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The Growing Village of Algoz is within the District of Silves. Whilst just 7 km away is the nearby City of Armacao de Pera, with a long golden beach the longest for central Algarve. Algoz originates from the Arabic word “Al-Gûzz” which derives from the name of a war-like Asian tribe from the Middle East, dating back to the 12th century.
Past history of Algoz is macabre. As towns and villages that start with AL in the name date from the Moors period. In history Algoz was known for executions but no such evidence exists today. Algoz village has grown in popularity. The village hosts many events throughout the year. Best known for the largest monthly market in the Central Algarve (see market dates). Spread over a large area to the side of the village hall, which has a small playground in front. A very traditional market unlike others aimed at tourists.The Village has 2 banks with ATMs, as well a good choice of shops and Daily fish and fruit Market. Algoz 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.
Walk around the village, you will find houses boasting elaborate stone carving on parapet walls & windows. Showing the village had wealth from trading merchants who lived in the village.
Old oil presses, stone troughs sit along the grass verge with a small picnic area that can be found on the road towards Silves. Further along stands the public open air laundry, built in 1933 but closed in the 1990’s. In the village centre sits a picturesque church with clock tower and cockerel weather vein. The village has a patron saint, Our Lady of mercy. Whilst in the village centre sits 4 granite grinding stones used in the olive oil pressing industry.
To the south of Algoz, sitting on the village’s highest hill, Is the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Pilar. With fine views across the village with sea views of Armacao de Pera.
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, with a pig roast and other food snacks on offer.
Just 1 km on the outskirts of the village heading towards Ferrerias & Tunes on the EN: 269, is a Very Traditional Portuguese Tea shop.
Quinta dos Avos with a Horse Cart Museum with free admission open Saturdays only. The Tea shop is open every day except Tuesdays, from 2: pm until 7: PM. Those with GPS N.37º.09.21 - W.08º 17.09.
For those looking to stay in the village it offers a few Guest houses. Outside the village 4 km, is Krazy World with Reptiles petting animals, mini golf, and large swimming pool. Families can make a day enjoying the facilities. In 2013 changes in law saw many village /town halls combine, to cut back on running fees. The Village of Tunes now share the village hall located in Algoz. Village hall is also known as a Freguesia.
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Old Olive press
Ancient monument on hilltop
Old public laundry
Hill top view of Algoz