Protected by the natural park Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano, Costa Vicentina unveils another Alentejo where the well-preserved nature is strong and wild, and the cuisine is mouth-watering.
From Porto Covo to Odeceixe, the road goes through cliffs, wild beaches, secret pathways, and quiet villages. The overall atmosphere in the region is laidback and family-friendly. This Alentejo by the sea is as sure as it is mysterious. Unmissable and surprising at every visit.
Coming from Lisbon, the first stop is Sines. It's not a coincidence that this city has such a strong connection to the sea -- its location turned it into a land of fishers and Vasco da Gama departed from the Porto de Sines on his trip to India.
In its historic centre visit the Sines Castle, the Casa Vasco da Gama (Vasco da Gama House), the museum Museu de Sines, and the churches Igreja de Nossa Senhora das Salas and Igreja Matriz. Five minutes from the city centre, by the seaside, see the beach Praia Vasco da Gama, the Porto de Recreio (Recreational Harbour), and the Porto de Sines (Sines Harbour). In the county of Sines, there are at least two more must-visit places -- São Torpes and Porto Covo. São Torpes was the first beach in the Alentejo coast for surfing because of its excellent conditions for this sport. It's a historical beach with a peculiarity -- the water temperature reaches 30 degrees Celsius in the summer.
Almost pristine and beautiful, the village of Porto Covo is a unique and practically secret place. The vast sea, the cliffs, and the steep and narrow streets will take you to surprising places like island Ilha do Pessegueiro and beach Praia Grande. In its centre, be embraced by the generous and hospitable people who gather at the beautiful Largo do Marquês de Pombal inspired by Lisbon’s downtown neighbourhood Baixa Pombalina.
When we reach the south of Costa Vicentina, it’s easy to lose track of time in the middle of secluded and untouched beaches.
Following the coastline towards the south, we enter the county of Odemira where you'll see one of the most charming and most visited towns in the region -- Vila Nova de Milfontes. This family-friendly and cosy town masterfully balances its tranquillity and identity with the busy tourism season and foreign visitors.
With a History revealed in sites like the lighthouse Farol de Milfontes, fort Forte de São Clemente, and the church Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graça, it’s the beaches that get the most attention. Beaches Praia das Furnas, Praia da Franquia, and Praia do Malhão are the best-known for their untouched beauty, easy access, and favourable conditions for water sports. Before heading to the beaches in the south, visit the town of Odemira, Almograve, and Cabo Sardão.
When we reach the south of Costa Vicentina, it’s easy to lose track of time in the middle of secluded and untouched beaches. Praia da Zambujeira do Mar, Praia dos Machados, Praia da Amália, Praia do Carvalhal, Praia do Tonel, and Praia dos Alteirinhos are just some of the beaches that will make you fall in love with this part of the country.
The towns of Zambujeira do Mar, São Teotónio, and Odeceixe are the meeting point between History, culture, and the local cuisine that includes flavours from the ocean and the river. You’ll always find grilled fish and fresh shellfish on the menu.
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Herdade do Pessegueiro
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