Alvor has its fair share of unbeatable beaches, but it’s the lagoon that really separates this place from the competition. It’s a shallow, deep-blue freshwater pool that’s adored by swimmers and kite surfers. And just the other side of a wooden boardwalk, sand dunes and rose-gold beaches unravel for miles.
Alvor is one sophisticated resort. As you wander the cobbled streets of the Old Town, you’ll see critically acclaimed restaurants and bars that light up with live music every evening. By day, explore medieval churches with whitewashed bell towers, the ruins of a 7th-century castle and try out the championship Penina Hotel & Golf Resort.