Macdonald Monchique Resort & Spa - Monchique, Algarve, Portugal


The picturesque town of Alvor, near Portimão, represents a connection between history, heritage and natural beauty.

Taking a walk through the streets of Alvor is a true workout for your senses. Here, the Arab presence can be seen in many of the buildings or in the marabouts, as well as in the name itself: Alvor or Al-Bûr (as it was known).

Monchique is a 20 min drive from Alvor.

We invite you to walk up and down the streets in search of the best view over the houses and to one of the most impressive landscapes of the Algarve: the Ria de Alvor (Alvor Estuary).
In Alvor, the fishing boats contrast with the calmness of the salty air and the various shades of red in the sky at sunset.

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"It’s impossible to visit Portugal without exploring beautiful sea caves and beaches that are abundant in the region of Algarve. To explore we picked Alvor, as I have been told that it has one of the most beautiful sunsets in this region.

Alvor is a small fishing village on the southern coast of Portimao. The town itself is quite small and you can easily see all it in half a day. We took a taxi from the Macdonald Monchique, arranging with our taxi driver to pick us up later in the day so we can return to the hotel. We started our little adventure at the Ababuja which is a well-known fish restaurant that serves local cuisine. Since we are in the fishing village in Portugal, I thought this would the most appropriate start to our little adventure. I opted for squid and tuna pate to start with followed by a tuna steak. Needless to say, it tasted really fresh and delicious."

read the rest of Tania´s experience in The London Thing.


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