Get away from it all by visiting the quiet and low-key resort of Altura. Found on the far east of the Algarve, close to the Spanish border, Altura is a great holiday destination for families or older travellers. It’s a place to relax, unwind and forget all your worries. Picture a quiet beach where you can lie back, enjoy a dip in the clear blue sea and read that novel that’s been lying on the bedside table for months. After a day working on the tan, you can unwind in one of Altura’s marvelous restaurants, serving up traditional Portuguese grub.
Make sure you pack the clubs for your holiday to Altura. It’s a brilliant destination for golfers, with five courses close to the town. Golf is just one of many activities that you can enjoy in Altura. It’s a great place for walking and cycling along the coastline, or even climbing into the surrounding hills and enjoying the views over the bay. If you’re a little more adventurous, why not hire a jet ski and race across the waves.
It’s a great idea to hire a car when visiting Altura. You can visit the beautiful beaches of Monte Gordo or the bustling market town of Tavira. One of the big advantages of a holiday is Altura is that you’re within spitting distance of the Spanish border. If you head into southern Spain, you can see the contrasts of history and culture. The fascinating city of Seville can even be reached in a comfortable day trip.
One of the finest towns of the Algarve, the fishing port of Tavira is picture-postcard cute. It’s perfect for a day trip. There’s cobbled streets, historic buildings and unusual bridges to see as you stroll around the town. Head to the riverside harbour and you’ll be able to take in this pretty scenery over a coffee.
When you’re looking for a change of scenery by the beach, then the popular tourist resort of Monte Gordo is a top notch option. The beach in Monte Gordo is an absolute stunner. The golden sands here stretch for more than seven miles around the town. You don’t even have to walk down any steep cliffs to get there. It’s a great spot for children to splash around in the clean and clear sea, with lifeguards on hand to keep an eye out.
It’s only a six mile trip to reach the Spanish border from Altura, so make the most of the location and visit another country. The town of Ayamonte lies just across the border. It’s a historic place that is perfect for a stroll. You can even stop off for a dish or two of tapas at one of the authentic Spanish restaurants. A trip to Ayamonte may well whet your whistle to journey on to Seville. It only takes around 90 minutes driving to reach Seville from Altura.
Rio Formosa Nature Reserve
If you’re a nature lover, then Altura is the perfect holiday destination. The huge marshlands of the Rio Formosa Nature Reserve stretch from the outskirts of Altura, all the way along to Faro. You’ll catch sight of plenty of rare seabirds here, including storks and purple herons. To get the best views over the reserve, head to the cliff tops at Cacela Velha. The fishing hamlet is also a good stop-off point for lunch, with clams harvested from the nearby rocks.
Like many other Algarve resorts, Altura is a hotspot for watersports. Why not try your hand at windsurfing, jet-skiing or waterskiing for the first time? You can show off to the kids, or more likely, fall in a few times. If you fancy something a little less skillful, then hop aboard an inflatable for that holiday favourite of the banana boat. The clear waters around Altura are also brilliant for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Altura is a paradise for golfers. Many holidaymakers pick Altura simply because of its range of courses. There are five within easy reach of the town, so you’ll never be short on somewhere for a round. Courses include the new Jack Nicklaus facility in the town of Monte Rei and the Seve Ballesteros-designed championship course at Quinta do Vale.
Beaches in Altura
There are five Blue Flag beaches on the coastline around Alturas, so there’s plenty of choice for lounging around. Alturas’ main beach has tons of room to pick a spot and work on your tan. There’s a beach bar within a few steps of the sands where you can cool down with an ice cream.
Expect lots of fresh fish on the menu in the Algarve, particularly grilled sardines. They’re both delicious and healthy. Along with a range of omelettes and salads, you’ll also find some meaty favourites such as chicken piri-piri or pork in a creamy mushroom sauce. Those with a sweet tooth will also love the grub on offer in the Algarve. Some of the best-loved puddings are creme caramel and almond tart.
Restaurants in Altura
You can expect plenty of traditional Portuguese food on offer in Altura’s eateries. Seafood is particularly popular here, and best of all, it’s available at bargain prices. There’s a handful of cafes along the main street, but many restaurants are found close to the beach.
Holidays to Altura can be as active or as laid-back as you want. It’s a great place if you’re into outdoor activities, with great golf courses and watersports available. But Altura is also brilliant for just lounging around and boosting your tan. The hassle-free way of getting to Altura is by booking your trip with easyJet holidays. It’s even easy on the wallet when you book a hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays. Take a look at our other Algarve destination guides if you’re still not convinced.