Aljezur and the surrounding area
On the western coast of the Algarve and in the heart of the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina, is the municipality of Aljezur. Of undeniable beauty, it preserves unforgettable landscapes between the mountains and the sea, in harmony with its valuable natural and cultural heritage.
From north to south, from Odeceixe to Carrapateira, the municipality offers countless reasons to visit: monuments, archaeological remains of great interest, museums, windmills, watermills, cultural landscapes, historical-cultural and environmental circuits and walking routes and signposted mountain biking, quality local food and products, festivities of regional and national relevance.
The coast cut in a unique way by nature, where, on a coast of about 40 km, there are beaches for all tastes, from Odeceixe, elected as one of the 7 Wonders - Beaches of Portugal, to Amado, famous worldwide for the practice of surfing. Sought throughout the year, they mark in a unique way those who visit them, whether by the sun and the sea, by sports or even for a simple walk by the sea.
Aljezur offers a peaceful holiday, just as it can offer an active holiday, linked to sport and leisure, always in harmony with natural values. Here you will find the ideal place for the so-called nature tourism, for the practice of hiking, with observation of flora and fauna, mountain biking, surfing and bodyboarding, sport fishing, orienteering, horseback riding, among other modalities. You can be enchanted by traveling the Rota Vicentina, as well as the Via Algarviana, two great pedestrian routes of great importance for the region and absorb everything that these circuits provide.
Inserted on the Costa Vicentina, the municipality of Aljezur, with a coastline of more than 40 km in length, has a Mediterranean climate with maritime influence and an average monthly temperature that varies between 6º C, the minimum of the coldest month and 29ºC , maximum of the hottest month. The average annual precipitation is 400 to 500 mm and the sun shines from 2800 to 3000 hours per year. NW and N winds predominate.
The beaches surrounded by the serrated profile of high cliffs, sometimes extend into the land in extensive dunes and sometimes are shells of golden sand flanked by towering black rocks. On this coast you can watch a magnificent sunset.
A paradise for fishermen, surfers and bodyboarders, as well as nature lovers, families with children can also enjoy a pleasant and peaceful vacation here.
Praia da Arrifana
Praia da Arrifana, located in a bay surrounded by a high cliff, is one of the most popular surfing spots in the Algarve.
Praia do Monte Clérigo
Praia do Monte Clérigo is a beautiful sandy beach in the western Algarve. Definitely one of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa Vicentina. The good waves attract many surfers all year round.
Paria da Amoreira
Near the village of Aljezur, Praia da Amoreira benefits from two realities: the sea beach itself and the mouth of the Aljezur stream. This confluence gives rise to an estuary and lagoon system of great natural beauty. At low tide, the landscape is breathtaking, revealing rock formations and extensive lagoons on the beach.
The Rota Vicentina is a hiking route in southwest Portugal between the city of Santiago do Cacém and Cabo de S. Vicente, which can be covered a total of 350 km on foot. The Rota Vicentina consists of two paths:
The historical path, which leads on a rural route through the most important cities and villages, consists mainly of country roads that are completely accessible or can be ridden by mountain bike in a total of 12 stages with a total length of 230 km.
The fishing path, always by the sea, on paths used by the locals to get to the beaches and fishing grounds, is characterized by a single path that can only be done on foot along the cliffs and 4 stages and 5 steps includes complementary routes for a total of 120 km. The Rota Vicentina crosses several places in the municipality of Aljezur, such as Odeceixe, Aljezur, Arrifana and Carrapateira, so you can see and appreciate the natural beauty of this municipality.
Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina
The Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Nature Park, which stretches over 100 km from Porto Covo in the Alentejo to Burgau in the Algarve, is the best-preserved stretch of coast in Europe and is home to numerous unique animal and plant species to have.
For this reason, many zoologists and botanists from all over the world come here. The landscape is dominated by the rugged cliffs, which are also shown in the park's logo. They arose over time through erosion, and they fascinate with their variety of shapes and colors.