Guidebook for Alportel

Kate
Guidebook for Alportel

Food Scene

Outstanding food, beautiful space in an old mill, excellent service ... High end food in a relaxed atmosphere ... dress up a little bit it is a bit more upmarket than the restaurants in Sao Bras but worth the visit!
Lagar da Mesquita
315A EM517
Outstanding food, beautiful space in an old mill, excellent service ... High end food in a relaxed atmosphere ... dress up a little bit it is a bit more upmarket than the restaurants in Sao Bras but worth the visit!
Lovely small family run restaurant .. Great steak on a stone! Very well priced!
Restaurante OGraciano
Lovely small family run restaurant .. Great steak on a stone! Very well priced!
You mightn't have come to Portugal to eat pizza but this pizza is the best you will find! Run by a Portuguese couple who have combined a high end interior design outlet and an Italian restaurant everything about this place is pure class. Can get very busy so would recommend calling ahead but well worth the wait!
23 locals recommend
Pizzeria Casavostra
302 Av. 5 de Outubro
23 locals recommend
You mightn't have come to Portugal to eat pizza but this pizza is the best you will find! Run by a Portuguese couple who have combined a high end interior design outlet and an Italian restaurant everything about this place is pure class. Can get very busy so would recommend calling ahead but well worth the wait!
Some nights only chicken and chips will do! This is the busiest spot in town .. take away or sit down ... great to pick up after a long day out on the beach!
9 locals recommend
Luis Dos Frangos
2 Rua o Emigrante
9 locals recommend
Some nights only chicken and chips will do! This is the busiest spot in town .. take away or sit down ... great to pick up after a long day out on the beach!
For some of the best local food you can eat at unbeatable prices. Jugs of wine, freshly caught fish, TVs on in the corner and packed to the rafters with locals. You would be pushed to spend more than €15/head!
Avenida
For some of the best local food you can eat at unbeatable prices. Jugs of wine, freshly caught fish, TVs on in the corner and packed to the rafters with locals. You would be pushed to spend more than €15/head!
**This is a must!** A beautiful old bakery which produces cakes from carobs (A local tree which looks like dried up bananas are hanging from it) ... Fantastic substitute to chocolate - if not better!! They produce cakes here which are sold all over Portugal and overseas! It is on a beautiful walk which takes about 45min in a loop from the house. Lovely half way treat!
8150-061
**This is a must!** A beautiful old bakery which produces cakes from carobs (A local tree which looks like dried up bananas are hanging from it) ... Fantastic substitute to chocolate - if not better!! They produce cakes here which are sold all over Portugal and overseas! It is on a beautiful walk which takes about 45min in a loop from the house. Lovely half way treat!
Great local restaurant - steak on the stone, kebabs ... good crowd.
Horta
197A N270
Great local restaurant - steak on the stone, kebabs ... good crowd.
Drive up into the hills and stop for a lovely lunch ... great outdoor area nice views
A Tia Bia
701Z N124
Drive up into the hills and stop for a lovely lunch ... great outdoor area nice views
Great fresh sea food platters without the expensive price tag!
9 locals recommend
MARISQUEIRA SOL E MAR
Edifício Torre Algarve Av. Francisco Sá Carneiro
9 locals recommend
Great fresh sea food platters without the expensive price tag!
Catarina is a lovely lady running a great family restaurant ... great BBQ meat!!
O Marquês
491A N270
Catarina is a lovely lady running a great family restaurant ... great BBQ meat!!

