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Algarve Towns ( A to L ) -

Some of the Towns & Villages in the Algarve ( A - L )
Alcoutim - Loule

Algarve Towns A - LAs anyone who has visited the Algarve knows it has plenty to offer everybody. There are the Beaches ( of course ), Moorish castles, Roman ruins, Gothic cathedrals, dramatic cliff top views, mountain treks, museums, monasteries and certainly great places to eat, drink and shop.

Car hire is the obvious form of transport when getting out and about, but there are alternatives. A boat trip, or even a fishing trip, a jeep safari for places off the beaten track. Coach trips are available for day and evening tours. Trains and Local Buses are also a great way to explore.

Listed below are just a few of the towns and villages of the Algarve in summarised form. Where possible I have added a sub-section listing any restaurants, bars and maybe shops and useful telephone telephone numbers in the various neighbourhoods. Those I have visited are more detailed where possible ( e.g. in the Alvor section ). Also the larger towns will have more details as will towns or villages with notable features.  In fact as I get about slightly further afield I'll give some of the towns, such as Lagos, their own pages ( eventually ).

As this section has started to fill out, I've split the original page into two because it was starting to take too long to load. This section covers the towns from A to L.
2012A recent email from a visitor to the site reminded me it has been some considerable time since I last updated the towns and villages information a bit further afield of Praia da Luz. This I will do, slowly but surely, as there have been a fair amount of changes especially in the larger towns ( fortunately the villages have escaped anything too dramatic ). In the mean time please allow for the odd omission or failure to mention a change in the town you are visiting. Better still tell me about it!

By the way any Places / Restaurants beginning with the letters 'O' or 'A' then the name are Portuguese ( masculine & feminine ) equivalents of 'The' e.g. 'A Ribeirinha' means 'The Creek'. Also 'Tasca' means Tavern or Meeting Place.
Any 'O's and 'A's have been ignored in the alphabetical ordered lists below.

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Map of some of the Algarve Towns & Villages ( A - L )

Use the index ( To the right of the map ) or use the alphabetical search below
A B c d E F g h i j k L M n O P Q R S T u V w x yz
Towns A - L ( This Page ) Towns M - Z ( on Page 2 )
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Quite some distance away from the crowds and the bustle of the tourist centres along the coastline of Algarve, the town lies near the Alentejo ( about 15 kilometres, 10 miles ) and has a natural border with Spain formed by the river Guadiana, 40 km north of where the river enters the sea at Vila Real de Santo António. A winding road that runs alongside the river offers great views of the countryside, with its orchards and orange groves, and the rural way of life in Alcoutim remains very much unchanged. At both Alcoutim and the adjacent Spanish village of San Lucar de Guadiana there are castle ruins from the days of heavy duty border control. All that separates the two communities now is  the river.

Restaurants in or near to Alcoutim


Where :B° Rossio.
Tel :(+351) 281 546 606

Monte Branco

Where :Martinlongo.
Tel :(+351) 281 498 295

O Soeiro

Where :4 Município.
Tel :(+351) 281 546 241
Links:  1  2  3  


Situated in the north west of the Algarve, tourists can explore the amazing beaches of the Algarve's west coast. Facing the Atlantic, they are often wild and deserted in contrast to the warmer ones of the south. Aljezur is quite small and surprisingly tranquil, considering it is on the main coast road. Still quite 'olde worlde' ( un-developed ). It is overlooked by a Moorish castle from the 10th century, which gives the best overall view of the valley and the two sides of the town. A handful of free museums offer an insight into the town’s history. Aljezur is divided into two parts and lies in valley with a patchwork of fields where various crops are cultivated. It 'closes down' for the season pretty promptly in September and you'll be hard pressed to find much of a choice for eating / drinking. Taking the coast road via Vila do Bispo rather than the N111 main road from Lagos, to Aljezur it will give you the more picturesque route. Just south of Aljezur a turnoff leads to the beaches at Arrifana and Monte Clérigo. Just north, there is a turnoff signposted praia to Amoreira beach.

Restaurants in or near to Aljezur

A Bica

Restaurante / Pizzeria. Pizzas, Noodles, Turkey Steak with Mushrooms.
Where :Cruz- Igreja Nova, 8670-999.
Tel :(+351) 282 998 693

A Lareira

Fish Stew, Grills, Several Specialities of the House
Where :Sítio do Palheirinho, 4. 8670-999
Tel :(+351) 282 998 440.

Cafe Do Mercado

"Bifana" (Pork Meat with Bread).
Where :Largo do Mercado . 8670-054.
Tel :(+351) 282 991 223.


Codfish in Cream Sauce, Noodles in the Oven, Fish Stew, Bean Stew with Shellfish, Roasted Loin with Cream Sauce, "Ensopado" of Lamb ( Speciality made with Bread )
Where :Largo 1º de Maio, 2 . Igreja Nova ,8670.
Tel :(+351) 282 991 164.


Where :Rua 25 de Abril . 8670-088.
Tel :(+351) 282 998 691


Pepper Steak; Barbecue Ribs; Noodles with Monkfish; Fresh Fish; Pastries made of Sweet Potato, and Typical Sweets of the Algarve.
Where :Rua 25 de Abril, 67. 8670-088.
Tel :(+351) 282 998 294


REGIONAL COOKING. Bean Stew with Dog-Whelk, Rice with Seafood, "Papas Mouras com Piques" ( Speciality made with Corn Flour and Blood ), Grilled Jackfish with Sweet Potato, Pastries and Sweets made of Sweet Potato.
Where :Rua 25 de Abril. 8670-088.
Tel :(+351) 282 998 534.

O Sítio do Rio

Literally 'The small farm of the river'.
Charcoal grills, Traditional Algarvian dishes, Vegetarian food.
Where :Praia Bordeira - Carrapateira.
Tel :(+351) 282 973 119.

Tasca Matias

Chicken with Honey, Rabbit a lá Hunter, Octopus in Green Sauce.
Where :Rua Francisco Gomes of Avelar, 5.Igreja Nova . 8670.
Tel :(+351) 282 991 020


A small, but expanding, village that has three restaurants and several bars. There is also a small market for farmers' produce, a butcher and three small supermarkets as of 2006.

Restaurants in or near to Almâdena

O Celeiro

Celeirp mapSituated close to Lagos, in the village of Almâdena on the (N125) Sagres road. Well known. Traditional Portuguese food. Only a few tables ( 14 ) so booking is a must.
Tel :(+351) 282 697 144

Retiro do Marujo

A typical Portuguese bar. Home Cooking. Piri Piri a speciality. Fresh whole hake with potatoes, onions, tomatoes and garlic ( Booking 24hrs in advance ). Locally grown salads. Sunday Evening speciality dish of Chicken Piri Piri cooked over a barbeque of almond wood. Lunchtime snacks served from 12.30 until 13.30. Large screen TV, pool and darts. Children welcome. Reservations recommended.
Tel & Fax : 
Tel :(+351) 282 697 578
Mobile :(+351) 917 052 765


The chapel and the area that surrounds it, which includes an art gallery housed in restored old buildings, retain much of the character and charm of the Algarve of centuries past. Chapel of São Lourenço dos Matos (St. Lawrence of the Woods) - The occurrence of a miracle in 1722 when the locals were searching for water prompted the construction of the chapel. The architecture is baroque, with an elegant cupola and tiled panels set over the main entrance and to the rear of the main chapel. The tiles on the walls, ceiling vaults and cupola were made in Lisbon in 1730 and recount the life of Sao Lourenço (St. Lawrence). Together they form one of the most outstanding decorative ensembles in Portugal and earn the chapel a unique place in art history. Particularly worthy of note is the harmonious way the tiles fit in with the carved and gilded vestal on the main altar and the decorative detail on the triumphal arch and at the base of the cupola. There is a good collection of 17th and 18th century statues in the church, the sacristy - which also houses a fine chest with carved decoration - and the annex. Nearby, in Sao João da Venda, the old church retains a number of Manueline features (16th century) in its denticulate exterior and the vaulting over the main altar, as well as a vestal with paintings from the end of the same century.

Restaurants in or near to Almancil

Brasserie de Bruxelles

Manuel & Belgian chef Alain serve exceptional meals at very reasonable prices. A comfortable, unpretentious restaurant. Outstanding meals, many prepared with delicious sauces: scallops marinated Normandy style (starter), monkfish with small leeks, Dover sole rolls with salmon tarragon sauce, lamb tenderloin with raspberry & mint, beef tenderloin with 3 pepper sauce etc. Special mussels with white wine sauce.  Sat. & Sun. Brunch €9.90: 4 salads, 3 main courses, 4 desserts - Eat as much as you like.  Families welcome.  Recommend booking for dinner & brunch.
Open:Closed Wednesday.
Where :1.5 km from main Almancil traffic lights, Immediately past the railway line on left.
Tel :Mané (+351) 289 393 301.


