Altura is a specially built resort on the eastern coast of the Portuguese Algarve near the Roman city of Tavira and the lively resort of Monte Gordo. The eastern side of the Algarve is less developed and unaffected than the rest, making it an ideal destination for families seeking a relaxing holiday in Portugal. The Altura coastline is 37 miles from the Ria Formosa Nature Park, which is protected from overdevelopment. This area of the lagoon is a haven for many bird species that harvest it, a place to shelter in winter or as a migration stop. Most of Altura's accommodations, including hotels, villas, apartments and beachfront properties, are within walking distance of the beautiful sandy beach.
The east coast of the Algarve has several beautiful sandy beaches covered by clear warm waters, with no less than five Blue Flag beaches between Tavira and Monte Gordo. Altura has a long, wide beach with clean sands, a beach bar and restaurant, various water sports on offer and ample parking facilities. The nearby beaches of Praia Verde and Manta Rota stretch for miles and are very popular for their beautiful clean sands and tranquility.
Altura has beautiful scenery that is great for families to explore on foot, bike or car on their vacation packages to the resort. Take a day trip to the countryside and visit the traditional market town of Tavira with its Roman bridge, city walls, fine churches, elegant houses and mansions, excellent fish restaurants, a fishing port and an interesting indoor market. Tavira is on both sides of the Gilao River and is connected by two bridges. Take a trip to Faro with its cobbled streets and squares in the Old Town, lined with 13th-century restaurants and cafes and cathedrals, which offer great views of the city. Altura is ideally located for the family to enjoy a day trip to Seville as it is only an hour and a half drive from the Spanish border.
The resort is popular with golf lovers as there are several excellent golf courses, all within 15 minutes by car. There are top quality courses with professional shops, rental facilities and restaurants designed by Sevy Ballesteros, Sir Henry Cotton, Jack Nicklaus and Rocky Roquemore that offer a variety of challenges. The courses offer spectacular views, with Castro Marim overlooking the Guadiana River and views of Spain and Quinta da Ria all set in a beautiful nature reserve.
The tranquil atmosphere at Altura means that evenings are spent in a relaxed meal at one of the highest quality resorts of restaurants or bars that provide a little fun. However, if you are looking for more lively evening entertainment for your late deals to Portugal, you will need to make the 10-minute trip to Monte Gordo on the east coast of the Algarve. Monte Gordo offers more lively entertainment than Altura, including a casino if you want to bet on the night.
Altura enjoys a Mediterranean climate with a gentle sea breeze that makes the temperature feel cooler than it is and helps to moderate humidity. Temperatures average 28C in summer with 12 hours of sunshine a day. The sea here is the warmest in the Algarve, reaching around 24C in the summer.