Shopping

Large outdoor shopping mall with good mix of shops ... Jumbo supermarket is located here (the largest supermarket I have ever been in!) Sports, electrical, pharmacy, kids, adults, phone shops, cinema,
32 locals recommend
Sport Zone Faro
KM 103 N125
32 locals recommend
Large outdoor shopping mall with good mix of shops ... Jumbo supermarket is located here (the largest supermarket I have ever been in!) Sports, electrical, pharmacy, kids, adults, phone shops, cinema,
Loulé is famous for it's Saturday morning gypsy market ... It also has a really good daily market in the Arabian style market hall on Praça da República (open every morning except Sunday). Lovely local crafts and shops ... without all the tackiness of the coast
67 locals recommend
Loulé
67 locals recommend
Loulé is famous for it's Saturday morning gypsy market ... It also has a really good daily market in the Arabian style market hall on Praça da República (open every morning except Sunday). Lovely local crafts and shops ... without all the tackiness of the coast
Old Town Faro is surrounded by a 9th Century Roman wall beautiful streets to explore ... one hidden gem is the Marina shopping center ... although it doesn't look like much from the outside ... take the escalator to the top floor and you will be greeted by the freshest of fish Portugal has to offer! The wonderful sales men and woman are all more than happy to help you make your purchase and clean out the fish if you require. Don't forget to ask for a bag of ice! My advice go straight for the sardines!
17 locals recommend
Faro Old Town
17 locals recommend
Old Town Faro is surrounded by a 9th Century Roman wall beautiful streets to explore ... one hidden gem is the Marina shopping center ... although it doesn't look like much from the outside ... take the escalator to the top floor and you will be greeted by the freshest of fish Portugal has to offer! The wonderful sales men and woman are all more than happy to help you make your purchase and clean out the fish if you require. Don't forget to ask for a bag of ice! My advice go straight for the sardines!
One of four of Sao Bras supermarkets - this is a personal favorite. Good mix of everything you might need. For the wine drinkers ... Pick up a bottle of "Casal garcia" (white wine with a hint of fizz) ... We have nothing quite like it in Ireland and I know I am on holidays when I have a glass!
Pingo doce - São Brás de Alportel
One of four of Sao Bras supermarkets - this is a personal favorite. Good mix of everything you might need. For the wine drinkers ... Pick up a bottle of "Casal garcia" (white wine with a hint of fizz) ... We have nothing quite like it in Ireland and I know I am on holidays when I have a glass!

Sightseeing

Tavira is a charming Portuguese fishing town originally built by the Roamans that is situated on the eastern edge of the beautiful Algarve coastline. Beautiful old streets, shops, river, cafes, restaurants.
143 locals recommend
Tavira
143 locals recommend
Tavira is a charming Portuguese fishing town originally built by the Roamans that is situated on the eastern edge of the beautiful Algarve coastline. Beautiful old streets, shops, river, cafes, restaurants.
Quaint old Algarve village .. Beautiful small church .. and great authentic country resturant ... Lovely drive up the hills
Querença
Quaint old Algarve village .. Beautiful small church .. and great authentic country resturant ... Lovely drive up the hills
Head towards Alportel and at the cross road follow the road under the arch … head on for about a kilometer and you will be in beautiful rural Portugal on a dirt track with only wild black pigs for company
Juncais
Head towards Alportel and at the cross road follow the road under the arch … head on for about a kilometer and you will be in beautiful rural Portugal on a dirt track with only wild black pigs for company

Drinks & Nightlife

Faro beach is where the locals go ... Great beach bar with the best sangria in Portugal! Chilled out music great food and right on the beach.
16 locals recommend
WAX RestoBar
16 locals recommend
Faro beach is where the locals go ... Great beach bar with the best sangria in Portugal! Chilled out music great food and right on the beach.
Set in the ruin of an old castle right on the edge overlooking the sea .. O Castelo is a great spot for people watching. Depending on the night of the week they could have various different live music or salsa dancers! Filled with Portuguese relaxing on their holidays! Great for a sun set too!
16 locals recommend
O Castelo
8 R. do Castelo
16 locals recommend
Set in the ruin of an old castle right on the edge overlooking the sea .. O Castelo is a great spot for people watching. Depending on the night of the week they could have various different live music or salsa dancers! Filled with Portuguese relaxing on their holidays! Great for a sun set too!

Parks & Nature

Great beach beside the airport where the locals go!
Tropical Beach Club
6 Av. Nascente
Great beach beside the airport where the locals go!
Beautiful little town ... take a small boat out to the islands and have the place to your self ... amazing walks and sandy beaches ...
13 locals recommend
Fuseta
13 locals recommend
Beautiful little town ... take a small boat out to the islands and have the place to your self ... amazing walks and sandy beaches ...
Take a small train across the marsh to a small isolated beach with a few beach bars ..
31 locals recommend
Praia do Barril
31 locals recommend
Take a small train across the marsh to a small isolated beach with a few beach bars ..