Take a Walk on the East Side of the Algarve

Take a Walk on the East Side of the Algarve

When you think of Eastern Algarve Beaches what exactly comes in mind? I bet a beautiful image of warm calm waters, pine trees,  clean sandy  beaches. Coupled with energetic  beach walks, relaxing while enjoying the sun, water sports. Being able to gather to dine in the restaurants around the beach fringes with family and friends. While staying in a beautiful Algarve apartments or in one of the villas in Algarve that are within reach of a beach, allowing you to have breath of fresh air from the unlimited ocean. Eastern Algarve beaches will give you all that you are looking for and more.

Have your sunglasses with you in case of the hot sun and sunscreen to avoid sunburns, your bikini and other essentials, and its now time to go have a memorable few days at one of these gorgeous beaches.



Map of Praia da Barrinha
The beach is located on Ilha de Tavira, it’s about 18km long.  Barril being in the centre beach.  This beach is huge and favoured  by children because of its small train. Most of the buildings there have been transformed into cafes, restaurants and other facilities to suit the tourist needs. You will also find newly built Algarve Villas in case you wish to stay close to the beach. The beach is usually busy during the summer because of the favorable climate.


Praia das Cabanas

The Cabanas is located approximately 7km east of Tavira. If you like fishing this is the ideal place for you to be. There is a walkway or boardwalk that you can use to take walks or choose to relax on the seats or in the sunshades while listening to water splashing around the boats. You can choose to have a short boat trip and see the lagoon and if you are a strong swimmer  you can swim across. A good way to keep fit.


Praia de Fabrica
Praia de Fabrica   

Praia de Fabrica
You can reach the Fabrica Beach by the water taxi especially if your Algarve Villa or Apartment in Algarve is closeby.  If you have a car look for somewhere to park then take a walk down the slipway to the left of the waterside restaurant and wait for the arrival of the next boat.  It’s just a short crossing when there are low tides. You can then walk into the sand dunes on the wooden path and go down to the beach.  Doesn’t it sound idyllic. !!!
FARO ISLAND Praia de Faro


Praia de Faro
Praia de Faro

Map of Praia de Faro
This island has a beautiful blue flag beach. If you are the kind of person that enjoys  sun, sea and sand Faro Island is a paradise for you wait to get here. The Island is mainly linked to the mainland by a road via a narrow bridge. The island has a cluster  of typical modern Algarve Villas.  The beach front restaurants are of a high quality and with easy reach of sand and water.
There are a number of other beaches that you can explore at the Eastern Algarve, and capture great pleasurable moments, the important thing is to have a beachy holiday at the Algarve.

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Golf in the East of the Algarve

Golf in the East of the Algarve


When you think of the Eastern Algarve in Portugal what often comes in mind is golf and its magnificent golf courses.  This landscape describes itself the moment you arrive, you can see its a golfing zone. The natural undulating hills on slush green fairways protected by Portuguese natural scrub land you will also find the links course adjacent to pristine sand dunes covered in various coastal grasses.  Therein add bright sunshine and adequate natural water supply and you have an idyllic location for golf.   Villas in Portugal are an ideal accommodation for a golfing holiday even if only a quick golf break with friends.  The area is considered one of the best golf destinations in Europe, you can tell from the number of visitors that tour the area through the year and probably because of the good climate thus bringing the players from everywhere around the world.

Depending on your destination, and where your Algarve apartment is you have a wide range choice of Golf Courses to choose from:


Benamor Golf Course
Benamor Golf Course


The Golf Course is located roughly 7km East of Tavira, Benamor.  The course is a 18 hole course.  The course is rippling but not very hilly and has lovely views both to the north and south of the mountains and the Atlantic. Here water perils and trenches are located strategically to test the golfers’ strategy and accuracy. Benamor Golf has that come back feeling, its easy to make scores here.  Any of our Algarve Villas or Algarve apartments in the Eastern would be suitable as a accommodation for this golf course.


Quinta Da Ria  Golf Links
Quinta Da Ria Golf Links


This is also another stunning 18 hole golf course located in the Ria Formosa Natural Park.  The area is flat such that it gives you a beautiful view of the sea.  The Golf course is said to pose a lesser challenge that its relative course at Quinta da Cima. The beautiful lakes in the course are also used as water reservoirs for irrigation purposes. You can view the mountains and the sea from any point of the course.  The surrounding orange orchards and vineyards contribute largely to the beauty of the course.  There are well maintained Algarve villas located in the vicinity of the course too.


Quinta de Cima Golf


This Golf Course is considered to be a more challenging track than Quinta Da Ria. This advertised as  a peaceful course and you can also view the sea and mountains which obviously are capturing to the human eye. For those golfers who love to be close to nature this is the ideal golf course .

Whichever of the courses you choose, the courses green fees, tee time booking services for all the courses that are available online.  If your are thinking of booking a villa in Portugal and are interested in golf this area will suit you.  You can check green fees rate from their websites rates.


If you want to play golf on a regular basis then its advisable that your Algarve Villa or  rented Apartment in Algarve  is located near a golf course for easier access to and from the courses.  Most holiday rentals in Portugal are near a golf course.  Have wonderful golf Eastern Algarve golfing experience.

