The Vicentine Coast is one of the treasures of Portugal. In a journey that can be transformative, the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo offers the beauty of nature in all its splendour and the sea is your companion throughout the journey. For hiking and surfing lovers, the Vicentine Coast is the perfect place to enjoy magnificent panoramic views while playing sports.
In total, there are 110 kilometres covering four municipalities: Aljezur and Vila do Bispo (Faro), Sines (Setúbal) and Odemira (Beja). All ready? Your journey is about to begin!
The four best beaches
1. São Torpes Beach, Sines
This is the best known beach on the Vicentine Coast and, therefore, also the most popular. The popularity is due to its warm water, which has even reached 30 degrees due to the Sines thermoelectric plant - meanwhile closed in 2021. This beach is also known for the excellent waves that attract surfers and water sports practitioners.
2. Samoqueira Beach, Porto Covo
The Samoqueira Beach has extensive wooden walkways that protect the vegetation. The fact that it is a place that remains almost unchanged by man, grants it a singular beauty, where the protagonists are the imposing cliffs and emerald water.
3. Ilha do Pessegueiro Beach, Porto Covo
The Ilha do Pessegueiro beach, located 10 minutes from the centre of Porto Covo, was responsible for inspiring musician Rui Veloso to write a song. This beach is one of the most popular in the region, attracting tourists and water sports practitioners. As far as the island is concerned, it is totally uninhabited, but it is known for being one of the first centres of human activity in the region.
4. Furnas Beach, Vila Nova de Milfontes
There is no denying that Furnas beach is one of the best in the country - fact is the 7 Wonders award - Beaches of Portugal. This is an option that combines tranquillity and the singular beauty of Vila Nova de Milfontes. In addition, you can take the opportunity to visit the village and the local shops.
The best hotels in Costa Vicentina
Praia do Canal Nature Resort Hotel
Praia do Canal Nature Resort Hotel is 7 kilometres from Aljezur Castle. Here, you can take a dip in the outdoor or indoor swimming pool and make use of the 5-star hotel accommodations, such as the spa or fitness centre. Praia do Canal Nature Resort is 5 kilometres from the surf spot of Arrifana beach and 3 kilometres from the surf spot Canal beach.
Casas Do Moinho - Turismo De Aldeia
Casas do Moinho in Odeceixe has an outdoor pool and offers a hot tub and massage services. In addition, there are several activities you can enjoy: surfing, mountain biking, fishing, diving and hiking on the Vicentine Coast trails. Odeceixe Beach, one of Portugal's 7 Natural Wonders, is less than 5 minutes' drive from Casas do Moinho.
Vale Da Telha Hotel
Vale Da Telha Hotel is a small hotel, recommended for those who prefer more peaceful environments. Rooms feature a balcony, fridge and minibar. Guests can make use of the hotel's swimming pool and terrace.
Memmo Baleeira - Design Hotels
Memmo Baleeira is located in the Vicentine Coast Natural Park. All rooms have a seating area but only some have garden and sea views. The hotel has a swimming pool and spa, consisting of a Turkish bath, an indoor pool, a sauna and a massage area. If you want to discover the historic centre of Sagres, you just need to walk 200 metres. Tonel and Martinhal beaches are a 5-minute walk from the space.
Porto Covo Praia Hotel & SPA
Porto Covo Praia Hotel & SPA has a restaurant, shared lounge, outdoor swimming pool and bar. In addition to the stay, guests can try the hotel's breakfast. Near Porto Covo Praia Hotel & SPA are the beaches of Espingardeiro, Porto Covo and Banho.
The best restaurants on the Vicentine Coast
Trinca Espinhas is located in São Torpes Beach and has a splendid view of the sea. The specialty of the restaurant is the Fish Cataplana and the Grilled Fish.
Tasca do Celso
In Tasca do Celso, in Vila Nova de Milfontes, you can taste the Alentejo in each dish. Alongside the recipes, the restaurant also has a magnificent wine cellar. The menu features the famous fresh fish, Cataplana à Trinca Espinhas, Monkfish Rice and Grilled Fish.
Taberna Ti Vitória
The Taberna Ti Vitória specialty is fish and meat grilled on charcoal. Despite considering itself as a grill, the menu has all kinds of summer snacks.
