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Introduction

Alvor is a small fisherman village in Algarve that is right next to the river mouth and has beautifull sights, weather and lovely small houses, lots of restaurants, bars and it's very popular for water sports like kitesurfing. The life in Alvor is unique, not only due to its natural beauty but also because of its plurality of attributes: the combination between landscape, weather and facilities that allowed the development of many activities connected to the sea and land.

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Sights and Activities

The sea is perfect for a day well spent in a Catamaran cruise, the windy days and loved by kitesurfers and the calm ones to Stand-Up Paddle. For the explorers we have the Atlantic Ocean at just 15 minutes walk where you can dive in its clean waters and reefs. If you want to stay off the beach there are a number of water parks and theme parks throughout the Algarve, or off road jeep trips in the mountains.

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Getting There

Only by car, transfer or bus.

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Getting Around

You can walk anywhere in the village, to go to the nearby cities there are a few bus lines and you can allways rent a car or bike.

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Eat

There are lots of good restaurants in Alvor. It is known for the sea shells and fish but you have many other options, lots of traditional food, cafés and 2 supermarkets. Prices range from €15 to €30 but there are a handfull of places you can eat for €5~7 (sandwiches in cafes and diner at the supermarkets).

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Drink

The night in Alvor is very popular, there is a street full of bars that offers all kinds of drinks from beer and wine to complex cocktails where the barmans show off their juggling skills and tricks. Cocktais cost from €5 € to €10 and beer starts at €1,5.

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Sleep

There are a few hotels in Alvor, Pestana one are very popular but further away from the centre and expensive, in the centre of the villa you have Ria Hostel that offers a lovely view to the sea and river and very appealing prices, very goo ratings on booking too

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Keep Connected

Internet

Wifi is common in many places in Portugal, including hotels, restaurants and coffee bars. Free wifi along the Algarve coast is available in many places. Internet cafés can still be found in most larger cities and tourist areas though.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Portugal's international telephone code is 351. The general emergency number is 112.

There are three mobile telephone operators in Portugal: TMN, NOS and Vodafone.

Each provider offers a variety of prepaid (Pré-Pagos) and contract (pós-pagos) SIM cards, both of which are available to foreigners. It generally means much lower rates for calls and especially internet. Be sure to switch off data roaming if you don't buy a local SIM card, as prices for internet are very high.

Post

CTT is the national postal service of Portugal. It has relatively fast and reliable services and it takes several days to over a week for your post to arrive within other European countries, more so if you send post to North America or Australia. Post offices (correios) have varying opening hours, but in general post offices are open on weekdays from 08:30am-6:00pm and on Saturday mornings until 12:30. More information about offices, costs and other details can be found at the CTT website. It's a relatively efficient but also relatively slow postal service. If you want to send packages overseas, you'd better use international companies like FedEx, DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are competitively priced, fast and very reliable.

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