Introducing São Brás De Alportel
Seventeen kilometres north of Faro, this quiet country town provides a welcome break from the coast. São Brás de Alportel has few attractions in the town proper, but it’s a pleasant place to stroll. There are some excellent activities in the surrounding area, including walks and a guided cork route. The town was a hot spot in the 19th-century heyday of cork and has stayed true to its agricultural roots. It lies in a valley in the olive-, carob-, fig- and almond-wooded Barrocal region, a lush limestone area sandwiched between the mountains and the sea.