PIZZA PASTA.  Full Italian menu, over a dozen pizzas & pastas + daily dish & vegetarian dish. Specialities: lamb chops, steaks, duck, grilled prawns etc. Excellent desserts. They have won several prizes for their cuisine. comfortable inside & sunny terrace. Friendly staff. Reasonable prices. In Buganvilia Plaza. Takeaway.
Tel :(+351) 289 394 080. Almancil.

Flor Do Algarve

RESTAURANT / BAR. Good value for generous portions. Lovely décor, linen tablecloths, comfortable seating. Lunch: €7.50: starter, main course, coffee & drink with several choices. Set evening 3 course menus from €12.50. Selections include lamb shanks, BBQ ribs, sea bass in port sauce, chicken mascarpone, fillet steak, mussels, etc. The Sunday Roast until 15.30 all inc. €12.50. Children's menu. Large terrace.  Á lá carte menu. Live entertainment on Saturdays.
Tel :(+351) 289 394 630. Almancil


Choice of pastas, seafood, steaks and home made desserts. Seasonal specials. Vegetarian selection. Starters such as Jose’s large prawn piri-piri.  Desserts such as chocolate brownies with vanilla ice cream & fudge sauce. Fine wines, friendly service & superb food, bring this special unique restaurant together. Two outside terraces for al fresco dining. Children catered for. This restaurant comes highly recommended.
Open:Dinner from 6.30 pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Where :Situated south west of Almancil 200 meters past the Avia petrol station on the right just before the turning for Vale do Lobo.
Tel :(+351) 289 399 019 or 964 413 176.

O Limoeiro

THE LEMON TREE. As recommended on BBC Radio Scotland. Robert & Ann from Scotland offer excellent meals at prices low enough to attract local Portuguese & residents. Delicious food, daily changing menu. Large portions, keep everyone delighted: lamb shanks with port wine jus, seared salmon with herbs, absolutely delicious sautéed liver & onions. Imaginatively prepared fresh vegetables. Lunch specials from €7. Excellent value. A terrace at the back with fountain. Delightful in evenings. Families welcome. Air conditioned. Evening bookings advised
Tel :(+351) 289 395 399 or (+351) 966 439 564. Almancil

Tropical Restaurante

BEACH RESTAURANT. Antonio buys everything fresh daily from Quarteira fish market. Specialities: huge pots of steaming seafood, cataplanas, fish stews, monkfish & seafood rice, fresh fish, sardines, clams, ribs, veal, tournedos etc. Open all day, lunch, dinner, snacks & drinks. Reasonable prices for the quality.
Where :Turn off main road at large Ria Park Hotel sign, go 11/2k, at ‘V’ bear left, under arch ‘Vale de Garrão’, continue straight 2k then follow signs to Praia de Ancão. Go to the last parking lot, it is the last restaurant on Praia Ançao. Look for TROPICAL written on side of restaurant & the 2 ‘OLA’ flags.
Open:10.00 to late all winter.
Bookings Tel :Antonio / Maria: (+351) 289 398 289 or (+351) 964 066 689.


Address :Urbanização Valverde 53. Almancil. Almancil, Faro, 8135, Portugal
Tel :(+351) 289 394 168


Shops in or near to Almancil
Bank Barclays
Where :Av. 5 de Outubro, 290, 8135-103 Almancil
Tel :(+351) 289 359 420
Fax :(+351) 289 359 421


PAPELARIA TABACARIA. Ana Paula has a small shop with everything! All local & English, Dutch & German newspapers & Magazines etc. Stamps. Cigarettes by the carton. Large orders accepted.
Where :Bougainvillea Plaza.
Tel :(+351) 289 396 870.

Non Dispensing Chemist

SITIO DA SAÚDE. A non dispensing chemist. Aspirins, toothpaste, razors, soap, sun block, reading glasses, vitamins, herbal products, skin cosmetics, baby food etc. Dra. Catarina Maia Passos.
Where :Quinta shopping, Loja 8.
Tel :(+351) 289 392 109.


Resident highly qualified. English staff for all your dental hygiene & specialist treatments. Emergencies, crown & bridge, root canal treatment & cleaning. Modern ultrasonic instruments.
Open:Monday - Friday 09.00 to 17.00.
Where :At back of Bougainvillea Plaza.
Tel & Fax :(+351) 289 396 581
Tel Mob:(+351) 912 143 547.


Allegedly one of the prettiest and most typical villages in the Algarve, with brightly adorned white washed houses where two are never alike. The nearby village of Fonte Grande is an ideal place to picnic with its springs and waterfalls. Two restaurants, a grocery store and four or five shops line the main street which leads up to the church in the center of town. Early 18th-century blue-and-white tiles and a lovely gilt altar. Further up the hill are two natural fountains feature in a park and recreation area. Local folk dances at an outdoor restaurant draw take place in the summer. The old ceramic chimneys and carved wooden doors are particularly attractive. The area around the church is a delightful snapshot of the real Algarve. Main church - Built in the 13th century by the wife of the second lord of Alte to give thanks for his safe return from the eighth crusade to the Holy Land, the church has been modified on a number of occasions since, above all in the 16th and 18th centuries. The interior consists of three naves, with short, squat columns dressed with brick to bear the weight of the structure. The main chapel has a Manueline triumphal arch that is partially hidden by wooden mouldings. The vaulted ceiling is painted with decorated keystones. The walls and vaults are decorated with 18th century tiles. The chapel of São Sebastião (St. Sebastian) contains some notable polychrome tiles made in Seville which date from the end of the 16th century. The carved vestibules in the chapels of Nossa Senhora do Rosdrio (Our Lady of the Rosary) and São Francisco (St. Francis) are good examples of 18th century art; the latter is also decorated with the coat of arms of the Counts of Alte. Among the statues in the church and the sacristy; three in particular merit a mention: a 17th century Santa Teresa (St. Theresa), a Nossa Senhora do Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary) and a Santa Margarida Lady BIargareti full of movement and life, from the 18th century. The two fonts are in the Manueline style (16th century). Chapel of Sao Luis (St. Louis) - Built at the beginning of the 15th century, it was subsequently altered until it attained its current appearance, that of a country, church in the taste of the 18th century. The interior is plain: its most curious feature is a series of four paintings in a popular idiom depicting the life of St. Louis (18th century). Fonte Pequena and Fonte Grande - For centuries these two sources were a meeting place for the women of the village who would fill their water pitchers and do their washing. Tables and stone benches have now been installed, in the shade of the trees; making this an ideal spot for having a picnic or just lazing around. Ribeira de Alte and its mills - The waters of the Fonte Pequena and Fonte Grande, which are the source of the Alte river, once turned the wheels of the village's nine mills. Most have since fallen into ruins, the Moinho da Aboboda mill, which is known to date back to 13th century, is still in evidence.

Restaurants in or near to Alte

Cantinho d'Alte

A small restaurant with a central courtyard.
Where :Av. 25 de Abril, 11
Tel :(+351) 289 478 272


Once an ancient coastal village now a very popular holiday location. The enclosed narrow cobbled streets have kept development in the village to a minimum. Many of these streets now have bars with live music and different types of restaurants but leading off from these there are still parts of the older fishing village. There are a number of holiday resorts In the area and as a result the tourists will flood the town in the mid / peak seasons. The village is located on a hill facing a natural lagoon opening onto the sea. There is a modern fish market on the seafront and a good wide promenade lined with fish restaurants ( open grilled sardines! ). There is a long open sandy beach with a choice of 'beach bars' which were once strategically spaced along its length, but are now replaced with a group of three larger bar restaurants at the town end of the beach. Also there are a number of small coves tucked under the cliffs. The 16th Century Parish Church has, in its main doorway, a prime example  of the great craftsmanship of the "Manueline" era of architecture. It is the only building that has survived the earthquake of November 1755.

Bars in or near to Alvor

Fair Worth a visit Must Try Big Screen (sport) Karaoke Other Entertainment Favourite

Alans Bar

Small & Long. Good snacks. Telly only.

Alvor Tavern

Formerly McNamaras. Quiet, rarely busy as its wee bit out of the way.
 06/2005  A newly refurbished bar. Small, some live music. A bit out of the way. Early days yet.
 10/2005  Renamed Alvor Tavern (dropped the Irish theme) otherwise nothing has changed.


