Pestana Dom Joao II

Found on the beach, the Pestana Dom Joao II hotel takes full advantage of the great views with two outdoor pools, stylish bedrooms that have their own balconies and an established pool scene.

The town centre of Alvor is just 10 minutes away on foot, but with a buffet restaurant that also has a la carte options available, evening entertainment, indulgent spa and a fitness centre all on site, there is little reason to stray much further than the sandy beach. You can hire pedalos and jet skis down at the beach, for a little fun out on the water at your own pace.

Overview of Alvor

Holidays to the Algarve are so amazing that it is now Portugal’s most visited region –and it’s easy to see why. Offering excellent weather, a host of Blue Flag beaches and more family-friendly attractions than most resorts, it has something for everyone and each individual area is unique.

A former fishing village, Alvor, where the Pestana Dom Joao II hotel is located, has become a tourist hotspot, but the charm of the area has remained firmly intact. Pretty cobbled streets and incredible beaches meet a host of international restaurants and bars to create a haven for sun worshippers who know how to treat themselves.

Things to do in Alvor

The Pestana Dom Joao II has a wealth of facilities, but exploring a little further is highly recommended in Alvor, as there are so many things to do. A simple stroll through the village streets gives you an idea of the fascinating history of the region, thanks to the eclectic mix of architecture, which houses plenty of fantastic restaurants, all of which are great for families.

Spending some time at the two beaches is a must and for water-sports fans, the lagoon at the Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve is absolutely worth a visit. If golf is more your sport, you’re in luck, with a brilliant selection of courses for you to try, but the Onyria Palmares course, in particular, is not to be missed.

Popular for good reason, the Algarve has mastered the art of catering for tourists while staying true to its heritage. Alvor is the perfect example of this balance in action.

Resort Summary

A well-known historical area among the Portuguese people, Alvor is where one of the country’s most illustrious leaders King Joao II died in 1495. That period in time is depicted in some of the remains of the area such as the 16th century Matriz de Alvor church, with its beautiful Manueline Gothic arches and lavishly detailed altar, though much of it was rebuilt in the 18th century in a Rococo style.

While the charming properties and gorgeous cobbled streets of the old village are the main feature of this quaint area, on the main street you’ll find modern bars and restaurants where you can look down right onto the harbour, which sits on the Alvor River’s lagoon.