Have a few days of rest and want to head south? We suggest six out-of-the-box places for peaceful moments in the Algarve at Easter.
Fortunately, not everything is already part of the tourist circuit. Here and there, it is still possible to find several hidden treasures to escape everyday life and relax away from the crowd. What to visit then Algarve at Easter?
We leave you here a list of 6 out-of-the-box places for a happy and peaceful vacation. Take a look at the suggestions for beaches, towns, trails or nature reserves and choose a destination that is out of the ordinary.
It is no secret that the Algarve is a coastal and sunny region, very popular not only with those who live in Portuguese territory, but also with those who come from abroad.
It’s easy to see why. But believe me, there is much more to see and the tranquility of the Easter season can be ideal for discovering some unique corners in the region. Plan your Easter getaway now.
Algarve at Easter: 6 hidden treasures
Barreta Island beach
With more than 10 kilometers of white sand and waters that make you want to go diving, Praia da Ilha da Barreta, or Praia Deserta, is an extensive barrier island of the Ria Formosa where there are few buildings and many spaces to contemplate nature in its purest state.
One of the reasons why it is so little visited is that it is only accessible by boat, which can be taken from Cais da Porta Nova, in Faro. Take advantage of the approximately 35-minute crossing to absorb the landscape, where there is no shortage of canals, marshes and many birds.
Located in the municipality of Loulé, in the heart of the Algarve region, Alte is a typical village where chimneys filled with arabesques can be seen peeking out from the roofs.
With a beautiful Igreja Matriz, dating from the 13th century, and an old water mill from the 12th century, it is a picturesque village that escapes conventional holiday destinations and reveals a genuine Portugal.
On the outskirts of Alte, take a look at Queda do Vigário, a beautiful waterfall that rises in Quinta do Freixo and ends at a height of 24 meters, falling majestically over a lake. Not to be missed if you’re in the Algarve at Easter.
Perched on top of a hill north of Loulé, Querença is a typical village of unquestionable natural and architectural beauty, where the tradition of its people is palpable.
With typical Algarve houses spread across the hill, simple houses with lace chimneys, it is a rural, modest village and, therefore, ideal for recharging your energy during the Easter holidays.
One of the must-visit sites is Fonte da Benémola, symbol of the landscape diversity of the Algarve region, where the Ribeira de Menalva crosses.
Also remember not to leave Querença without having tasted the traditional regional cuisine, which includes wild boar and rabbit stew and tasty chorizo.
Castro Marim is also a picturesque place and little visited by tourists, which makes it a beautiful destination if you go to the Algarve at Easter.
Get to know the historic center and take a look at the imposing fortifications with an unmissable panoramic view over the salt flats, the bridge that joins the Algarve to Spain and the Natural Reserve of Sapal de Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo Antónioa must-visit spot.
Also take the opportunity to visit Castro Martim Castle, built in the 14th century, and the Church of Santiago.
Located in the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António, old bowl it is one of the most beautiful out-of-the-box locations the Algarve has to offer.
With traces of the passage of Romans and Arabs, wild beaches and typical alleyways with whitewashed houses, it is a village full of authenticity and history, where everyone moves on foot.
Go to the 16th century church next to the cliff, contemplate the 19th century fort of Islamic origin and don’t miss the opportunity to taste the oysters or razor clam rice.
The Fisherman’s Trail is part of the famous Rota Vicentina and is certainly one of the most beautiful walks on the Portuguese and European coast.
Always by the sea, it is a route of medium difficulty and a natural beauty that challenges the senses.
The last leg of the route will take you to odeceixea village built along a beautiful valley, where the houses are whitewashed and there is no shortage of places with history to visit, such as the Igreja Matriz da Nossa Senhora da Piedade, the mill and some stonework.
So these are the 6 out-of-the-box places we suggest for a trip to the Algarve at Easter. Choose the one that sounds best to you and hit the road!