Vilamoura in Central Algarve is the region’s most developed resort whose sea-front is dominated by bright coloured, large hotel blocks. However, despite being overdeveloped the marina remains very attractive and the numerous bars, restaurants and golf courses, as well as the beaches, all make Vilamoura a great place to party or relax.
Practically next door to Albufeira is Vilamoura; the Algarve’s most developed resort. Although bright and large hotels dominate the water front, Vilamoura still offers tourists a picturesque marina to explore, and some excellent large beaches and golf courses.
The other popular resort in Central Algarve is Alvor; an old fishing-town that offers a slower pace of life for those looking to holiday in the central region. The main attraction is its natural, sheltered lagoon and the curved sea-front that is able to support the town’s many famed seafood restaurants. Much quieter than many central resorts, Alvor has a wilder, un-tamed feel which helps to give it some of that traditional Portuguese air that the fishing town would have had before tourism arrived in the late 1960s.
To Western Algarve now and to a local town called Lagos. Tourism is secondary to Lagos, with local life very much the dominant component. Despite many people flocking to Lagos, it is still relatively quiet, with the 5-mile long Meia Beach and the dramatic rock formations that are iconic of the Algarve the resort’s main attractions. The town, too, is appealing, offering meandering cobbled streets and tiled houses to explore.
Tavira (Eastern Algarve), like Lagos, has maintained its original charm by not becoming too over-developed. The town itself has enough bars and restaurants to please tourists but the resort’s main features are its historic churches, buildings and castle in the Old Town. The best beaches are to be found on Tavira Island, just a short ferry ride away.
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