A guide to Altura, Algarve, Portugal

It’s not surprising that many people who come on holiday to The Algarve end up coming back year after year. Whether you enjoy lazy days on warm sandy beaches, memorable hours exploring historic fishing towns, a round of golf amid stunning scenery or splashing around at a lively aqua park, the Algarve quite simply has it all. And with up to 300 days of guaranteed sunshine a year, all this and more can be enjoyed all year round. The age old ingredients of sun, sea and sand are the ultimate antidote to stress and will have you coming back again and again.

Holidays in Altura
Whilst most people considering a holiday here will look west of Faro to the popular resorts of Vilamoura, Albufeira and beyond, a close look at the extreme eastern stretch of the Algarve, where Portugal meets the border with Spain, reveals some beautiful hidden gems. Nestling close to the sand dunes of one of the safest beaches on the coast is the quiet town of Altura. Those seeking a secluded resort away from the crowds and the noisy pubs and nightclubs will feel very much at home here. The laid-back feel of Altura is reflected in the way of life here, from the delights of the daily market to the hospitality of the local population.

Altura holidays are all about getting away from it all and seeking peace and tranquillity in beautiful surroundings and are ideal for couples and young families who want to enjoy time together. When it comes to eating out, Altura’s wide choice of restaurants will leave a lasting impression. As you would expect there is plenty of fresh seafood on the menu here, and most eateries have a distinctive Portuguese feel. A handful of bars and cafes dot the main street but for more choice head to the beach or to the larger neighbouring resort of Monte Gordo.

Where to stay in Altura
With a wide choice of accommodation available all year round, it is not too difficult to find cheap holidays in Altura. There is a limited number of hotels, which tend to provide evening entertainment for visitors who would otherwise find the resort a little too quiet. Most people who choose to stay in the resort opt for a self-catering apartment or holiday villa, of which there is a wide selection. Altura Hotels offer accommodation ranging from basic living spaces to tastefully furnished villas with swimming pools. With a good choice of supermarkets and the local market selling fresh produce, families can enjoy cooking and eating good wholesome meals together in idyllic surroundings.

Things to do in the area
The Algarve is big on watersports, and Altura holidays are no exception, with windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, jet-skiing and water-skiing on offer at the local beaches. Altura holidays are also all about golf, with no less than five excellent courses in the vicinity, including the brand new Jack Nicklaus course at the town of Monte Rei, and the championship course designed by Seve Ballesteros at Quinta do Vale. Those looking for cheap holidays in Altura would be well advised to hire a car to get a feel for the local area and discover what makes the Algarve so special.

To the west close to Faro, the vast marshlands of the Rio Formosa nature reserve are a real treat for nature lovers, with rare seabirds proving an unmissable sight. This interesting landscape is best viewed from the cliff tops of Cacela Velha, an endearing fishing hamlet with a real traditional feel, where clams are still harvested from the rocks by local fishermen. A few miles further west, a landscape of farmland and orange and almond orchards is the setting for the pretty town of Tavira, with its tapestry of architectural styles. Move north from here in the direction of Cachopo to savour the sight of cool waterfalls tumbling down amidst stunning scenery; this is another side to the Algarve that has remained undiscovered and totally unspoilt despite half a century of mass tourism.

Venturing further afield
Altura’s great location close to the Portuguese border allows you to take advantage of some great day trips to Spain which is just 6 miles away. From the town of Villa Real de Santo Antonio just beyond Monte Gordo, the bridge crosses the River Guadiana and connects Portugal with the Spanish town of Ayamonte. The town’s historic centre is a lovely place to stroll with plenty of authentic Spanish restaurants and tapas bars jostling for your attention. If you do decide to cross the border, it is certainly worth venturing a little further east to Sevilla, a city whose captivating beauty will provide you with great memories for years to come.

Further Altura Holidays Information

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