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Discover Central Algarve: Alte




It seem as though time has stood still in Alte - possibly one of the most picturesque villages in Central Algarve. Set in lovely countryside with pretty views, the village has a 16th century church, natural springs and some great places to picnic near by.

Alte is  situated north of Albufeira on the N124. It is a typical, Algarve village of whitewashed houses with lattice work, handcrafted chimneys and narrow, cobbled streets nestling in the foothills of the Serra do Caldeirão. The church is at the centre of the village, and there are numerous little cafes in the surrounding area, to relax at and soak up the tranquility of the village.

At the eastern end of Alte, past the school, are the springs for which Alte is well known.

The area around Fonte Pequena (little spring) is picturesque...a bridge across the stream, the beginning of a series of waterfalls as the water flows down the hillside, a grassy area on the banks ideal for picnicking, and ducks making the most of the waters and the sunshine! There is a pretty, paved, garden area in front of the 'Fonte Pequena Inn' dedicated to Alte's famous poet, Cândido Guerreiro.

Alte along with most towns and villages in the Algarve, has a carnival. The main street leading to the church and the side streets around, are cordoned off for the parade, and is ideally placed for exploring the towns and villages of the central Algarve with Messines and Silves to the west, Salir and Loulé to the east and Algoz, Boliqueime, Paderne and Albufeira to the south.

In Alte you will find: Shops, Bars, Cafés, Restaurants and a Market - 3rd Thursday of the month.
Approximate Driving Time to Airports: Faro - 40 minutes, Lisbon - 2 hours 15 minutes and Porto - 4 hours 50 minutes.


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