautiful landscapes, historic monuments, and wonderful beaches. This place has offered us a lot more than we have expected. However, we have even realized that Algarve has a plethora of place that travelers must see rather than the main landmarks. And here we come to you with 15 places in Algarve, Portugal that every traveler should see.
Here you go!!
It is a southwestern town in Portugal which is well known among the travelers for its enrapturing beauty. After reaching Sagres you should definitely explore Cape St. Vincent and Sagres Fortress.
However, Cape St. Vincent is a natural reserve and it is even the home to numerous species. On the other hand, Sagres Fortress was built during the 15th century to protect the Sagres territory.
Lagos is a city in Algarve that is well known for maintaining its authenticity. It is even a historical landmark that speaks a lot about the past of Algarve. On your visit to Lagos don’t forget to visit the Mercado Municipal which is a city market.
However, if you are history buff then head towards the Fort of Ponta da Bandeira and Chapel of Santa Barbara. Lagos is 75 km away from Faro airport, so to reach Lagos you can either hire a cab or even go for airport transfers.
On your visit to Algarve, you should definitely see Alvor. It is one of the oldest and beautiful towns that you will come across in Algarve. This town is well known for its fishing activities.
This town has many admirable places such as the Misericordia Church, Ria De Alvor River Mouth and Alvor Beach. You can either relax on the Alvor Beach or enjoy wandering in the narrow streets of this small town.
This old city of Algarve is now an important spot and it is even the most visited place. The beaches and the museums gravitate a huge number of people to this land. When you are in Portimao, do not forget to visit the Portimao Museum where you can learn a lot about Portimao history and culture.
After spending some time in the museum you can then head towards the Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Church and Jesuits Church and College. Later, you can go to Rocha Beach and spend some relaxing time.
It is a beautiful small town in Algarve which falls under the Lagon Municipality. This town has a unique charm to it. However, you can wander around the riverside area and even enjoy some relaxing time on the beautiful beaches. Sao Joao De Arade Castle is one of the most admirable places of Ferragudo.
6. Serra De Monchique
Serra de Monchique is known as the hidden treasure of Algarve. It is a mountain range located in the countryside far away from the beaches and countryside. If you want to discover the highest peak of this mountain range, then you should head toward Foia.
You will be able to encounter the beautiful view of the Algarve region. Don’t forget to visit Caldas De Monchique, it is a thermal village that traces back to the Roman occupation.
If you are a beach lover, then your first destination after reaching Algarve should be Carvoeiro. It is the most scenic beach town where you will find amazing beaches such as Carvoeiro Beach and Vale Centeanes Beach.
To enjoy the landscape, we would suggest you take a walk to the ruins of Nossa Senhora da Encarnacao Fort and from there head to the Algar Seco which is a 570-meter walk. Do not leave the place without visiting Algar De Benagil, which is an oceanic cave and it is only accessible by sea.
It is one of the oldest cities in Portugal and a must-see destination when you are in Algarve. This place is famous for the castle and the former cathedral.
One of the places you should surely visit in Silves is Silves Castle, which was built between the 8th and 10th century. However, it is the oldest landmarks and it is even known as a “Red Fortress”.
Alte is located in the heart of Algarve and it is another treasure of Algarve that you should surely explore. Wander in the narrow streets of this village and admire the houses that are painted in white.
You can then head to the Nossa Senhora da Assuncao Church which was built during the 13th century. The most admirable part about this church is the Manueline Style portal and interior décor.
10. 7 Hanging Valleys
If you are a landscape lover like us, then don’t leave Algarve without visiting the 7 hanging valleys. It is a 5.7 km walking route amid the cliffs from Marinha Beach to Vale Centeanes Beach. It’s walking route is very scenic and peaceful.
11. Sao Lourenco De Almancil Church
This church dates back to the 18th century and was built in honor of Sao Lourenco. From outside this church seem to be like any other churches but its magnificent interior is the main point of attraction.
12. Ria Formosa National Park
Ria Formosa is a natural reserve from 1978. It is the home to many species. On the other hand, the wetland area of Ria Formosa encompasses of canal, swamps, and isles. You can go on a 3 km hike to explore the view of different local flora and fauna.
13. Estoi Palace
Estoi Palace is another most visited place in Algarve. This palace was built in the 19th century and till then to now it attracts people because of its beautiful surroundings. it is the only Rococo Style Palace in Algarve. Apart from the lush green garden, you will even find fountain, lakes, and statues surrounding the palace.
If you are visiting Algarve by air, then Fero is the first place that you will come across. Take some time and wander around this city. You can visit the Historic Center of Faro and even spend some time in its beautiful cathedral.
Tavira is a beautiful city in Algarve that date backs to the Roman occupation. This city is filled with ruins of the castle, old Arab quarters and 21 churches.
This is a city that speaks a lot about the history of Portugal. Don’t forget to wander around the streets of this city and enjoy the fabulous view of the Roman Bridge and alleys.