After the previous article with four things to do in Algarve in the Autumn, check out four further suggestions to enjoy the region in the mild season, after the torrid heat of Summer and before the chilly days of Winter.
The Portuguese Southwest is not only a sizeable natural reserve (stretching between Western Algarve and neighbouring Alentejo coast) but is also a new hotspot for surf lovers. There are no big cities around here, but in small towns like Aljezur, you can get accommodation and all the support you need. Arrifana and Amado are among the best surfing beaches in the region.
People use a lot the EN125 road to do short distances in Algarve and the A22 motorway for long miles or more comfort. But you should ditch the EN125 for your bike runs. Instead, you could try the Ecovia do Litoral, a 132-mile long bike path, from Vila Real de Santo António to Sagres. The name means “shoreline ecological way”, meaning the track strolls along the coast. Altimetry doesn’t go higher than 350-feet, making it a pleasant biking track for everyone.
Algarvian restaurants are open all year, especially those that do not work exclusively for the foreign visitor of the high seasons. Those are usually the restaurants that present the best of Portuguese and regional Algarvian gastronomy, like the well-known Cataplana de Marisco (seafood) or the intriguing “javali” (wild boar) dishes.
Algarve is a historical region with a slightly distinct culture from the rest of the country, especially Centre and Northern Portugal. The Moorish influence was longer in the South, and for centuries the Portuguese kings dubbed themselves as “king of Portugal and Algarve”. After so many centuries, signs of Algarve particularities can be found in the historical villages of the Algarvian countryside, like Alte or Querença. This last one, for example, is just 15 minutes away from Loulé by car, but as you get there, you would feel you’re in a different country, far away from the urban, cosmopolitan beaches for which Algarve is best known.