Where :4 PçRepúb.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 860


Strange shaped bar, but 'back' room has excellent live music most every night.
Where :17-r/c Dr Fred° R Mendes.
Tel :(+351) 282 459 339. Alvor.  2005, 2006 & 2007 

The Black Stove

A large corner bar. Predominantly Irish but occasionally has other live acts. Karaoke. Has a big stage and plenty of seating. The bar is split into a third smoking and two thirds non-smoking. With the efficient air conditioning this actually works well. Children's games room with, air hockey, pool, table soccer, wide screen TV, and a video link monitor direct to the bar area. Full wheelchair accessibility and toilet facilities for the disabled. Food served daily from 12-3pm and from 6pm on. Traditional Sunday Lunch. All major sporting events shown live, including GAA Hurling and Football, Premiership, Rugby, Formula 1, Golf & Tennis. Sport shown on 3 Plasma Screen TV's. Traditional homemade food, including, 'Pats famous curry', fish and chips, pies etc. Children's menu. Draught Guinness & Kilkenny. All major Irish Whisky brands, Cocktail Specialities.  04/2008 
 05/2009  By far the busiest bar in Alvor at the moment.
Where :Rua João II, 26 ( Down the hill toward the taxi rank )
Tel :(+351) 282 458 684
Fax :(+351) 282 458 684
Web :Black Stove

Bolan Bar

Where :2 Poeta João Deus.
Tel :(+351) 282 459 007


Miquel, Nelson and Jimmy's newly acquired ( 02/2006 ) bar on the hill leading toward the seafront. Live Music most nights. Karaoke from midnight onward. Small but perfectly formed! Closes eventually ( I made 07.30 ) Great atmosphere, good company. Targus rather than Superbok served here.
 04/2006 . Jimmy has left but Miquel and Nelson still carrying on.
 04/2008 . A bit of re-arrangement inside has given it a better layout. Live music 3 nights a week ( Mon, Wed & Fri ), Karaoke the rest.
Where :34-r/c Dr Fred° R Mendes. Alvor. ( On the 'strip' leading down to the harbour )


Where: 34-r/c Paço.
Tel :(+351) 282 459 463

Cactus II

A bright, open, airy bar in the complex. Sports on TV. Happy hour prices most of the day. Sunny Patio seating.
Where : Dunas da Alvor ( complex ), Loja 16.

Calypso Bar

Where :Lt 15 Qt Amoreira.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 094


Where :14-A Estr Alvor-4 Estradas.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 110

Happy Nights

A fairly basic, roomy bar, with Karaoke. Can get exceptionally lively in the early hours.
 04/2008  More 'partying' until the early hours.
Where :8 Dr Fred° R Mendes.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 114

Irish Inn

A nice atmosphere, busy but quite roomy. Big stage.
 2004, 2006, 2007  Still a handy watering hole.


Very small bar, good for 'toasties' etc. Really a day bar with a few seats out front. Nice staff. Music Channel on the telly.
 04/2007  Now Closed down.

Michaels Bar

Smallish but usually very busy. Shows big screen football but evenings is definitely  karaoke. I used to end up here at the end of the day (as its near to where I stay when in Alvor ). Our 'local' when we visit. Excellent staff and boss. Superbok beer.
 2003 - 2009   Still going strong.
 04/2008  A lot quieter this year, but still fun. Also a change in Karaoke compere.

O Pátio

Where :7 r/cPaz.
Tel :(+351) 282 459 141


Where :2 S.João.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 276

Sei Lá Bar

Where :Lt3-lj4 Qt Praia-Alvor.
Tel :(+351) 282 457 041

The Sports Bar

Pretty much the ultimate sports bar. A stack of TVs with several channels on at one time. All major sports events covered. The major daily event is also shown on big screen at the back of the bar. Plenty of seating outside, inside and upstairs. Good atmosphere and lively, friendly service.
Where :Dr Fred° R Mendes. Alvor. ( On the left hand side of the 'strip' leading down to the harbour )
Tel :t.b.a.

The Venue

When it was the Shamrock it was a large scruffy unexciting bar ( unless there is a karaoke night or the occasional band ) but after a period of refurbishment it re-opened as the Venue and looking very nice big screen football if you're desperate / mob handed.   advertising live music most nights. Attached is a pretty good Indian restaurant / take away.
 04/2005  Closed. Being re-furbished.
 04/2006  Very nice, a great improvement. Good Elvis impersonator. San Miquel on draught.
 04/2008  Now nicely established, An even wider range and now more frequent entertainment.

Wild Rover

Where :2 Paz.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 011
Restaurants in or near to Alvor

A Cubata

Tel :(+351) 282 459 129

Al Dente


A sort of local pizza hut restaurant but much classier.
Pricing: € 25.00
 04/2004  Service goes to pieces a bit when busy but whose rushing? Otherwise really well cooked pizzas.
 04/2006  Still very enjoyable and busy early evening.
 04/2008  Another very enjoyable meal.
Where :t4-lj 1 Qt Praia.
Tel :(+351) 282 457 555


Tel :(+351) 282 458 979

Adega d'Alvor

Tel :(+351) 282 457 407


Tel :(+351) 282 458 775



Tel :(+351) 282 459 885


Part of the hotel / apartment complex. A large dining area. Good, efficient service, even when busy.
Pricing:€ 20.00
Where : .
Tel : 


Snr. Gilberto and his team serve a Portuguese / Mediterranean menu with imaginative and tasty food attractively presented. Friendly and opulent atmosphere. A great view over the Bay of Lagos. Accepts Credit Cards. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Pricing:€ 25.00
Open:For Dinner only.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 561


Definitely one to visit. food, ambience, staff are all consistently excellent. Excellent house wines. A genuine Portuguese restaurant. Quite busy at weekends, but still manages to cater for 16 of us! Have used this at least twice a visit for the last five years.
Pricing :€ 25.00
Where :Ed Vale-Mar-lj B Poeta Ant° Aleixo.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 126

Casa do Mar (Seafood)

Tel :(+351) 282 458 191

Casa do Rio

Tel :(+351) 282 457 443


Located on the Alto Club villa complex ( where I stay when in Alvor ) opposite the Reception. Smart and a bit pricey. Flambé style a speciality.
Tel : (+351) 282 459 641

Dom Pipas

Tel :(+351) 282 459 625

Fisherman's Rest

Tel :(+351) 282 458 170


Excellent steaks on wood, otherwise a pretty standard menu. A good large restaurant with a small patio garden area at the rear. Can handle fairly large parties.
 2003 - 2008  Still consistent though after six years of visits.
 04/2008  Still going well and the food and service as good as ever.
Tel :(+351) 282 457 575

Grande Muralha

Tel :(+351) 282 457 154


Tel :(+351) 282 458 208


Tel :(+351) 282 401 334

La Latina

Mainly use this as a *breakfast bar, it opens early. Outside seating. Comfy, quiet and a good 'fry up'. It does have a proper menu Superbock.


One of my favourites, just been refurbished . Good all rounder, food and service. They can handle large groups. Nice patio out front and new additional seating space upstairs.
 04/2004  Still good food/service.
 04/2007  A bit of a casual attitude this year, shame.
 04/2008  Better this year, though a bit quiet.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 627


A bistro / bar, it opens 'earlyish' ( 09.00 - 09.30 ) if you fancy a bit of pre-golf breakfast. Inside & outside seating. A good 'fry up' ( Ask for a 'smiley face' breakfast ). English run ( Mark & Jackie, not forgetting Lisa ). A great sun-trap if you can handle it after the night before! Excellent service. Bottom of the town on the way to the main beach. My 5th year of using this excellent bistro / bar.  04/2009 
Where :Dunas da Alvor ( complex ), Loja 16
Tel :(+351 282 457 548

Miss Pasta


Tel :(+351) 282 459 399

Nova China


If you must. Food varied each visit. Bit 'gooey' (MSG overload).
Tel : (+351) 282 457 888

O Arco Velha

Tel :(+351) 282 458 468

O Trovador

Tel :(+351) 282 458 259


Tel :(+351) 282 459 162

Tasca Morgandinho

Tel :(+351) 282 459 144


Can vary, though generally good food. The place feels 'cold', needs to be busy.
Where :20 Dr Fred° R Mendes.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 726




Tel :(+351) 282 471 823

Fonte de Pedra

Tel :(+351) 282 471 034

Solar do Farelo

Tel :(+351) 282 471 405

A Oficina

Tel :(+351) 282 968 433

Adega Vila Lisa

Tel :(+351) 282 968 478

Restaurante 125

Tel :(+351) 282 969 053

Montes de Alvor


Santo Antonio

Tel :(+351) 282 495 639

Quinta Marachique


O Xico (Seafood)

Tel :(+351) 282 458 185

Por do Sol

Tel :(+351) 282 459 505

Senhora do Verde


O Tasco

Tel :(+351) 282 471 769

A Cubata

Where :45 Dr Fred° R Mendes.
Tel :(+351) 282 459 129

A Fóia

Where :Lt2-r/c-Rossio S. Pedro.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 192

A Lota Marisqueira

Where :79 Ribeira.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 444

A Ribeira

Where :15 Ribeira.
Tel :(+351) 282 457 012


Where :11 Ribeira.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 979

Adega D'Alvor

Where :50 Mg Pombal.
Tel :(+351) 282 457 407

Al Dente Pizzaria

Excellent Pizza Restaurant.
Where :Bottom end of town, down the hill.
Tel :(+351) 282 457 555


Where :1 Dr Ant° J Almª.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 288


Where :Praia 3 Irmãos.
Tel :(+351) 282 459 647

Barrica-Hotelaria e Turismo Lda

Where :Lt-ij A-Rossio Grande.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 099

