Tavira is the hidden gem of the Algarve, the holiday destination that many tourists seek but never find. The cobbled streets, pretty harbour and historic centre makes Tavira the quintessential Algarve town, while the infectious unhurried pace of life has barely altered in generations.
Vila Real de Santos António is the southeast Portuguese border with Spain. Like Tavira, Vila Real is a hidden spot for mass tourism. The town was constructed during 1760s, at height of the Portuguese empire, and there is grandeur about Vila Real, that far exceeds the importance of the town.
There are lots of places to explore around Vila Real but one to make top of your agenda is Cacela Velha. It is a very small village with a handful of typically Algarvean whitewashed houses around a Church and a fort situated on the waterfront just past Manta Rota.
The pretty Spanish town of Ayamonte, on the opposite bank of the Guadiana is fun to visit for a tapas lunch and maybe a spot of shopping! To save driving, a ferry regularly crosses between the two towns – the journey takes around 15 minutes.
At Vila Real you going to decide to visit Alcoutim or pass the border and explore the Spanish side, from Isla Canela to El Rompido. The visit to Alcoutim provides a river tour in absolute silence, flat waters and wind protection.
A beautiful and traditional village, Alcoutim Portugal region is perched partly on a hillside. It has cobbled streets, small, cozy squares, and a traditionally paved promenade lining the bank of the river. Restaurants and cafes overlook this pretty sight and give tourists excellent opportunity to settle down for a refreshing drink or embark on an epicurean journey of local delicacies.
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