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Alvor Shopping – Shops, Stores, Best Buys & Inside Tips

Alvor Shopping

Alvor’s location by the coast makes for a fun afternoon of water activities, but don’t forget to pick up a few trinkets and local goods throughout the way. For shops, stores, best buys and inside tips, check out these insights from past travelers.

Food in Alvor

The Alisuper is a large supermarket, and full of both local and imported produce, meats, cheeses and alcoholic beverages. You can find snacks, desserts, and regional specialties. There’s also a smaller supermarket in Alvor called Orange. Travelers seem to prefer the Alisuper based on its selection and prices, but you can get your shopping done at Orange if it’s closer to you. Or shop at the local market. This is where many home cooks shop and is a good ways to support local farmers, and find a good deal. This market is well known for its local wines and delicacies (e.g., sardine plate, fig cakes, etc.)

Souvenirs and Gifts

Celebrate Alvor’s location with a trip to buy sea shells at different shops along the coast. She Sells Sea Shells has both shells and semi-precious stones for purchase fashioned into a wide variety of souvenir options. Or buy crafts, jewelry and even fishing equipment at Chinese Tat, which is an inexpensive store to pick up practically anything you can think of. Hong Kong Shopping has silk dresses and samurai swords, and A Conchita Confeccoes has everything from toys and costumes to chocolates. Port and wine is a major is also easily found in Alvor, and you can find many of the shops selling these beverages at a heavily discounted price.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about areas to shop in Alvor.

By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

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