Blue Reef

Where :LtC-r/c D.João II.
Tel :(+351) 282 459 659

Buganvilla Hospedaria

Where :Lt 6 Pte Mendes.
Tel :(+351) 282 459 412


See Above

Casa Maré

Where :10 Lg Ribeira.
Tel :(+351) 282 457 837

Casa Da Familia

Self-service / Take-away.
Where :46 -r/cEstr.
Tel :(+351) 282 483 900

Casa do Rio

Where :25-A S. João.
Tel :(+351) 282 457 443

Chefe João

Where :37 Mq Pombal.
Tel :(+351) 282 457 077

China Garden

Where :43 Dr Af Costa.
Tel :(+351) 282 457 284

Cinco Quinas

Where :Praia Alvor.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 384

Colibri Snack-Bar

Where :14-A Estr Alvor-4 Estradas.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 110

Dong Zhou Lda Chinês

Where :Viv Marlindo-r/c D. Joao II.
Tel :(+351) 282 457 154

Com Pipas

Where :55-r/c Mq Pombal.
Tel :(+351) 282 459 625

Eurobisul-Comerção e Restauracao Lda

Where :2-A Dr Fred° R Mendes.
Tel :(+351) 282 457 034


Where :2-C Poeta Joao Deus.
Tel :(+351) 282 459 777

Grande Muralha Chinês


Where :Viv Marlindo-r/c D. Joao II.
Tel :(+351) 282 457 154

Hong Kong Chinês


Where :34-r/c Dr. Af Cost.
Tel :(+351) 282 459 309

HAng Zhou Chinês


Part of a growing culture of restaurants providing a budget meal option. I can well recommend the buffet menu at 9.50 for as much as you can eat. A choice of 12 dishes such as deep fried prawns, duck, satay, curries with rice and crackers, mix and match as you like.
Where : Dr Antonio Jose Almeida, 10. On the right hand side of the road ( the one with the two cashpoint machines ) coming from the main taxi rank.
Tel :(+351) 282 459 888


Where :18-r/c Igrª.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 369


Where :Praia 3 Irmãos.
Tel :(+351) 282 459 688


See Above. 65-r/c Dr. Fred° R Mendes.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 627

New Delhi

Where :66-A Mq Pombal.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 913

A Nora

A comfortable unpretentious small "Tasca" style location set slightly back from the road halfway between Alvor and Montes de Alvor in the direction of the A22. The menu is limited and composed of mainly regional favourites. Accepts Credit Cards.
Where :Rua Poeta António Aleixo
Tel :(+351) 282 458 126

Nova China

Where :47 Mq Pombal.
Tel :(+351) 282 457 888

O Arco Da Velha

Where :6-A Pedro A Cabral.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 468

O Candeeiro

Where :Praia 3 Irmaos.
Tel :(+351) 282 459 537

O Castelo

Where :15 Trás Cast.
Tel :(+351) 282 459 389

O Chico

Where :Lt32-r/c Urbaniz Mar Serra-Má Partilha.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 185

O Parque

Where :Pq Campismo.
Tel :(+351) 282 457 785

O Trovador

Where :48 Dr. Fred R Mendes.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 259

Paddys Bar

A smallish Irish bar but still manages to do live music. Friendly and lively atmosphere though a bit claustrophobic. Smoking o.k.

Paladar Pizzaria

Where :5 Vasco Gama.
Tel :(+351) 282 426 812

Perola Alvor

Another of the new growing culture of budget restaurants. Plain basic decor, no trimmings here ( e.g. paper tablecloths ). Just reasonable food at very cheap prices. A 'six' course meal for approx 12 inc. wine. Several set menu options. Garlic prawns, Portuguese steak etc. If you can't afford to eat every night in the more popular restaurants on the 'strip' try here and save at least 50% off your bill!
Where :Rua D.Antonio Jose Almeida, 29. On the left hand side of the road ( the one with the two cashpoint machines ) coming from the main taxi rank.
Tel :(+351) 916 105 633


Where :Lt 66B° Figueiral Velho-Mexilhoeira Grande, Praia .
Tel :(+351) 282 459 434

Rio Mar

Where :27, 1 D. Sancho I.
Tel :(+351) 282 458 717


Opened in 2007, and has built up a deservedly good reputation. Down the main street, Rua Dr Frederico Mendes, just past the Sports Café. Turn right at Bolan Bar ( R. Poeta Joao de Deus ) and its two streets over on the right ( upstairs ).

Salva Vidas

Where :Vasco Gama.
Tel :  (+351) 282 457 940

Santo Antonio

Where :Lt2 Urbaniz St. Ant° Alvor-Montes.
Tel : (+351) 282 495 639


Where :1-A Estr.
Tel :  (+351) 282 422 518

Vagabondo Grill

See Above.


A village easily missed except for the petrol station and Ecomarche  supermarket at the side of the N125. Small, with picturesque streets, an antique fountain and tank for washing clothes. Nearby stand abandoned windmills and a typical lime kiln.
Main Church - A country church (18th century). Carved and gilded altars. Interesting effigy of Nossa Senhora do Rosário (Our Lady of the Rosary) (17th century). Religious artefacts (16th/18th centuries).
Hermitage of São António (St. Anthony) - 18th century edifice Panoramic views from the church churchyard.
Hermitage of São Lourenço (St. Lawrence) - Built in the 16th and 17th centuries. The front of the altar is decorated with tiles from the 18th century.

Restaurants in or near to Budens

o' Tiago

Like the village, small ( 8 tables ) and easily missed. Typical good Portuguese fare. Nicely presented and large portions. Steak on a stone recommended.
Open :Open for dinner Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays
Where :By the Church
Tel :(+351) 282 695 081
Mobile :(+351) 917 271 145


10 minutes drive west of Luz, fifteen minutes from Lagos. An old fishing village, overlooking a small bay and sandy beach, with a good beach bar. Relatively unspoilt by tourism as it is  protected by a conservation order to retain the areas character, (but see update below). It has some good restaurants and bars. Built on a hillside, the old fishermen's houses line cobbled streets leading to the bay, and the still active fishing fleet. (2005) Despite the so called national park / conservation order some extensive villa / apartment development is under way which probably means another village will succumb to the ever growing tourist trade. Access from the N125 is by a pretty narrow 'main' road, be careful.

Cabanas / Velhas

Driving through Burgau down toward the beach but turning right before you get there will take you along a road which peters out to a track. This leads to a small unspoilt bay. Populated by a newish beach bar (replacing the original in 2004). This beach is also known as Fisherman's Beach or Quarry Beach, as there is an old quay there, where stone was shipped out, which is now used for fishing. The old cabins can still be seen on the hill. Extensive building is planned on the surrounding hills (despite being part of the nature reserve), so visit whilst you can.

Blue Wave

Calbanas Velhas
Calbanas Velhas

A solitary beach bar on a beautiful quiet beach. A Smart log cabin style with terrace. Quite modern, light and 'airy'. Totally peaceful and a beautiful location. Excellent fish dishes, meals and snacks. Bit off the beaten track but highly recommended.
Where : Through Burgau, 1km turn left down the dirt track toward the bay.

Restaurants in or near to Burgau

A Barraca
( The Hut )

Looks basic but the food is good, particularly for fresh, grilled fish. Seats about 50. A lovely view high over Burgau beach and across to the cliffs.
Where :Largo dos Pescadores, 2
Tel :(+351) 282 697 748
Web :Restaurantebarraca


Family run restaurant. Terrace with sea view. International menu with specialties such as Sole with Bananas, Steak Tartare and Pepper steak.  A bit on the pricey side but popular never the less. Reservation recommended.
Open:12:00-15:00 Friday to Sunday, 19:00-23:00 Tuesday to Sunday.
Closed:March-June: Mon & Tues. July-November: Mon.
Where :Rua da Praia, Burgau.
Tel :(+351) 282 697 102
Web :Ancora

Bar Brizze

Bar and Cafeteria 30m from the beach.
Open :7 days, Summer - 07.30 to 22.00 Winter - 07.30 to 18.00
Where :Rua Beira
Tel :(+351) t.b.a.
Web :Brizze

Beira Mar

Details next visit.
Tel :(+351) 282 697 157

Beach Bar

A popular beach bar at Burgau. Well known for its good food (Fish Grills) and service.
Sunbeds and canoes for hire.
Closed :Restaurant Mondays.
Open :Snack bar - 7 days, 09.30 - 18.00.
Tel : (+351) 282 697 553


International and Portuguese cuisine.
Where :Rua Vale de Burgau
Tel :(+351) 282 697 274

D. Dinis. Restaurante Bar

Family run by José & wife Rosa. Portuguese & International menu. Steaks with sauces (all fillet), grilled lamb chops,
cataplana, many fresh fish etc. all with veg. Good house wine. Terrace overlooking countryside.
Open :06.30 to 22.30. Evenings only till May.
Closed :Thursday.
Where :1 km from Burgau toward Sagres / Salema on the right hand side.
Book José: Tel :(+351) 282 697 461 or Mobile: (+351) 936 457 859.
Web :Domdinis-burgau ( site unavailable 01/09/09 )


Details next visit.
Tel :(+351) 963378539

O Malhao

A Friendly Portuguese restaurant.  Eat inside or out, also a summer terrace. Omelettes, Fish, Duck, Pork, Steak and some good cataplana (for two or more).
WhereAbout half way between Praia da Luz and Burgau on the local road which runs nearest to the coast. It is on the right hand side of the road coming from Luz, before the right turn to Almadena and almost opposite Porto Dona Maria.


