The Pestana Dom João II is a 4* beachside hotel, only 20 minutes on foot from the town centre of Alvor. It overlooks the beautiful Praia do Alvor beach and some rooms enjoy fantastic sea views.
Rooms are comfortable with balconies and minimalist décor that reflects the coastal location. This hotel has a number of interconnecting rooms which makes it well-suited for family holidays.
You can relax and cool off in one of the two outdoor saltwater swimming pools or stroll through the verdant gardens down to the beach. For an extra relaxing stay, why not take a trip to the hotel’s spa which features an indoor swimming pool, Turkish bath, sauna and you can book a number of treatments and massages.
The Pestana Kids Club runs from June to September and offers children aged 4-12 plenty of fun activities and ways to make new friends during their holiday.
The Pavilhão do Rei restaurant offers a buffet dinner with a variety of international options. You can enjoy a drink or a lighter meal in one of the three bars during summer months (two of these are closed in winter) and one of the bars has live music each night.
On-site activities include bowling, a diving school, a football pitch, a volleyball court and mini-golf for younger guests.
For those looking to explore outside Alvor and the hotel, the Pestana Dom João operates a free daily shuttle to Portimão.
Alvor is a typical Portuguese fishing village, much calmer than the busier tourist resorts of the Algarve and perfect for those looking for a peaceful break in a beautiful location.
The town dates back to the 8th century Moorish occupation when it was considered an important strategic port. You will notice that many hotels and building names around Alvor feature the name ‘Dom Joao II’, this is because the 15th Century King Joao II, who was famous for reinstating the Portuguese exploration of Africa, passed away in the town.
More than anything Alvor is renowned for its natural beauty. Its beaches with their golden sand, calm waters and beautiful natural features are popular with visitors and locals alike. The Praia do Alvor is the most famous stretches over 2 miles and the Praia Tres Irmãos, located to the east of the beach, is particularly lovely with its unique rock formations and rock pools. The beaches are perfect for swimming and sunbathing, and also offer sailing, waterskiing and windsurfing.
Despite Alvor being a quieter village you can still find restaurants, bars and dancing on the Rua dos Bares.
The Algarve, which is Portugal’s southernmost province, is a 150 km long coastal region of outstanding beauty, long golden beaches, dramatic sandstone cliffs, picturesque villages and undulating landscape covered with fig, almond and olive trees. Rich in history, the Algarve is noted for the friendliness of its people and its mild climate, which is ideal for outdoor sports almost all year around.