Holidays to Alcantarilha promise a traditional atmosphere, authentic food and dreamy beach access in the sun-soaked Algarve.

Authentic Alcantarilha

Set back from the busy Algarve coast, Alcantarilha moves at a slower pace. Wander the cobblestone streets of the historic quarter, past old houses and family-run restaurants. You get the best of both worlds here, as you're still within easy reach of sweeping beaches. Portugal's most impressive waterpark is also a three-minute drive away.

Laidback Lagos

The waterfront town of Lagos is under a 30-minute drive away – ideal for an easy daytrip. Stroll along the seafront promenade before exploring the enchanting old town. You can keep the kids happy, too, by heading to fun-filled Lagos Zoo. Meanwhile, the ancient architecture of Albufeira's is just a 15-minute drive away.

Coastal fun

If you base yourself in Alcantarilha, you can still have lots of beach time. The golden sands of Armação de Pêra are just a five-minute drive away. The warm shallows make for family-friendly paddling, while the bigger waves attract surfers. Or, slip in to relaxation mode and chill out on a sunlounger.

Village life

Experience a traditional slice of Portugal in the town's old quarter. Locals gather in cosy cafés to chat, while restaurants serve delicious Moorish dishes. On the first Saturday of the month, you can embrace the colourful chaos of the town's flea market or get spooky with a trip to the eerie Chapel of Bones.

At a Glance

  • Feast on authentic Moorish food in traditional restaurants
  • Surf the waves at Armacao de Pera
  • Shop for pottery, clothes and crafts at the local flea market