 A 50 seater traditional Portuguese restaurant. Part of the Descobrimentos apartment complex. Portuguese folk ( Fado ) music in the summer.
Where :Rua da Forteleza
Tel :(+351) 282 697 761
Fax :(+351) 282 697 759
Web :Restaurantenavegador

Pielas Bar

Details next visit.
Tel :(+351) 282 697 370

The Pig's Head

Pub grub and Sunday roasts - Pool Tables. Seasonal live music. Karaoke. Big TV for sports.
Where :Montinhos de Burgau.
Tel :(+351) 282 788 009


Details next visit.
Tel :(+351) 282 697 602

Smugglers Bar

Details next visit.
Tel :(+351) 282 697 122

Verandas Bar

 Large Veranda. Bar all day. Snacks at lunchtime.
Where :Largo dos Pescadores, 4
Tel :(+351) 917 745 451
Web :Varandasbar
Shops in or near to Burgau

( A.T.M ) Cash Point

Where : On the main street ( Rua Principal ) in the Marretas Comercial Center ( near the Church ).

Sardine Factory

Souvenirs,  T-Shirts, Gift ideas: Ceramics, Jewellery etc. Fishing tackle (with hire service) . UK cigarettes.
Where :On the one way street up from beach & Smugglers Bar.
Tel mobile:(+351) 917 761 089.

Marretas Supermarket

Open:Winter - 08.30 to 19.00, Summer - 08.00 to 21.00
Where :Centro Commercial, Rua Principal, 9
Tel :(+351) 282 687 111
Web :Supmarretas

'Os Mocos' Supermarket

Open:Winter - 08.00 to 20.00, Summer - 08.00 to 22.00
Where :Rua 25 Abril, 19
Tel :(+351) 282 687 157
Web :Supmocos


A village on the main EN 125, with roads that lead south to Praia da Luz, and north to Barão de São João. A typical Portuguese village. The part facing the main road looks fairly modern and the roads are well made but go one row of houses back and the roads revert to old cobble style and are murderously narrow in parts. If you go into the village, rather than  just by-passing it on the main road, you will find a few restaurants and bars, a supermarket and newsagents.

Restaurants in or near to Espiche

Adega do Papagaio

Choose from various menus and cook yourself on a hot stone at your table.  Good salads and wine. Offers a fixed price (13 Euros) 'eat as much as you like' menu option plus Fado shows Tuesdays and Saturdays during the summer season.
Tel :(+351) 282 789 423

Bar Carib

Carib map

An 'Up market Pool Cafe', with panoramic views to Sagres, just 1 Km from Luz. Running for 12+ years. Good food. Lunches, Dinners and Snacks all day. Provides a Take Away service and can cater for Private Parties.
Open:7 days a week from 10am.
Where :Montinhos da Luz.
Tel :(+351) 282 788 908

O Fontenario

Friendly family run restaurant. Portuguese and International menu. Cool and spacious with a patio for dining outside.  Extensive Wine list. Attentive staff. Good food at reasonable prices. Large portions. Children's Menu. Enclosed play area. Gets busy evenings ( 20.00 on ) so booking recommended especially in the high season.
Open:June - August 7 days otherwise Closed Sundays
Where :Just off the 'square'.
Tel :(+351) 282 789 953

O Areoes

Just outside the village of Espiche this restaurant offers traditional Portuguese food and specialises in the Portuguese "Fado" singing and dancing.

Ninfa Bar

Can't miss it, the name (painted on the outside wall) can be seen from the main road. English staff. Quiet off season. BBQ on Sundays, occasional live music, sun terrace and a big garden. (Lots of steps at the front entrance)
Mobile :(+351) 919 674 162

Sangam Jardim


Sangam Jardim Indian Restaurant - Espiche
Sangam Jardim Indian Restaurant - Espiche

A new restaurant for 2012 in Espiche. An Indian restaurant serving authentic cuisine such as Tandoori and Seafood Specials, Chicken and Lamb dishes, Birianis and vegetarian dishes.
Seating up to 80 people, 40 seats inside and 40 outside on a beautiful terrace with large child friendly gardens, Sangam Jardim is ideal for private parties. They also offer special discount to Groups of 8 and over.
Sunday lunch menu with three courses and a cocktail for 15 euros. Private parking.

Open :Every day from 11.30am - 14.30pm for Lunch ( except Monday ) & 18.00 - 23.00 for Dinner.
Where :Opposite the Fontenario restaurant in Espiche, the village opposite the 2nd turning ( coming from Lagos ) on the N125 into Luz ( not the old road ).
Address :Rua Canelas 16. 8600-109 Lagos Espiche
Tel :(+351) 282 760 882
Mobile :(+351) 922 177 715
Web :sangamjardin  06/2012

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Camping Turiscampo Espiche

A useful camping site.
The beach (Luz) is about 2,5 km away.
The site has a restaurant, bar, snack bar and minimarket.
Where :  On the right near the cross roads by the second turning for Luz (coming from Lagos).
Estrada Nacional (EN)125 Espiche. 8600 Luz
Open :All year round.
Tel :(+351) 282 789 265
Fax :(+351) 282 788 578

Camping Orbitur-Valverde

The beach (Luz) is about 3 km away.
The site has a restaurant, bar, pool, playground,  tennis and a minimarket.
Mobile home service station, Tents, Caravans and Bungalows for rent.
Where :1.5km from Luz.
Praia da Luz - Valverde, 8800-283 Lagos
Open :All year round.
Tel :(+351) 282 789 211 / 2
Fax :(+351) 282 789 213

Barlavento English School

A private day school for boys and girls aged 4 to 11 years old, and the school follows the English national curriculum in most subjects.
Fees : Fees for Session 2007 – 2008 (per term)
Reception class: 1,113.
Junior 1: 1,181.
Junior 2: 1,196.
Seniors: 1,228.
Registration Fee: 150.
Address :Caixa 250-Z Ferrel - Espiche. 8600-110 Lagos
Tel :(+351) 282 789 206
Web :Internationalschoolalgarve
Link:  1  


Faro is the principal town of the Algarve. Also home to its international airport. It is often overlooked as visitors just pass it on their way to the resorts, but if you get a chance to stop for a while you will find it a fascinating and quite a picturesque town. Though it is quite a large sprawling town, it is probably best if you park up near the centre or by the marina and walk. There is quite a mixture of 'old fashioned' and modern shops as well as masses of cafe bars and restaurants.
The main point of interest is the peaceful old town, reached via the Arco da Vila, an 18th century arch built on the site of a medieval castle gate with stork nests at the top. At its heart is the Largo da Sé, a cobbled square surrounded by elegant buildings, including the Bishops' Palace. Two hundred of its valuable books, now in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, were stolen during the period of Spanish rule in 1596 when English troops burned the city.
In the center of the square is the Renaissance-style cathedral, which was all but destroyed in the English attack. The base of the bell tower, its medieval doorway, and two chapels survived, but everything else was rebuilt in the following century. The interior is decorated with 17th- and 18th-century tiles and behind it is a 16th-century convent converted into an Archaeological Museum that includes remains from the nearby Roman ruins of Estoi. Particularly interesting is the mosaic devoted to Neptune and the four winds.
Nearby is also the Church of São Francisco with a plain façade but with rich gilt-covered woodwork and blue and white tiles in the interior.
Back in the modern center of town is Faro's most bizarre sight, the Chapel of Bones in the baroque Carmo Church. The walls are entirely covered with bones and skulls from the church cemetery, while the rest of the interior is Baroque, mostly decorated in precious Brazilian gold leaf. The Church of São Pedro is also attractive, with a fine altar whose central image is a gilded Last Supper in relief.
Many of the neighbouring streets are now pedestrian only, and are filled with many cafes and restaurants. A famous café is Café Aliança, a charming old-style coffeehouse with images of a 'old' Faro.
By the harbour are two small museums, the Regional Ethnographic Museum, providing a glimpse of traditional Algarve way of life, and the Maritime Museum, with model ships illustrating the region's and the country's naval history.
The closest beach is a massive stretch of white sand on the Ilha de Faro, reached by frequent ferry or bus services, or if you are driving take the turning off of the first roundabout at the airport ( the one with the statues of people watching the planes taking off ).

Services in or near to Faro


Tel :(+351) 289 803 411


Tel :(+351) 289 801 828


Restaurants in or near to Faro

Dois Irmaos Restaurant

Restaurant situated in an old small corner house.
International dishes.
Where : In the square opposite the Cathedral. Largo Terreiro do Bispo 20, Faro.

