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7 waterfalls, passageways and typical villages to discover in the Algarve

The Algarve is known above all for being a beach destination, which you will not see due to the tourists who seek a local beach to spread their towels. Its beaches are famous all over the world and, perhaps for that very reason, they are beginning to use a little more.

But the truth is that this region has much more to show, including typical villages, waterfalls and passages that can make your fairs much more interesting and that will allow you to discover a little better than the true Algarve, long two more tourist locations.

Likewise, if you are in the Algarve and are looking for ideas of places to visit when you get tired of the beaches, let us leave you some unmissable suggestions. There are passageways, waterfalls and typical villages that will allow you to discover the best that this region has to offer.

1. Alte Waterfall

Alte Waterfall

This waterfall, also known as Queda do Vigário, rises from a 24-meter-high peak, ending in a large lake that was joined by someone.

It is said that this is an artificial water reservoir, which was built in the 17th century by Duarte de Melo Ribadeneyra, to conduct the water from the river to the Big Tank, by way of irrigation or Pomar do Morgado.

2. Pedralva


to village of pedralva I came to more than 100 inhabitants, who were leaving a few years ago, I have resisted here only 9, who lived in degraded houses or with few conditions.

After a long process, all the houses of the village were bought and recovered for rural tourism, tending to be maintained or original spirit of this typical Algarvian town.

3. Passages of Alvor

Passages of Alvor
Passages of Alvor

It is the longest pass in the Algarve, it is 6 km long and links the Três Irmãos beach to the Alvor estuary, passing through the estuary of the estuary and through the dunes without causing damage to nature.

Along the way, you will see a beach, a lake, a zone of canais and sapal and various species of birds. The route through two passages is easy and also allows access to the beach.

4. Pego do Inferno Waterfall

Pego do Inferno Waterfall
Pego do Inferno Waterfall

About 7 km from Tavira there is one of the most famous river basins of the Asseca river, one of the two most important watercourses in the region. The waterfall ends in a round lake, which is surrounded by a refreshing wooded area.

To get to the waterfall, you will have to go down a wooden ladder, which follows for about 300 or 400 meters tied to Pego.

5. Alt


This charming Algarvian village, belonging to the municipality of Loulé, is located a little far from the sea and from the urban chaos of the Algarvian coast, preserving its açoteias (traditional chaminés) and paved roads on the Portuguese road.

Therefore, if you want to discover the most typical and traditional side of the Algarve, this is an excellent option to do it. You will be able to discover the more genuine side by walking through the winding streets of Alte e appreciating its colorful typical houses.

6. Passadicos do Carvoeiro

Passageways of Carvoeiro
Passageways of Carvoeiro

Start at the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Encarnação, from where you can see the beautiful Praia do Carvoeiro. All the paths are made so that you can enjoy the famous peaks of the Algarve coast.

The journey has its end in the fabulous Algar Seco, one of the region’s two greatest attractions. We also recommend that O Trilho dos 7 Vales Suspensos is located, just 4 km from Carvoeiro.

7. Querenca


A small typical Algarvian village of querença It seems to resist with all its forces against the mass tourism that characterizes this region, still preserving a peaceful and traditional atmosphere.

They want a strong relationship with water, something clearly evident in the Protected Landscape of the Fonte da Benémola, a place where water runs all year round, contrary to what happens in our localities of the region.

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