In looking for fun, scenic things to do in the Algarve, we came across the Alvor Boardwalk. We miss walking. A lot. We spend a lot of time in our car in the Netherlands and really miss walking like we did in Barcelona. So the word “boardwalk” piqued our interest, figuring it would be along the water with some cute shops and restaurants along the way.
But what we got was far better. Beyond a little chiringuito (in Spain, these were the little beach restaurants) at the start of the boardwalk, there was nothing except a wide dirt path, sand dunes and nature. The path wound in several areas so you didn’t have to take the same path each time, but the main drag took us a few miles out to the tip of the Bay of Alvor.
After a quick lunch at the chiringuito, we set off for our leisurely stroll along the boardwalk. It was relatively empty, sunny and the kids were able to run ahead without worries of them running (literally) into other people. They explored all around them while Josh and I slowly meandered behind, taking in the breathtaking scenery around us.
We eventually came upon an area where we had water along both sides – the ocean to the left and a bay to the right. Only the tide was out in the bay and it had become a massive sandbar. Josh and Liam decided to take that route while Aidan and I kept along the water’s edge. Eventually Liam and Josh had to turn around and come back as they hit a dead end and we continued on to the point.
Not much further down, the walkway changed. No longer made of dirt and sand, it was now a long rock seawall leading down to a lighthouse as the very end. Instead of running along the path, the kids now climbed the rocks on the way to our goal – the lighthouse.
We hung out around the point for a little while before making our way back. All in all it was about 5 miles roundtrip – a little exercise and beautiful vistas, how can you go wrong?
Knuffels en kussen,