Places to visit

Village of Porches – Only 3 km

potterystepssmallThe local village of Porches is renowned for its pottery and ceramics. Many a day tripper heads here to the pottery factory to purchase delightful and distinctive blue, green and turquoise pottery.

The village of Porches, although small also has some history behind it. The parish church with its bell that rings twice on the hour and tolls every quarter there after, was built in 1886 on the ruins of its 16th century predecessor. Porches was granted a royal charter in 1286. It has a history that goes back 1000 years into Moorish and Roman rule. Princess Caroline of Monaco has amongst others who have been at mass in this church, while visiting the discreet resort of the nearby Vila Vita Parc Hotel and Spa which is a fantastic luxury hotel, which offer five-star facilities including a spa and beauty treatments and a selection of restaurants, available to non residents.

Porches church

 

 

 

 

Silves – 18km approx 25 minutes

SilvesSilves is an enchanting town littered with orange and lemon trees, sitting on the banks of the Arade River (“Rio Arade”). There is history everywhere you look in Silves, to remind you of it’s affluent and bold past as a Moorish capital (“Xelb”).The importance of Silves lay in the fact that it was the main access to the inland areas of the Algarve because of its river location, although the river is now too silted up for large vessels to use.

The most prominent monument is Castelo de Silves, which is now the best preserved castle in the Algarve. The castle and the Cathedral beside it are the first buildings you see as you approach Silves, as they sit on the hilltop above the town.

 

Alte – 35km approx 43mins

AlteAlte is a delightful village in inland Algarve, situated north of Albufeira on the N124. It is a typical, Algarve village of whitewashed houses with lattice work, handcrafted chimneys and narrow, cobbled streets nestling in the foothills of the Serra do Caldeirão. The church is at the centre of the village, and there are numerous little cafes in the surrounding area, to relax at and soak up the tranquility of the village.

At the eastern end of Alte, past the school, are the springs (fontes) for which Alte is well known. The area around Fonte Pequena (little spring) is picturesque…a bridge across the stream, the beginning of a series of waterfalls as the water flows down the hillside, a grassy area on the banks ideal for picnicking, and ducks making the most of the waters and the sunshine! There is a pretty, paved, garden area in front of the ‘Fonte Pequena Inn’ dedicated to Alte’s famous poet, Cândido Guerreiro..there are tiled plaques on the wall with some of the poet’s works on.

 

There are many other places to visit such as Albufeira, Carvoiero, Ferragudo, Vilamoura, Faro, Portimao. Sagres, Monchique, Lagos, Alvor, Praia da Rocha, Burgau, Praia da Luz and Tavira – explore and see for yourself.

Ferragudo at night

 

 

 

 

‘Algarve Shopping’ with its twenty two restaurants, 130 shops with many designer shops, bowling alley and multi screen cinema is only a fifteen minute drive away and a new shopping centre in Portimao ‘Agua’  opened in April 2011 has many shops and restaurants.