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Religious Services Western Algarve

Religious Services Western Algarve

This is a brief outline of religious services in the Western Algarve . Most of them can be found on Google with directions to travel.
Portugal is still known as a Roman Catholic country but like a lot of the Western World church attendance has fallen.
You might not want to attend a regular service but young English and Irish couples regularly get married here so basic contact information is worth filing. Havn’t got into much detail of any of the churches but some of the churches have great historical stories .

To avoid confusion Igreja = is a Portuguese word referring to church.


Lets start with Lagos which is well known among visitors through Europe and very popular for weddings. Its have great tourist accommodation Lagos Villas and apartments in Lagos are renowned.
The RC church here is the beautiful St Marys of the Assumption. The present PP is a friendly man but speaks very little English. All church services are in Portuguese and he takes his time so be prepared for a long service. Beautiful wedding location as its adjacent to the centre of Lagos.  In the case of a wedding there is excellent accommodation here Lagos villas and apartments to rent in Lagos are in huge demand book online early if possible.

Igreja de Santa Maria
Igreja de Santa Maria

Igreja de Santa Maria
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Praça Infante D. Henrique, Lagos, Algarve

St. Mary of Assumption
Santa Maria, Praca Infante D. Henrique
Lagos, 8601 – 901 Portugal

Praia da Luz

Next is Praia da Luz a very popular tourist resort. Praia da Luz villas and Apartments in Praia da Luz as holiday accommodation are equally important.

This beautiful church which was built in medieval time is called Our Lady of Light Nossa Senhora da Luz it was originally constructed in and around the year 1521. Due to the devastation of an earthquake in Portugal in 1755 the church received severe structural damage it was restored in 1874 . Once again it received server damage in a violent storm and the earthquake of 1969.
The Church today has a unique position as it belongs to the Portuguese Roman Catholic Church, but the St Vincent’s Anglican congregation can use the church and is part of the Church of England, Dioceses in
Europe and the Anglican Communion. Services are in English and everyone is welcome to worship at the Church.

Contact: – 282 789 660 to check for times.
Praia da Luz Portuguese RC – Sunday at 09.30

English Anglican – Sunday 08.00 and 11.30.

Check times on board outside church.

Phone: 282762723 | Fax: 282762723
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Diocese of Evora
Travessa de S. Pedro,
Portimao, PT 8500–759
Phone 282414515

Sunday Mass 11am.

Alvor Parish Church
Alvor Parish Church
Saviour of the Sea Church Alvor
Saviour of the Sea Church Alvor


Alvor seems to be the number one location for Irish Weddings in the Algarve Padre Max has celebrated many over the years.

His diary is continuously full. It is not surprising as Alvor has many Irish visitor. The holiday rental Alvor apartments and Alvor villas are known to be well located and in pristine condition.
The Patron Saint is the Divine Savior of Alvor (São Salvador). The church is celebrating is 500 year anniversary this year.
The Igreja de Alvor has 6.00pm Saturday Evening (English) Alvor Church, Portimaõ 10.00am Sunday Morning (Portuguese) Alvor Church, Portimaõ.

12 noon Sunday (Portuguese) St Andrew’s Church, Penina, Alvor

6.00pm Every evening, Church of St Francis Xavier until Dec 8th and from then Portimão main Church, both near the shopping street, Portimão

9.00am Every morning, Church of St Francis Xavier until Dec 8th and from then Portimão main Church, both near the shopping street, Portimão

10.00am Sunday morning, open air, St Catherine Church, Fortress, Praia da Rocha Ph: 919 273 441.

Alvor M Pantilla Apartments
Alvor M Pantilla Apartments


Another great holiday location is Albufeira very popular with young and old alike At www.goholidaylets.com we have some wonderful accommodation in the locality. All Algarve Villas and apartments Algarve are worth checking out. Villas in Albufeira have always been popular.

For services or weddings check out

Beautiful church in Albufeira
Beautiful church in Albufeira

Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Tv. da Igreja Matriz, 6 – 8200-183 ALBUFEIRA Can easily be found on Google maps or just give address to taxi.
Mass at: Saturday: 18:00, 22:00 (Summer), Sunday: 09:30, 11:00, 19:00 (Summer) Tel Ph: 289 585 526

Please take note of the following:
International Christian Fellowship

11.00am Sunday. Just off Ave. 25 de Abril, Portimão in “The Bridge” room Cedipraia Shopping centre.

Ph: 282 461 985
International Community Church

They are a gather from the community of various nationalities and many different walks of life, with a common religious interest.

10.30am Sunday, No. 5 Travessa de Santo Amaro, Lagos Ph: 282 697 546
International Evangelical Church of The Algarve

10.30am Sunday Vale Judeu , En 125.

Ph: 289 328 635
Lagoa Christian Fellowship
11.00am Sunday, EN 125, Porches Retail Park, Vale de Lousas, Alcantarilha.
St Vincent’s Anglician Church
Sunday Services

9.30am Igreja N. Sra. De Fatima, EN 125 between Quatro Estradas, Almancil

St Luke’s: Anglican church at Monte Palagueira This is a dedicated Anglican Church The chose the location to make it reachable for a sizeable congregation in the area in Tavira, Faro and the surrounding areas.
There is a Sunday Eucharist each Sunday morning at 11.30 am.

Church of England Service in the Algarve
Church of England Service in the Algarve

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