The Alentejo Coast and “Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park” is one of the coastal regions in Portugal where there is still no great tourist pressure and where you can find places and beaches almost in a natural state.
For those looking for a more rustic place and away from mass tourism this is the right region.
From Troia, a few kilometers from Lisbon, to the Algarve, you can find the largest stretches of sand in the country, the rocky areas of the Vicentine Coast passing through the beautiful Odeceixe regionand the refuges of surfers, such as Amado Beach.
Besides the beaches, the local gastronomy is very vast, where you can delight with grilled fish caught in the sea and the seafood.
It is a guaranteed place to not miss as I will show you next.
Troia, both the area and beach, is the closest definition of paradise. The sand is pristine white and soft. When it meets up the Atlantic blue waters, it is a scenic view you can never get anywhere else. Troia boasts of ultra-modern development, but the beach remains natural and unscathed. There is a resort, golf, and tennis amenities. Here, you can engage in any imaginable water sport. If you are coming from Setubal, taking a ferry will get you to Troia fast and efficiently.
About where to stay and eat, there is a galore of places to make your choice. There is Loving Troia, with two bedrooms, a casino, free bikes, and kitchen appliances. You can fix your meals if you like. Soltroia Lake Dream House with air conditioning and great views of the lake. You can as well try Guesthouse Villa Kochab where you will get a pool, shared lounge, WiFi, as well as breakfast.
Comporta loosely translates to the gate blocking water. Get there and see the number of canals and you will be in total agreement. Rice paddies will be waving a warm welcome even before you get to the beach. One of the greatest things about Comporta beach is that you will never find considerable crowds to take away your peace. After all, it borders to the south Pego and Carvalhal beaches. In total, it is 15km of pristine sand all to yourself and a few tourists. Get your timing right, probably from May to October are the best months for a thrilling experience.
The best stay in Comporta is by renting a villa. Possanco with her thatched cabanas is an exciting choice. Casas na Areia will get you close to the river. There is a blend of the old and new in the interior décor and furnishing. Do not be surprised if you push your stay by a day or two.
One of the advantages of Carvalhal is that it is easily accessible via tarmac road. This is thanks to Lisbon-Algarve A2 motorway. Coming here, you will see beautiful fields of rice paddies before transitioning to pines. All around the beach are dunes adding to the spectacle of the place. Most of the times, the sea is calm, thus giving you ample time to relax and admire nature. At no time is the beach overcrowded. You might want to stay longer to catch the sunset from the sand as it is the most beautiful sight you have ever seen.
For dinner and accommodation, there is more than you can exhaust. Dunes Beach House is only 800 meters from the beach. They have a garden and free WiFi for guests. There is also Casa do Pescador and Dunes House all offering great prices and the best dining and accommodation experiences.
Praia Grande de Porto Covo
Golden sand and high cliffs will be the first sight Porto Covo beach throws your way. From the sand, you can see the blue and clear water of the Atlantic. The waves can be massive here, and that’s why the sight of surfers is an ordinary happening. The beach gets busy during summer, thus not the best timing if you would like some time alone. When the peak season is over, the calm returns and the paradise crawls back.
Equally amazing is the food in Porto Covo. In particular, Ze Inacio serves the best alentejana and A lagareiro- pork and octopus. There are lots of other options ranging from local to international delicacies. For accommodation, Casa no Campo is a fantastic budget hotel. It is quiet and an excellent choice for relaxing. If you need a high-end option, I would recommend Porto Covo Hotel Apartamento. It is an only 10-minute walk to the beach and has a pool.
Zambujeira do Mar Beach
The Alentejo coast is not complete without Zambujeira do Mar beach. Nestled in a sleepy village with unspoiled nature, you need to visit this haven.
From a distance, you can see whitewashed walls, towering cliffs, and terracotta roofs. To the south of the beach is a set of rocks named Palheirao, while to the north is Nossa Senhora do Mar chapel.
It is an excellent destination for surfers with all amenities you may need. During summer, the beach is like a beehive with residents and visitors taking advantage of the shine.
Worried about where to stay and eat while at Zambujeira do Mar. Please do not. The hotels, restaurant, rental houses will take good care of you. Some are not far from the beach. Do not leave without trying the local delicacies.
