Welcome to Alte & Salir
Perched on a hillside on the edge of the Serra do Caldeirão, Alte, located 45km northwest of Loulé, is a quaint and very pretty little village. In high season visitors are disgorged from buses for a quick-see experience. Boasting flower-filled streets, whitewashed buildings and several fontes (traditional water taps and streams), it’s a pleasant place to wander for an hour or so. The fontes were traditionally used for the mills and former wells; a main fonte, Fonte Grande, passes through dykes, weirs and watermills. Artesanatos (handicrafts shops) are dotted around town, as are several restaurants and cafes.
If travelling by car, pass through the small, sleepy and attractive town of Salir. It’s a pleasant, very authentic village set on two hills, with castle walls dating from the 12th century and an attractive church.