Alvor lies at the west end of the Algarve, about 44 miles from the airport. Suffering from continuous development, some luxury 5 star hotels can be found here, with enough self-catering blocks to satisfy those looking for some decent budget accommodation. Shopping is quite poor, with the hotels having their own souvenir and gift shops that tend to be expensive. With over 4 miles of wide sandy beach to pass the day away on, for the more adventurous there is also a golf course and aquapark within easy reach of the centre. The Torralta holiday village complex has a huge amount of bars and pubs to keep you going throughout the night, with a disco for those who want to party until dawn.
With a staple diet of meat, fish, vegetables and fresh fruit, the Portuguese traditional food is extremely healthy, and wine is the ubiquitous table beverage. The ever-growing influence of the tourist can be seen here, with burger bars and pubs springing up everywhere. Chips are served with all meals, if that's what you want, but the traditional dishes of: Arroz de Polvo ( octopus pieces in onions and tomatoes ), Caldeirada ( fish stew ), Cataplana ( pork and clams stewed in a wok ) and Espetadas ( skewered meat ) are all excellent and well worth a try. The local beers and wines are of a very high quality, with special imported ones available in most bars and restaurants.