Pousada de Sao Bras

Portuguese cuisine. Overlooking the sea and Caldeirao mountain. Good international wine cellar. Credit cards accepted.
OpenEvery day.
Where :At Poco dos Ferreiros, Sao Bras de Alportel, Faro.
Tel :(+351) 289 845 171.
Web :Pousadasportugal
Link:  1  


This inland town, not to be confused with Lagos, about 12 miles to the west, is the wine capital of the Algarve. It is not known when Lagoa was actually founded, and it was only after 1773, when it was elevated to the status of a town, that its history was first documented, but it is known that nearby Estombar and Porches were important centres in the Islamic and medieval periods and that Ferragudo had defensive ramparts. Nowadays Lagoa is at the forefront of the modern Algarve. Standing on a small hill, it is surrounded by vineyards and its white houses gleam in the distance. A very peaceful town in contrast to the tourist centres on the coast. Nearby Carvoeiro, with its charming sandy cove, is an old fishing village which became a popular holiday resort, but of the ancient fortress and convent there is little left. A walk through Lagoa's ancient streets will soon confirm this with the heady aroma of ageing wine drifting from the underground cellars. The local wine is served in all the bars and restaurants and a winery tour is available.

Restaurants in or near to Lagoa

Casa Velha do Pescador

Between Carvoeiro and Armacao de Pera. 100 meters to the beach. A 19th century fisherman's cottage carefully restored and filled with antiquities. Benagil.
Tel :(+351) 282 358 840.
Tel Mobile:(+351) 917 844 823.
Fax :(+351) 917 844 823.


Belgium restaurant with creative cuisine.
Where :Centre of Lagoa.
Tel :(+351) 282 341 062.


Portuguese and international cuisine. Fresh fish and meat from the BBQ.
Where :Carvoeiro.
Tel :(+351) 282 358 368.


International cuisine. Wednesday night Indonesian menu. An old Portuguese townhouse atmosphere.
Where :Carvoeiro.
Tel :(+351) 282 356 379.

O Lotus

Traditional Portuguese and Algarvian cooking.
Tel :(+351) 282 352 098.
Shops in or near to Lagoa


MACETA - Lagoa. New premises (2006). Very good chemist in Lagoa with all pharmaceuticals as well as brand names, cosmetics, skin & sun care products. Many perfumes. Helpful, multilingual staff. Pharmacist always on duty.
Where : 
Tel :(+351) 282 343 377


Clarks, Gabor, Adidas. Ladies’ & men’s styles available at factory outlet prices. Up to 40% discount. Plus Nike Golf Shoes at discounted prices. The Algarve’s largest selection of Men’s, ladies’, children’s, Sport & casual footwear.
Open:Everyday 10.00 - 19.00
Where :On EN125, 200mt east of Lagoa, Mestre Maco building.
Tel :(+351) 282 343 065.
Bank Barclays
Where :Est. Nacional 125, km 52.3 Sítio do Carmo, 8400-405 Lagoa
Tel :(+351) 282 380 500
Fax :(+351) 282 380 501


Link:  1  



Just ten minutes from Praia da Luz is one of the Algarve's largest towns. Lagos is a major fishing port yet steeped in history and interest. Lagos was the capital of the Algarve from 1578 until 1756. It is, I think, still the Algarve's third or forth largest town. It was the home of the first slave market which can still be seen standing on the riverbank. The statue of Henry the Navigator overlooks the promenade displaying the towns close association with the sea. Plenty of lively bars and good shops. The old town defined by the city walls and two streets (Rua de São Gonçalo and Rua 5 de Outubro) is particularly nice with plenty of street cafes and restaurants and is a great place to roam around. Grab a 'freemap' (available in most bars, shops etc.) to get the best out of this town. There are several very large supermarkets mostly situated in and on the outskirts of the town. Coming from Luz the Intermarche is probably the most accessible ( see the section below ).

Useful Lagos telephone numbers
Town Hall Tel :(+351) 282 762 055
Support to Tourists Tel :800 296 296
Fire Brigade Tel :(+351) 282 770 790
Tourist Office (Aljesur) Tel :(+351) 282 998 229
Police Tel :(+351) 282 762 930
Tourist Office (Lagos) Tel :(+351) 282 763 031
Hospital Tel :(+351) 282 770 100
SOS / Emergency Tel :112
Hospital Privado São Gonçalo Tel :(+351) 282 760 181
Railways (CP) - Tel :808 208 208
Emergency Treatment Tel :(+351) 282 771 000
Ambulance Tel :(+351) 282 760 115
Barclays Bank Where :Urb. Varandas de S. João, Lote 6, 8600-324 Lagos
Tel :(+351) 282 780 020
Fax :(+351) 282 780 021
Bars in or near to Lagos

Amuras Bar

Where :3 Marina.
Tel :(+351) 282 792 095

Aplauso Bar

Where :1/3 Lg Quarteís.
Tel :(+351) 282 764 986

Arco Iris Bar

Where :9 Escola-Espiche.
Tel :+351) 282 789 948

Artist O Bar

Where :56 Ant C Sant.
Tel :(+351) 282 769 147

Arquinhos Snack Bar

Where :7 Lg Merc- Espiche Luz.
Tel :(+351) 282 788 782

Atlântico Restaurante Bar

Where :Estr Meia Praia.
Tel :(+351) 282 792 086

Baía Bar Restaurante

Where :67 Rua Pts Port.
Tel :(+351) 282 762 343

Christophorus Bar

Where :Vale Peles - Bensafrim.
Tel :(+351) 282 688 123

Da Marina Wine Bar

Where :35 Av Descobrimentos.
Tel :(+351) 282 764 284

Do Papagaio Wine Bar

Where :11 Lg Adega-Espiche.
Tel :(+351) 282 789 423

Kopus Bar

Where :Ed Luztur-B-rc - lj AX-Praia Luz.
Tel :(+351) 282 789 984

Lionheart Bar

Where :12 Cast Governadores.
Tel :(+351) 282 762 246

Lota Bar

Where :Doca pesca.
Tel :(+351) 282 764 048

Luís Bar

Where :50-r/c Ant° C Sant.
Tel :(+351) 282 761 731

Luisol Bar

Where :21 S José.
Tel :(+351) 282 761 794

Milenium Restaurante Bar

Where :76 - 25 Abril.
Tel :(+351) 282 762 897

Mirante Bar

Where :Praia D Ana-St. Maria.
Tel :(+351) 282 762 713

Moinho Bar

Where :Urbaniz Hospital SJ Deus.
Tel :(+351) 282 769 464

O Cangalho Bar

Where :Br° S. João.
Tel :(+351) 282 687 218

O Caseiro Restaurante

Where :Estr Arão - Arão.
Tel :(+351) 282 799 503

O Castelo Lda

Where :47 - 25 Abril.
Tel :(+351) 282 760 957

Pastas Lda

Where :Ed Mar-A-Vista Praia Luz.
Tel :(+351) 282 789 766

Plum-Bar Restaurante Lda

Where :17 Ant° B Viana.
Tel :(+351) 282 089 684

Shaker Bar

Where :68-r/c 25 Abril.
Tel : (+351) 282 761 977

Six Bar

Where :20 Lg Poço-Almádera.
Tel :(+351) 282 697 614

Sol Nascente Bar

Where :Ponta Pied-St Maria.
Tel :(+351) 282 768 716

Stevie Ray´s Bar Jazz Bar

Where :9,1o Stª Graça.
Tel :(+351) 282 760 673

Vai A Remos Wine Bar

Where :Vale Amoreira-St Maria.
Tel :(+351) 282 782 385

Velha Wine Bar

Where :7 Tv Tanoeiros.
Tel :(+351) 282 761 752

Zawaia Bar

Where :99-25 Abril.
Tel :(+351) 282 768 329
Restaurants in or near to Lagos

O Alberto

Where :27 Lg Convento St Glór.
Tel :(+351) 282 769 387

O Algarvio

Where :71-A-r/c D. Vasco Gama.
Tel :(+351) 282 760 558


Where :Lt2 -lj 4 Av Cabo Bojador.
Tel :(+351) 282 767 061

Os Almeidas

Where :Vale Coito-Odiáxere.
Tel :(+351) 282 799 527


Where :Praia de Porto de Mós.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 560

Os Arcos

Where :32 -25 Abril.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 210

Arquinhos Snack Bar

Where :7 Lg Merc- Espiche Luz.
Tel :(+351) 282 788 782

As Asinhas

Where :Lt24-lj A Estr Ponta Pied.
Tel :(+351) 282 764 257

Asia Chinês


Where :C Com Marina-lj-32/3.
Tel :(+351) 282 792 180

Atlântico Bar

Where :Estr Meia Praia.
Tel :(+351) 282 792 086


Where :Lt4-r/c-D Lg Salazar Moscoso.
Tel :(+351) 282 764 081

Baía Bar

Where :67 Rua Pts Port.
Tel :(+351) 282762 343


Where :Barragem-Odiáxere.
Tel :(+351) 282 687 810

Bom Apetite

Where :Lt 12-B José Af.
Tel :(+351) 282 760 113

Bon (N) Itália Pizzaria

Where :Lt25-lj B Estr Ponta Pied.
Tel :(+351) 282 767 683

Branca Azul

Where :Lt1 Urbaniz Branca Azul-Montinhos Luz.
Tel :(+351) 282 789 836


Where :Qt Cachoa-4 Estradas.
Tel :(+351) 282 782 822

O Cacto

International food. Meat dishes. Regional specialities. Credit card accepted.
Open :Dinner.
Closed :;Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Where :Outside Lagos on the EN125 - Odiáxere.
Tel :(+351) 282 798 285

