WEST COASTLINE SOUTH
Discover the fantastic views of the Portuguese vicentina coast, with culture, beach and wonderful landscapes.
The entire west coast south (or Alentejo coast) is known mainly as a Summer destination, sought by its many fabulous beaches and for outdoor activities. Surf lovers, naturists, birdwatchers, fishermen, horse riders, divers and all those looking for a pause in the hustle and bustle of everyday life wish to have a time off in the Alentejo coast.
Starting point: Lisbon Airport
Ending point: Porto Côvo
Follow the 2nd Circular / E1 from Av. Berlin and start your trip south, crossing either the Vasco da Gama or the 25 de Abril bridges.
Get ready to escape the crowds in Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park
It is located on the southern margin of the Tagus River, on the opposite side of the river from Lisbon, which are connected by the 25 de Abril Bridge.
Here is an important fishing community that settled there. In addition to the fishing activity, Fonte da Telha is a summer resort where there are 9 beaches, restaurants, bars, schools of nautical activity, a center diving.
At one end of the beach, naturism is practiced on the Adiça beach.
About an hour from Lisbon, in Setúbal, you simply take the Ferry Boat (around 20€ for a vehicle and 2 persons) across the river Sado to get to the Troia.
The Tróia Peninsula is one of the most beautiful coastlines of Portugal, with around of 18km stretch of pristine sands, crystal clear waters and pine forested sand dunes… with a beautiful view for the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park.
Have fun and enjoy some water sports – perfect for windsurfing and sailing.
Take a short hike and find deserted beaches and peaceful forests… breathing within Nature.
And… it’s very common to see dolphins at this point where the river Sado meets the sea – you can taking a boat ride with time to observe them. It is always a good idea!
Following the road that crosses this spit of sand you will come to other beaches such as Comporta, Carvalhal and Pego…
The huge sandy beach of Comporta Beach is famous for its beaches of great quality and mild weather during the summer, with white sand and a blue sea, giving it a paradisiac look.
The sea with some ripples, gives you a good conditions for kitesurfing.
Comporta is integrated in the Natural Reserve of Sado Estuary, where you can also observe more than 200 species of birds that exist here.
Beautiful place to relax looking to the sky!
Very popular among surf and kitesurf lovers. There are a range of beach activities beside sun loungers and parasols.
Carvalhal Beach in Odemira, between Odeceixe and Zambujeira do Mar is one of the best beach destinations of Costa Vicentina. It is the perfect place to spend a day surrounded by nature, whether to relax in the sun with a drink, to receive a massage, to surf or to enjoy one of our meals.
Pego Beach is a picture of tranquillity. A true oasis alentejano surrounded by a long sandy-colored, with a dune system of great landscape and environmental interest. Boasts quality restaurants serving typical dishes from Alentejo.
This beach is a particular favourite for sports fishermen and often hosts competitions and championships.
Located in the Alentejo, the Lagoas de Santo André and Sancha Natural Reserve occupies a 15km-wide coastal sector inland from the shoreline, in the municipalities of Sines and Santiago do Cacém.
The Reserve is a place of outstanding natural beauty and offers excellent conditions to practice many activities like hiking, canoeing and windsurfing, or simply strolling and relaxing in the sun on the adjacent long sandy beaches of Costa de Santo André and Fonte do Cortiço.
An old fishing town, Sines has been gradually transformed by tourism and industry. Nowadays, it is a major port and oil-tanker terminal of great importance to the Portuguese economy.
Overlooking the bay are the ruins of a mediaeval castle, which was restored in the sixteenth century.
Its strong and regular waves ensure São Torpes Beach is one of the best for surfing to be found along the entire extent of the Portuguese coastline with a number of schools available for those wishing to learn this sport.
Located right in the extreme north of the Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina Natural Park, São Torpes Beach covers a long stretch of sand occasionally punctuated by rocks with its sea a noticeable couple of degrees warmer than its neighbouring beaches.
Porto Côvo continues to be the friendly fishing village full of small white houses.
It is undoubtedly pretty but these days it is perhaps best to describe it as a former fishing village since the village’s economy is now driven by tourism.
It is a popular weekend getaway spot during the warmer months. Some of the greatest attractions for visitors are the many beautiful beaches sheltered by sheer cliffs that are hidden here and there all the way along the coast.
Roughly 250 metres off the coast near Porto Covo is the abandoned Ilha do Pessegueiro, an island that has long been a great source of inspiration for poets.