Almancil – the Hidden Gem of Algarve, Portugal


Almancil may be small, but it has a fascinating history that dates back centuries. Legend has it that the town was founded by a group of mischievous fairies who loved playing pranks on unsuspecting villagers. To this day, locals celebrate this magical heritage with an annual Fairy Festival, where you can immerse yourself in fairy tales and enjoy whimsical performances.

Spend a perfect day in Almancil – what to see & do

You can take a look at our vlog (above) to see how we spent a day in Almancil or just quickly inspire yourself from the things written below.

The Quirky Cork Museum

“Cork? In a museum? You’ve got to be kidding me!”

Prepare to have your mind blown at the Quirky Cork Museum, where you’ll discover the fascinating world of cork production. Unleash your inner tree lover as you learn about the history, cultivation, and uses of cork. Did you know that Portugal is the largest producer of cork in the world? Now you do! Marvel at the quirky cork art installations and even try your hand at crafting with this versatile material. It’s time to raise a glass (or should we say a cork?) to this unique museum!

Visit the Enchanting Church of São Lourenço

“Churches are usually boring, but this one is straight out of a fairytale!”

Prepare to be enchanted by the stunning Church of São Lourenço, also known as the Jewel of the Algarve. Step inside this 18th-century masterpiece and behold its breathtaking azulejo tiles depicting scenes from the life of Saint Lawrence. These intricate blue and white tiles will transport you into a world of beauty and serenity. Take a moment to soak in the peaceful atmosphere and admire the Baroque architecture before continuing your Almancil adventure.


Stroll the quaint streets of Almancil

Take a leisurely stroll through the narrow streets of Almancil and soak up its undeniable charm. Admire the traditional Portuguese architecture adorned with colorful tiles and intricate ironwork. Stop by cozy cafes to savor a cup of aromatic coffee or indulge in delicious pastries. Explore local boutiques offering unique crafts and souvenirs to commemorate your visit. Almancil may be small, but it packs a big punch when it comes to character and authenticity.

Where to eat in Almancil

We are very picky with food! We like these locations:

Brava – for dinner

O Greco – check when it’s open

Apolonia Cafe – right next to the Apolonia supermarket; they have also sandwiches and other bunch dishes featuring eggs

What to do in the area of Almancil

You do need a car to visit this area, but it worth a visit, because Almancil in placed in the Golden Triangle (Almancil, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo), the most posh area in Algarve.

Visit the Vibrant Loulé Market in Loulé

“Markets are usually chaotic, but this one is a feast for the senses!”

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Loulé Market, a bustling hub of flavors, colors, and aromas. Get lost in the maze of stalls filled with fresh produce, aromatic spices, and local handicrafts. Indulge your taste buds with a variety of traditional delicacies, from freshly caught seafood to mouthwatering pastries. Don’t forget to haggle with the friendly vendors for a truly authentic experience. The Loulé Market is a sensory delight that will leave you craving for more.


Visit the Ria Formosa Natural Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and venture into the peaceful embrace of Ria Formosa Natural Park. This stunning coastal lagoon is a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike. Hop on a boat tour and explore the park’s diverse ecosystems, teeming with wildlife and picturesque landscapes. Marvel at the colorful flamingos gracefully wading through the shallow waters or spot rare species of birds nesting in the reeds. Ria Formosa is nature at its finest – a true paradise for those seeking tranquility.

Stunning Beaches

No trip to Algarve would be complete without a visit to its breathtaking beaches. From the golden sands of Praia de Garrão to the secluded coves of Praia do Ancão, there’s a beach for every traveler’s taste. Spend your days sunbathing, swimming in crystal-clear waters, or even trying your hand at thrilling water sports like surfing or kiteboarding.


Golfers’ Paradise

Calling all golf enthusiasts! Near Almancil you find some of the best golf courses in Portugal. Tee off against a backdrop of stunning landscapes and enjoy a round of golf at prestigious clubs like Quinta do Lago or Vale do Lobo. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, these world-class courses will challenge and delight you.

Is it worth visiting Almancil?
  • How easy to get here? - you need a car
  • Things to do in Almancil
  • Gastronomy - what to eat
  • Things to do around Almancil
  • Accomodation in town
The Good

Located near one of the most posh area in Algarve - Golden Triangle

Lots to see and do around the town

Easy acces to visit the posh resorts

Has Apolonia supermarket

The Bad

Hard to get there

Not much to do in the town

Not a very touristy place, more of a work town

I would only go for the church, it is really special, but that's it

You have some posh and really good restaurants in Almancil