To the north and merely 5km from Vila Nova de Milfontes sits Praia do Malhao Beach. It is in a protected area, thus in its natural element. The beach is mostly empty and ideal for those looking for a remote and quiet place. Do not expect any café or other social amenities. It is a sea of endless sand. The beach is at the focal point of the strong Atlantic Ocean waves, which makes it popular with surfers. To get to the beach, you will need a car or rent a bike. Generally, you can do a lot of walking and hiking.
When you are spent and ready to rest, Duna Mil serves the best meals. You can as well check out Ritual, Paparoca, Mabi, or Café Flor do Mira. There is plenty for you to pick your choices. Whatever you choose, make sure you get the best experience from here.
This beautiful beach in the region of Aljezur, 2 km from Carrapateira, is very popular with surfers and nature lovers.
It is considered by many to be one of the best surfing areas in the country where national and international events take place.
Its natural beauty has been spared by this region still manage to escape mass tourism.
Although it is a natural beach, it has beach support during the summer and its proximity to Carrapateira allows you to increase the options for a meal, as is the case of “Cato” where you can stop to cool off with a drink or a complete meal with fresh produce from the land.
Dubbed as dramatic and raw, Almograve is one of Portugal’s top beaches. The sand is golden with black rocks cropping up in between. The rocks keep on defying the waves of the ferocious water that keep pounding on them. The waves here are relentless, and you can see the exposed basalt rocks as a testimony to this. Thankfully, the coastline is under the umbrella protection of a national park. If you appreciate raw beauty and power of nature, this is one beach you should add to your bucket list. To the north of the beaches, you can engage in surfing and boarding. The waves are stronger, and the water is sparkling clean.
While here, Casa Isa and Casa do Almograve are excellent choices for accommodation. There is a string of hotels and restaurants serving both local and European dishes. It should not give you any headache to make your pick.
Sitting at the border of Alentejo and Algarve, Praia de Odeceixe Mar beach is like a haven. It is also at the mouth of Rio de Seixe, which adds to its wonders and beauty. From the mouth of the river, you are greeted by a valley with lush green aura heading to the beach. Surfers love this beach. From the sand, you can see cliffs staring down at you. Farther south is Praia de Adegas, a nudist beach where you can mix with nature in your natural self. At the shores, there are shops and cafes so that you do not leave the sand before having enough of it.
Around here, you will get plenty of bed and breakfast spots. You can check-in at Monte de Cardal, Casa Vincenta, or Vale Idilico. You will like everything from the room décor to the surroundings. Moreover, there are many hotels around serving Portuguese delicacies at giveaway rates.
Talk of jewels and Arrifana beach perfectly fits into that description. The beach stretches slightly over a kilometer; thus you can find space and admire the place. It is the perfect spot for dipping into the blue waters or sunbathing on bright-crystal sand. The towering cliffs protect the beach and make it an excellent place for bodyboarding and surfing. Moreover, the beach will not disappoint for a family holiday.
You can choose not to stay in a hotel or restaurant. Instead, rent a holiday cottage with a stunning view over the Arrifana bay. You will cook your meals and stay for as long as you want. It is a paradise getting to see the rising waves of the ocean, and only a walking distance from the inviting sand.
The Praia da Bordeira Beach is mostly known for its sand dunes. Here you get a chance to interact with nature at its finest and take long walks on the sand. The beach is usually full during peak season, but during the low season you can hardly see visitors. On the landside, limestone cliffs are adding to the spectacle as well as diversifying the vegetation. Lagoons are not a rare sighting, and you may want to play with the warm water. The sand stretches for 3km, exposing you to powerful wind waves.
When it is about where to stay, there is more than you can exhaust. Casa Bordeira is an excellent choice. You will get a dream view of the mountains. You can as well check into Cato at a beautiful location. There is a string of bed and breakfast offers at pocket-friendly rates.
Amoreira beach is a hidden spot laden with idyllic views to the Atlantic water. It is a surfing dream place for the pros. For those looking to get away from tourist-filled beaches; this is where you should head. When the tide is low, a shallow lagoon forms at the beach. Children cannot have enough playing here. However, this is not a safe place for children when the high tides come knocking.
While here, check out Restaurant Paraiso do Mar. They prepare simple yet delicious meals. Even better, the prices are very pocket-friendly for those with frugal budgets. Be free to sample other hotels and restaurants because there is no shortage of where to stay and eat.