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Alte

The picturesque village is located in a landscape which changes between the fertile Barrocal and the mountainous Serra do Caldeirão, near Loulé. It is also known as the most typical village of the Algarve.

The village is surrounded by fertile fields along the creek from the Alte stream, the same being a very popular destination for excursions. At the top of the hill one reaches the oldest part of the village with a wonderful view over the valley. From here you're close to the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, with a remarkable entrance in the Manueline style. The architecture of the surrounding buildings is typically Algarvian, white wall houses, decorated with colorful tiles, traditional chimneys and streets paved with typical Portuguese pavement.

In the valley below the Alte stream there are two fountains, the Fonte Pequena (small fountain) and Fonte Grande (big fountain) and there are also beautiful surrounding areas with several restaurants, an outdoor stage and an area adorned by the shady old trees, great for a stop, or even to go for a walk. A monument in honor of the most famous son of Alte, the poet Francisco Xavier Cândido Guerreiro, was erected here as well.

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