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Algoz Central Algarve Portugal The Growing Village of Algoz, is within the District of Silves ,due to the fact it is just 7 kilometres from the nearby Town of Armacao de Pera with its long golden Beach.
The village hosts many events through out the year, but best known for the largest monthly Market in the Central Algarve,(see Markets ) spread over a large area just to the side of the village hall, that has a small playground in front.
The name of the village has its origins in the Arabic word “Al-Gûzz” which derives from the name of a Asian tribe , dating back to the 12th century. Although today spelt ALGOZ in the 18th Century it was seen on maps as ALGOS
The Village has 2 banks with ATM machines, as well a good selection of shops and Daily fish and fruit Market open every day until 1pm (closed Sunday), it also boasts 10 different restaurants most offer a prata da dia (dish of the Day) with a 3 course meal with wine costing under €8, restaurants tend to get busy with local workers, at midday to 3pm.
Walking around the village, you come across houses boasting elaborate stone carving on parapet walls. And around windows, showing that the village had wealth from trading merchants, who lived in the village in the past.
you will find old oil presses and stone troughs along the grass verges with a small picnic area on the road towards Silves, just further along stands the Public open air laundry, built in 1933 but close down in the 1990’s.due to being in need of repair, other villages still have these open public laundries and in working use, there is a very large one in Padern. In the village centre sits a rather picturesque church with its clock tower and cockerel weather vein. The village has a patron saint, which is Our Lady of mercy. Whilst in the village centre sits 4 granite grinding stones used in the olive oil pressing industry.
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To the south of the village sitting on the village’s highest hill is the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Pilar, from here, there are fine views across the village with sea views of Armacao de Pera. Sadly that whilst the church is listed as an ancient monument it is in sad disrepair and only used on the odd occasion by the local scouts group
A fair is held twice a year on the 10th August, the day of Sâo Miguel, and on the day of São Luís on the last Sunday in September. As well as local horse and carriage meetings held in the village near the village hall, which is, free. In addition, it often has a pig roast and other food snacks on offer.
Just 1 klm on the outskirts of the village heading towards ferrerias on the EN269 you will find a Very Traditional Portuguese Tea shop called Quinta dos Avos (see Photo’s) with a Horse Cart Museum with free admission open only on Saturday s, the Tea shop is open everyday except Tuesdays from 2 until 7. for those with GPS it can be found as follows N.37º.09.21 - W.08º 17.09.
For those looking to stay in the village, it offers a Guest house as well as villas found on our web site
Old oil press
Back street alley
Algoz’s highest point
Public Laundry from 1933
Main village church