O Camilo

Where :Praia Camilo-St. Maria.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 845


TRADITIONAL PORTUGUESE. Beach Bar / Cafe. Breakfast, Lunch & Supper.
Where :Praia P Mós-St. Maria. Porto do Mos Beach. Campimar is on the beach on the left side ( facing the sea ) of the parking lot.
Tel :(+351) 282 762 957

O Cantinho Do Mar

TRADITIONAL PORTUGUESE. Very small. Mixed grill. Crab.
Where :Rua Soeiro da Costa 6.
Tel :(+351) 282 767 722


Where :4 Cap Franc° S Rijo-Br° S.Joao.
Tel :(+351) 282 688 098

Caravela Snack-Bar

Where :14-r/c 25 Abril.
Tel :(+351) 282 762 683


Where :79 - 25 Abril.
Tel :(+351) 282 761 330

O Caseiro

Where :Estr Arão - Arão.
Tel :(+351) 282 799 503

O Celeiro Bar

Where :Estr Nac 125-Almádena.
Tel :(+351) 282 697 144

O Charco

Where :3- 25 Abril.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 702

Casa Rosa Restaurant

Where :Rua do Ferrador
Tel : 


Where :62 Marreiros Neto.
Tel :(+351) 282 762 368


Where :25 Abril-Praia Luz.
Tel :(+351) 282 789 331


Where :23 Estr Nac 120-Portelas.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 369

O Degrau Restaurant

Where :46Rua Soeiro da Costa,.
Tel :(+351) 282 764 716

Dom Francisco

Where :Atalaia.
Tel :(+351) 282 761 087

Dom Giovanni

Where :83 - 25 Abril.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 922

Dom Henrique

Where :75 - 25 Abril.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 563

Don Sebastião

Regional food and International dishes. Wine cellar. Credit cards accepted.
Open :Open everyday.
Where :Rua 25 de Abril 20, 8600 Lagos.
Fax :(+351) 282 769 850
Tel :(+351) 282 762 795

Dos Artistas

Where :66 Cand Reis.
Tel :(+351) 282 760 659


Where :21, 25 Abril.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 746


Where :2 Beco Cemitério.
Tel :(+351) 282 760 386

Filho d'Mãe

Where :lt7-cv-lj C-Moinhos-St Maria.
Tel :(+351) 282 760 074

A Floresta

Where :51 Ant° C Sant.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 719


Where :Mata Nac-Br° S. João.
Tel :(+351) 282 687 204


Where :Espiche-Luz.
Tel :(+351) 282 789 953

O Galeão

Where :Rua Da Laranjeira, 1.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 909

Gaivota Branca

Where :Maia Praia- S.Sebastião.
Tel :(+351) 282 761 466


Where :85 Rua Pts Port.
Tel :(+351) 282 762 336


Where :Qt Lages-Valverde.
Tel :(+351) 282 789 474


Where :Maia Praia-S. Sebastião

Jotta 13

Where :58 - 25 Abril.
Tel :(+351) 282 762 319


Where :26, 1° D Mq Pombal.
Tel :(+351) 282 760 727

Kohinoor Indian

Where :18/20 Silva Lop.
Tel :(+351) 282 761 022

A Lagosteira

Where :20 - 1° Maio.
Tel :(+351) 282 762 486


Where :Casa Madeda-r/c-Meia Praia-S. Sebastão.
Tel :(+351) 282 760 424

A Matilde

Where :142 Estr Nac 125-Odiáxere.
Tel :(+351) 282 799 316


Where :49 Cons° Joaq Mach.
Tel :(+351) 282 762 936

Mediterrâneo Restaurant

Where :Rua Senhora de Graca, 2.
Tel :(+351) 282 768 476


Where :73 Estr Nac.120-Portelas.
Tel :(+351) 282 760 530

Milenium Bar

Where :76 - 25 Abril.
Tel :(+351) 282 762 897



Authentic Japanese.
Open :Lunch & Supper. Closed Mondays.
Where :In the old town on Rua Mendonça Pessanha, just off Candido dos Reis.
Tel :(+351) 254 7180 2

Mira Mar

Where :5 Barroca.
Tel :(+351) 282 762 672

Momo 59 Tibet

Where :Travesso Do Mar 3.
Tel :(+351) 282 767 802


PORTUGUESE GOURMET. Uninspiring outside. Basic but comfortable. Popular with 'locals' as well as tourists, so booking recommended. Steaks & Chops, Piri Piri..
Where :86 Cândido dos Reis.
Tel :(+351) 282 697 144

A Muralha

Where :29 Estr Porto Mós.
Tel :(+351) 282 083 387


A choice of a sea view terrace, on street or inside dining. Popped in for lunch and ended up with a splended sea food grill.
Where :Rua da Barroca. 1-3 Lagos. Just up the steps from the Infante car park (on the seafront) leading into the old town.
Tel :(+351) 282 767 162

No Patio

International food. English roasts. Booking advisable.
Open:Tuesdays to Saturday 18:30-22:00, Sunday lunches 13:00 - 16:30.
Where :46 Rua Lancarote de Freitas, Lagos.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 777

O Paraíso

Where :Lt 12-s-cv-D Urbaniz Villa P D Ana.
Tel :(+351) 282 761 762

O Pescador

Where : 6-10 Gil Eanes.
Tel :(+351) 282 767 028

O Pinóquio

Where :5-A-r/c-D Gil Eanes.
Tel :(+351) 282 761 230

Palácio da China

Where :Lt 28-A Estr Porto Mós.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 791


Where :Lt3-lj B Urbaniz Villa P D. Ana.
Tel :(+351) 282 769 929


Where :5-r/c-Praia Luz.
Tel :(+351) 282 788 246


Where :10/2 Prof Luís Azev.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 284

Pastas Lda

Where :Ed Mar-A-Vista Praia Luz.
Tel :(+351) 282 789 766

Piri-Piri Lda

Where :15 Lima Leitáo.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 803


Where :26/8-r/c Garrett.
Tel :(+351) 282 760 030

Plum-Bar Lda

Where :17 Ant° B Viana.
Tel :(+351) 282 089 684

Pôr Do Sol

Where :Meia Praia-S. Sebastiao.
Tel :(+351) 282 792 216

Prato Cheio

TRADITIONAL PORTUGUESE. Fresh daily fish from the market. Bife Portuguesa (traditional Portuguese steak) served in a clay plate, with a fried egg on top. Squid and prawns on skewers.
Where :Lt23-A Dr. Franc° S Cam°.
Tel :(+351) 282 762 138

Pouso Do Infante

Where :11 Af Almª.
Tel :(+351) 282 764 625


A very small restaurant. Warm friendly service. Steaks and Fish.
Open :Lunch & Supper
Where :On Rua António Barboso Viana; between Rua 1º de Maio and Rua Candido dos Reis; just off Praça Luis de Camões
Address :21 Ant° B Viana.
Tel :(+351) 282 762 900

Rodrigues Cervejaria

Where :4-cv-D Flamónica 1° Maio.
Tel :(+351) 282 760 468


Where :Urbaniz S. Roq-Meia Praia.
Tel :(+351) 282 792 101


Where :Ed Luztur-U-2- Zona A - Praia Luz.
Tel :(+351) 282 789 579

Sheng Hua

Where :14 Lg Pts Port.
Tel :(+351) 282 768 324


Where :Albardeira-S. Sebastião.
Tel :(+351) 282 764 245

Solamigo Retaurante

Where :Lt5-r/c Av Descobrimentos.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 939

Taco Snack Bar

Where :58 Estr Nac 120-Bensafrim.
Tel :(+351) 282 687 888

O Tacho

Where :21 Estr Nac 120-Bensafrim.
Tel :(+351) 282 687 138

Taj mahal

Where :56 Int Sagres.
Tel :(+351) 282 768 631

The Taste of Índia


Where :27 Af Almª.
Tel :(+351) 282 768 083

O Terraço

Where :12-r/c Lancarote Freit.
Tel :(+351) 282 767 234

Terraço da China

Where :91, 1° -F 25 Abril.
Tel :(+351) 282 760 171

O Triângula

Where :Lt Gav-lj 1 Gago Cout.
Tel :(+351) 282 764 736

O Trovador

Where :29 Lg Convento Srª Glór.
Tel :(+351) 282 763 152

A Vaca


A Swiss Restaurant.
A roomy restaurant where you can either eat and drink in a cosy atmosphere downstairs or dine in the upstairs restaurant.
Well known for their Swiss home made rostis ( grated potatoes, onions & bacon ) with any of the dishes you choose. Also worth mentioning is Fondue, a 'communal' dish shared at the table in an earthenware pot (caquelon) over a small burner (rechaud). and Raclette (a dish using the cheese of the same name ). Good salads & home-made quiches, fresh fruit tarts & crêpes. For a pleasant change, Veltins is the draught beer served here. There is a large sunny terrace. Groups also catered for ( with prior booking ).
Where :Rua Silva Lopes. The road is just behind the city gate at the Fort end of the promenade
Tel :(+351) 282 764 431
Tel mob:(+351) 914 866 666

Vista Alegre


French restaurant. Dinner only. Reservations necessary.
Where :Rua da Ilha Terceira 19B, Lagos.
Tel :(+351) 282 798 151

Vino Divino


Wine Bar / Bistro. Typically extravagant Italian cusine.
Where :Rua 1º de Maio in the old town
Other Lagos site links


Nightlife in Lagos.


