5 places to visit in Algarve in the near future
Covid-19 is all over the news, and it’s hard to talk about anything else. But even if we’re heading to the Blitz time (the Italian prime-minister said that this is the country’s ‘darkest hour’), we must realise that this is a different kind of enemy. We can imagine a future when we will overcome it like Churchill did while calling for the help of the New World to rescue the Old.
Let’s make today’s article our Newfoundland Conference. We won’t need to develop a new Atlantic Charter; we can just imagine the better days that will come ahead. Check out five places to visit in Algarve that you might have missed before.
If you’ve never visited the Benagil caves, you’re missing one of the magic spots of the Algarvian shoreline. The place is accessible only by boat and being there gives you a great feeling of wonder.
Ponta da Piedade
The tiny cape offers a surprising landscape with its incredible rock formations – frequent in the Western Algarve. Give yourself a tour around this area, while staying at the nearby city of Lagos.
Alvor is a tiny parish that was once a solid Islamic city. Today, you can stroll through its old, medieval-like streets, and then choose a spot in the vast Alvor beach, perfect for those who don’t want to compete for a place in a crowded, urban beach. The wooden walkway of the Alvor beach is about 3 miles long.
Tavira is a surprising city in Eastern Algarve, contrasting with the modern and urbanised beach-fronts of Albufeira or Portimão. Founded by the Romans and once an important Islamic settlement, Tavira shows a romantic historical centre where you will want to walk long hours before choosing the perfect outdoor table (“esplanada”) to have a perfect meal.
Vila Real de Santo António
If you choose the southeasternmost point of Portugal to settle, you’ll be near several points of interest like the Castro Marim castle, the Lower Guadiana Natural Reserve or the Monte Gordo Casino. VRSA, as is sometimes called, is peculiar in itself. You’ll notice, by the straight and perpendicular lines of its streets, that it is nothing like the old Moorish villages. The town was created from scratch in the 18th century, to occupy this border area and prevent Spanish fishermen from coming unnoticed. The construction followed the rationalist urbanism thinking of the Enlightenment, much like downtown Lisbon, rebuilt after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.