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Quiet towns in the Algarve

Updated: Jan 17

Looking for some peace and quiet in the beautiful the Algarve? I've got you!

The Algarve, and especially the central Algarve, can be touristy and busy with big crowds in high season. We all know the party town of Albufeira and touristy package holiday towns and golf resorts like Vilamoura. These places are actually quite nice with beautiful beaches but can be spoiled by big crowns in high season. Want to escape the touristy parts and enjoy the beauty and wild nature of the Algarve? Good news: it's actually just a small part of the Algarve that is touristy and there is so much beauty to explore. Let me help you to find the perfect quiet place in the Algarve.

Quiet places in the Algarve
Analog shot of Praia da Cordoama, Algarve

So if you're looking for less touristy nice and quiet towns with beautiful nature and beaches but also some facilities? This is where you'll want to be staying! 👇

What's in this blog

1. Salema - A tranquil beach town

2. Burgau - Cuteness on a beautiful bay

3. Cabanas de Tavira - A tiny town with large beaches

4. Monchique - Peace and serenity in the (undiscovered) mountains

5. Alte - A real traditional Algarvian town 6. Monte Clerigo - Tranquility on the wild western Algarve coastline


1. Salema

Western Algarve

quiet towns in the Algarve
Salema, Algarve

Salema is a beautiful tiny fisherman town located in a cute bay with clear blue waters and white washed houses. It's the ideal place to stay if you love going for hikes along the stunning cliffs and to enjoy white sandy beaches. The town is situated in the south western Algarve about a 20 minute drive west from the larger town of Lagos. The wild dramatic nature of the west coast is just a small drive (or long hike) away. Salema is perfect to stay if you enjoy some peace and quiet and also like to have a few (really, a hand full) cute restaurants nearby. Lagos and Sagres are both easy to reach within 20 minutes by car. So more amenities are near.

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2. Burgau

Western Algarve

quiet towns in the Algarve
Burgau, Algarve

Burgau is the perfect place to stay if, like Salema, you love the more wild nature from the western Algarve but enjoy the facilities of a slightly more touristy beach town. With a few cute (beach) cafe's and restaurants and a small supermarket, this place is perfect for escaping crowds and enjoying nature with the comfort of close by facilities. Want to know more about Burgau? Check it out! 👇

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Make sure to check out my beach flat in Burgau. I rent it out on Airbnb, VBRO, Booking or RentalValley when I'm not there!


3. Cabanas de Tavira

Eastern Algarve

Close to the beautiful (small) city of Tavira you'll find the cute beach town of Cabanas da Tavira. Cabanas is situated on a lagoon at the gateway to the Ria Formosa Natural Park. The centre of beach town runs along the lagoon and counts a variety bars, cafes and shops. You will not find the typical dramatic Algarve cliffs around here but the beautiful Ilha de Cabanas island beach. You can reach the beach of this beautiful island by a small boat leaving from the town crossing the lagoon. The beach is huge and stretches over 7 kilometers. It never get's really busy, not even in high season. What I personally love about this place, is the beautiful wide variety of birds living in the natural park. From Cabanas you can also take boat tours to watch flamingos! This town is different from the typical Algarve expereince but equally as beautiful with empty beaches and is less touristy compared to the central Algarve.

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4. Monchique

Western Algarve

quiet towns in the Algarve away from tourist
Monchique, Algarve

Monchique is a breathtakingly beautiful town in the mountains of the Algarve, Portugal. I'm always taken aback by its charm and beauty. There are many things about Monchique that make it such a beautiful place to visit.

It's a perfect place to relax and get away from all the tourists. The locals are friendly and the surroundings are very beautiful with it's natural springs and lush green forest up in the mountains. This is THE place to go if you're looking for some peace and quiet and stunning nature.

In the centre of Monchique you'll find this absolutely beautiful old town with its highest point at 902m. The views from here are spectacular and reach all the way to Cabo the Vincente, the most south wester part of Europe in Sagres. Go on beautiful hikes with views over the mountainous landscape and Atlantic and enjoy the unique combination of the beautiful nature, the towns famous craftsmanship and well-being facilities.

Make sure to visit Parque Fonte dos Amores. You'll be blown away by it's beauty.

The natural thermal springs and jungle-like forest are absolutely stunning!

quiet towns in the Algarve away from tourists
Parque Fonte dos Amores, Monchique

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5. Alte

Central Algarve

quiet towns in the Algarve
Alte, Algarve

You'll find the cute tiny village of Alte up in the hills not to far from the larger town of Loule. Alte is mainly famous for the water springs and its beautiful waterfall. The town is super tiny and counts less than 2.000 inhabitants. Alte is very typical Portuguese with cute crooked whitewashed houses and typical Portuguese architecture. You'll find many cafes (comparing to the amount of inhabitants😉) where you can get a fresh pastel de nanta and a bica.

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6. Monte Clérigo (Aljezur)

Western coast

quiet destinations in the Algarve
Monte Clérigo, western Algarve

Located on the Algarve west coast, nature here is more wild with huge rocky cliffs and big waves hitting the Atlantic coast. The beach in Monte Clérigo is part of the Costa Vicentina natural park. The tiny town, more a handful of houses, is characterized by lovely colourful beach shacks, located on a hill on the south side of the beach. The town has a chilled vibe and is mainly visited by surfers and local Portuguese families. Besides water sports, hiking and other outdoor activities, you will not find too much to do here. All together, the perfect quiet Algarve destination especially if you're an active outdoor person!

Tip: I would recommend staying here in between May and late September as it can be significantly colder here compared to the south coast.

Want to know more about the best beach towns to visit for surfing? Check it out! 👇

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There are so many beautiful towns in the Algarve to stay and many of them are quiet and less touristy compared to the bigger and more famous towns of the central Algarve. These are only a few of them! If you love staying on the ocean, I've also listed my favorite beach towns in the Algarve for you!

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