A nice source of Lagos Information.

A nice article on Lagos and its history.

Paradise Club

Indoor swimming pool, gym and sauna
Tel :(+351) 282 08 25 98

Lagos Tennis School

Tennis lessons, two courts and equipment hire
Tel :(+351) 282 08 19 15
Other Lagos Information

Lagos Events

29th and 30th July - Feira da Arte Doce (Sweets)
May - Feira Coral do Algarve (Choral)
August - Feira da Gastronomia (Food)
15th August - Feira de N. Sra. Da Glória
12th October - Feira de Outubro
27th October - Feira de S. Gonçalo
22nd to 24th November - Feira Franca de Lagos
Some Shops and services

24hr Pharmacies

Weekdays 09.00 - 13.00 and 15.00 - 19.00. Rota system applies for luchtimes, weekends, night time and public holidays.


Where :Rua Prof. Joaquim, Alberto Taquelim, Lote 8 Dto, Lagos.
Tel : (+351) 282 762 901.


Where :Rua Porta Pequena, 3-5 Lagos.
Tel : (+351) 282 769 966

Ribeiro Lopes

Where :Rua Garrett, 22 Lagos.
Tel : (+351) 282 762 830


Where :Rua 25 de Abril, 9 Lagos.
Tel : (+351) 282 762 859.


Where :Rua Henrique Correia Silva, 1-3, Lagos.
Tel : (+351) 282 760 556


Plenty of large Supermarkets in Lagos. Certainly worth using for the initial 'big shop' at the start of your self catering / villa holiday as considerable savings can be made compared with 'local' prices.


Situated on the Luz side of Lagos. Mentioned here as it is the largest supermarket nearby. Straight across the first roundabout as you enter Lagos (from Luz), on the right side of the road at the bottom of the long slope.
Tel : (+351) 282 782 233.


Where :Left turn at the first roundabout as you enter Lagos (from Luz), down the hill, cross the next roundabout. Lidl is on the left side of the road.


Part of a popular Portuguese chain.
Where :Left turn at the first roundabout on entering Lagos (from Luz), down the hill, left turn at the next roundabout, going up the hill. Follow the road for about two or three minutes. The Supermarket is on the right, the entrance is just before the petrol station.

Mercado de Peixes

A fresh Fish, Meat, Fruit and Vegetable Market. There are many different vendors. It is spread over two floors with a further 3rd floor which is a coffee bar and restaurant. Get there early for the best choice for fish.
Where : On the main road facing the Town Waterfront boardwalk, between the Post Office and the Marina.

Pingo Doce

Part of a Portuguese chain. They do flower deliveries.
Where :On the other side of Lagos (from Luz). Follow the signs for the N125 to Portimao. Crossing the bridge by the marina and continue on the N125 for five minutes, past the petrol station (on the right). The Supermarket is on the right, keep an eye out for the sign.
Tel : (+351) 282 792 256




Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, lies on 20 low hills. The principal attraction of the city lies in the magnificent views from its many belvederes, shady tree lined avenues and flower filled balconies. Lisbon also has a generous share of historical monuments, churches and museums. An ideal location for shopping, markets and restaurants, a visit to Lisbon should not be missed. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake took place on November 1st and was one of the most destructive and deadly earthquakes in history, killing between 60,000 and 100,000 people. The quake was followed by a tsunami and fire, resulting in the near total destruction of Lisbon.

Restaurants in or near to Lisbon

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Some of the Restaurants and Bars in Lisbon.
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Located between the foothills of the Serra de Caldeirao and the Atlantic Ocean coastline of Southern Portugal Loule is rich in architecture and is famous for its market. Also a center for local handicrafts. Loule is an active market town with some remains of a castle dating back to the 12th Century. This place is a rural administrative and active market town with some remains of a castle dating back to the 12th Century. The Arab castle has been virtually destroyed leaving some walls still standing that are now surrounded by modern buildings. Like most other towns in the Algarve, most of the older potentially interesting buildings have been destroyed in the earthquake that occurred in 1755. Within the remaining walls is a museum with an explanation of what was in the past the grandeur of the castle. The various earthquakes that it has suffered through its history have damaged the 13th Century Church of São Clemente. However, its Gothic arches and side chapels are remaining from the 16th Century have survived.
Savour the atmosphere of a traditional Algarvian village of white houses and modest gardens. Main church - With its origins in the 16th century. This church has undergone subsequent alterations. The facade has a simply decorated Manueline doorway (16th century), and the side entrance is from the same period. The main and side chapels have carved and gilded vestals (18th century). Among the statues to be seen, a 16th century Virgin and Child and a 17th century Nossa Senhora da Assuncão deserve particular mention. In the square in front of the church stands an interesting cross mounted on a limestone boulder.
Fonte Benemola Classified Site - There are nature trails for walkers. Within the park are a number of caves containing archaeological remains. The local fauna includes otters, a wide variety of birds and a few colonies of bats. On the approach road is the Cerro dos Negros viewpoint, which looks out over a broad sweep of coastline.
The white houses of the village are scattered higgledy-piggledy on the hillside around the ruins of the castle. Its narrow, streets are an alluring mix of bright flowerpots, whitewashed walls and peace and quiet. Main church - Although of little architectural interest, this church does contain one small treasure: an illuminated papal bull on parchment dated 1550. It also boasts carved and gilded 18th century vestals and statues from the 17th and 18th centuries. Castle - The fact that it does not have an "alcaçova" (house of the castle commander) suggests that the castle was built in the 12th/13th centuries to defend the peasants who worked in the fields from Christian attack. Captured by the Knights of the Order of Santiago (St. James) after the fall of Tavira, it was here that the Master of the Order, Paio Peres Correia, awaited the arrival of the army of King Afonso III before going on to seize Faro (1249-1250). Its ramparts are built of 'taipa' and are one of only a few surviving examples of Moorish fortifications in Portugal. Archaeological excavations have uncovered a Moorish residential area and confirm that part of Salir is built on the site of the old fortification. The castle is an excellent vantage point. To the north it looks out over the forbidding ranges of the Serra, while seaward the view, is of more gentle, verdant hills. Rocha da Pena Classified Site - A limestone rnassif with steeply scarped sides,. Rocha da Pena rises to a height of 479 m (1600 feet). There is a panoramic view from its summit which takes in the sea.
Barranco do Velho
A beautiful church, built in 1944 in the Algarvian rustic style, looks out from the top of a hill. The churchyard is one of the most marvellous viewpoints in the Algarve and from it can be seen an endless vista of hills covered with cork oaks, stretching away almost as far as Loulé, Salir and Alte. In the nearby ranges of hills are to be found picturesque thatched stone houses, round in shape, that are used as barns these days but which reflect the type of dwellings from prehistoric times.

Restaurants in or near to Loule

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Some of the Restaurants and Bars in Loule.


A few of the services and facilities in Loule.
Barclays Bank Where :Rua Nossa Senhora da Piedade, lote 2 R/c Dto, 8100-712 Loulé.
Tel :(+351) 289 410 070
Fax :(+351) 289 410 071

Luz ( Praia da )

Just west of Lagos. Originally an old fisherman's village. Protected by Rocha Negra (black rock) cliff to the east and an old fort to the west. This large sandy beach is overlooked by the bars and restaurants of the village itself. A lovely esplanade runs from the church along to the beach bars full of craft stalls and 'tourist traps'. There are some Roman ruins recently excavated and preserved, look for the small entrance in the wall of the esplanade (by the O'Poco restaurant). There are good water sports facilities - snorkelling, windsurfing and sailing school, paddleboats and some boat trips. It is a safe beach ideal for children, with lifeguards on duty during the summer months. Also there is excellent fishing to be had from the extensive rock formations to the west of the beach. There a basically four main roads Rua 1 de Maio running north to south from the E.N.125 Sagres / Lagos road to the church, which is effectively the town centre. The Rua de 25 Abril running East from the church and the Rua Direita running west from the church (the main street). The Av. dos Pescadores runs past the church for a short distance and leads onto the 'newish' promenade running from just below the church, along the sea front to the main beach area.

Luz Pages

A separate set of pages for Luz Bars and Restaurants.