Vila Nova de Milfontes Route
Vila Nova de Milfontes is planted by the sea and it is one of the most popular places on the Alentejo Coast. For those who prefer family holidays, you can count on sea and river beaches. For the more radical ones, they can also do mountain biking, trails or ride a quad bike. Vila Nova de Milfontes is also known as the “Land of Three Lies”, because it is not a village, it is not new, nor does it have a thousand sources. Excelente made a selection of the best places to stay, snack and visit.
Where to stay?
Duna Parque Group
The Duna Parque Group is also an excellent option for those who like the beach, being only seven minutes from the nearest one. In addition, it has an extensive outdoor pool and an indoor pool. The apartment includes 1 bedroom, a kitchenette with a microwave and a fridge, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and a bathroom.
Casa do Adro da Igreja turismo de habitação
Casa do Adro da Igreja is two minutes from the beach — an authentic gem for those who love to combine rest and comfort. For river lovers, we suggest the city's river beach, a 15-minute walk from this accommodation. The house has two shared living rooms with a cosy fireplace and two charming outdoor terraces. The communal kitchen includes a microwave, coffee machine and a refrigerator stocked with fresh fruit.
Raminhos Guest House
Raminhos Guest House is surrounded by beaches. Franquia Beach is 750 metres away and Furnas Beach is 1 km away. To contemplate, you have a magnificent garden where the sun is the protagonist. In addition, it has a common room. The house is located in an area close to the centre (7-8 minutes), but at the same time it is quiet and quiet, and if you want, you can access the parking lot next to the hotel.
Where to eat?
Restaurant Picatapa is known for its wonderful tapas and snacks. In this space you can find boards of cheeses and sausages, curd cheese with honey and nuts, Fried Cuttlefish Strips, Octopus Salads, Black Pork Woodpecker.
Restaurante Alento is situated in Vila Nova de Mil Fontes. The restaurant promises “a wide variety of tasty and fresh dishes”, “divine homemade desserts”, “fresh bread” and entrees “known above all for their freshness and their particular taste”.
Alento is an expert in traditional Portuguese cuisine, although it also offers options adapted to vegetarians. Among the various dishes, many are cooked in a wood oven, such as Roasted Codfish, Piglet with Mushroom Risotto, Tuna Tataki and fish and shellfish. Desserts are not left out and are always homemade, just like the fresh bread that guides all meals.
Stressfree offers traditional Portuguese dishes and snacks such as cheese boards and sausages from the region to enjoy with a good glass of wine. The specialties are the Peixinhos da Horta with Yogurt and Mint sauce and Mussels with Tomato. Stressfree is the balance between the offer of breakfasts and brunches, and the offer of traditional snacks such as the Moelas.
The Ritual is perfect for both those who want traditional food, as well as for those looking for food from the world. The restaurant embraces international dishes and ranges from the “Burguers”, to Steaks and even dishes such as Prawn Curry, Mango & Chilli.
What to visit?
In addition to eating and staying in Vila Nova de Mil Fontes, you can enjoy the city's cultural landmarks. The Excellent leaves you tips of some points that you should visit.
Farol das Milfontes
Do Farol das Mil Fontes, you can have an excellent view over the sea and the mouth of the river Mira. The light came into service in 1889 and is currently a reference point in Vila Nova de Mil Fontes. There is also a viewpoint located at the roundabout of the Archangel statue, right next to the beach.
Centro da Vila
Vila Nova de Mil Fontes Centre has about five thousand inhabitants and is considered one of the best natural ports on the south coast of Portugal. The center of the parish is a characteristic place of the Alentejo coast with shops and restaurants region ais. It is almost mandatory to visit the fort of São Clemente, the mother church and the Chapel of São Sebastião.
Praia das Furnas
Praia das Furnas is a pleasant place, where the salt sea and the fresh water of the river meet and make a unique combination. It is a wide beach of fine sand and overlooking the fortress of Milfontes. On site, there are two access roads and parking, which allow the passage of wheelchairs to the beach.
Vila Nova de Mil Fontes has delightful landscapes. Next to the beach you have the best sunset: an incredible setting with a breathtaking view. Next to the river, you can go hiking and enjoy the natural beauty of the Alentejo Coast. You'll get out of there with the best pictures!
Now that you have all the tips, go to the discovery of Costa Vicentina! Whether summer or winter will always be a destination of choice. If you take advantage of the suggestions from Excellent, it will be much easier to organize your itinerary.