My favorite Summer Hot Spot in Portugal is the southwest coast of Alentejo and Algarve. With gorgeous beaches and being part of a protected natural reserve, this is the paradise for laid-back vacationers, chilled surfers and trigger-happy photographers alike!
First the practicals: the Vicentine Coast Natural Park is situated in the Portuguese southwest coast. Get to Lisbon, get a car and drive south. Alternatively, there are a lot of low cost flights to Faro, where you can get a car and drive West. It will be worth the drive.
The Vicentine Coast Natural Park extends throughout the Southwest coast of Portugal. Traveling along it, you will find quaint villages, a rocky coastline, hilly landscapes of pine trees, still functioning windmills and lovely sea-side villages where you will taste delicious fresh fish and crisp vinho verde.
When coming from the North, a good first stop is Vila Nova de Milfontes, a lovely fisherman’s town. Many beautiful pictures have been taken there:
Another very popular spot is the beach of Zambujeira do Mar, which is flooded every summer with festival goers to the one of Portugal’s most popular summer festivals. Outside festival week, it is still popular but much less crowded:
One of my favorites — a lesser-known beaches called Praia de monte Clérigo, a wonderful beach that is also surfer’s paradise:
Finally, I would definitively recommend the beautiful town of Odeceixe. On the Southern end of the Vicentine coast, it is either an ideal starting or ending point. The village is a few kilometers away from the beach, you can easily cycle to the beach and the landscape is worth it!
From it’s cliffy edges you can shoot a spectacular sunset:
And the beach is just delightful:
So, have you started planning your next trip already?