5 quase secret villages to discover in the Algarve

In the Algarve, it is still possible to find typical villages and without the influence of mass tourism that is so felt in the region. Only locales that do not appear on our tourist routes and that we manage to maintain the traditions of the past, prioritizing their genuine appearance, for white houses and for chamines rendered. Visiting the most secret villages in the Algarve is an authentic return to origins.

And it seems to be a little difficult to prove that we are in the Algarve in the beaches full of tourists, in the cities with apartment blocks built for the press or for immediate and mass consumption. Here, in these small villages, it is still possible to feel the true spirit of this region and, after visiting, we always end up with the sensation of discovering a country that we thought did not exist.

It is for them (and for many other reasons) that this region also has a lot to visit at any time of the year and not just during the hot summer months. Discover some of the most secret and unknown villages in the Algarve, which are also the most typical and traditional.

1. Alt


Alte is one of those villages that have not lost their identity, and that have kept their traces intact, thanks very much to the careful investment of the autarchy so that the town remains safe from maintenance and preservation processes.

to village of Alte, Fonte Grande and the entire surrounding area are places of great beauty and that deserve a delayed visit, so that you can fully absorb all the details of two different sites. The best way to discover all of its beauty is walking without pressure on its streets and paying attention to every little detail.

2. Querenca


It is one of the most typical and beautiful villages in the Algarve, having known how to preserve much of the best influences of Arab architecture. But, besides architecture, several arts are common, such as basketry, the production of honey and liquors and the fabrication of tissue bonnets.

in the vicinity of querençaWe recommend the route LLE PR16, a circular trail of 5 km that will allow you to discover the natural wonders of the region (where the most beautiful Fonte Benémola is included), giving you the opportunity to discover the wildest Algarve.

3. Cacela Velha

Cacela Velha
Cacela Velha

Cacela Velha There is no spot on a hill, turned towards the estuary, with the houses fallen from white to make a beautiful contrast with all the landscape. In the Falésia farm, you can find beaches of excellent quality and not very frequented, with calm and shallow waters, especially because they are located within the estuary area.

You will also be able to find the remains of an 18th century fort. Do not stop walking through the streets of the village and appreciating the most typical elements. At the end of your trip, take the opportunity to delight yourself with some two fantastic typical fish and shellfish dishes from the region.

4. I am

I am
I am

It is located in the municipality of Faro and has less than 4 thousand inhabitants, but it has a historical and architectural richness that is difficult to match. In the town, oversaw its palace, which was now transformed into a house, and the Roman ruins of Milreu, some of the most important in Portugal.

Despite being close to large urban centers, I am It must maintain its authenticity of the Algarve, preserving its typical white-washed houses with decorated janitors. And nothing like a relaxing walk for your little ones and wheels to check it out.

5. Pedralva


Located in Vila do Bispo, this village had more than 100 inhabitants, who were leaving the few, leaving only 9, who lived in degraded houses. More beautiful and picturesque pedralva renasceu das cinzas.

After a long process, all the houses were bought and recovered for rural tourism. Likewise, it is possible to place one of its various houses and spend a few days here communing with nature, and exploring the Algarvian interior, still largely unknown to two tourists.