Aljezur is located in the west coast of the Algarve, almost in the border with the Alentejo region. It is located inside Costa Vicentina natural park reason why is still very unspoiled and calm.
This destination is ideal for those you like nature activities, like hiking and surf, and for those looking for rural charming and still be close to the sea. Yes, here you can have both!
Beaches in the area offer good conditions for surf and beautiful landscapes, very different from those in the south coast of the Algarve. One of the most famous beach is “Praia da Arrifana”, located within a small bay.
If you like hiking, there are 2 big routes passing thought Aljezur:
- Historical Way of the Rota Vicentina: It is comprised mainly of rural trails, with stretches of cork tree forests, mountain ranges, valleys, rivers and creeks.
- Fishermen’s Trail of Rota Viventina: This trail goes always by the sea and follows the paths used by the locals to access the beaches and fishing grounds.
Despite the fast-growing tourism, Lagos still preserves the typical Algarvian architecture and its charming streets and alleys make you want to walk around with no final destination. If you avoid the summer months you will be able to appreciate the city and its history at a calmer pace. Celtic, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Moors all left a bit of them during their time.
If you take a walk by the river you can enjoy a view of the modern marine and a walk to the past with Castelo dos Governadores and Forte Ponta da Bandeira.
The beaches in the area are magnificent with stunning cliffs and caves. Make sure to visit Camilo’s and Dona Ana beaches and the well-known Ponta da Piedade. They are well-worth the visit and during Autumn you avoid the crowds.
Silves is a charming town filled with history and culture, as it was once the capital of the Algarve. The castle on the top of the hill, is one of the most well-preserved in the region and offers amazing views to the lands around. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes to explore the city centre, as the streets go up the hill in unlevel pavement. The atmosphere is really immersive and you will feel like the town have stopped in time.
If you have time to explore the area around, Silves is know by its vineyards and the citrus farms. Some producers receive visitors and offer tours.
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