aljezur

Pearl of the west coast Algarve

Expats village

Only village around west coast stunning rocky beaches.

Magnificent little town hids in gorgeous nature on the west coast of Algarve. The location of the town itself is amazing. You can find around numerous stunning rocky beaches, appalling high cliffs, green hills to walk around. There will be little white settlements around the hills and near the ocean. Famous coastal trail Way of St. Vincent (or Rota Vicentina in portuguese) is going through Aljezur. Its a strip of coastline that is protected from development. Beaches nearby are very popular among surfers. People come here for amazing views from the cliffs and wild ocean.

village character

Aljezur is a land that has distant origins, and is marked by various archaeological remnants.

There is a river in the center and on one side of it stands the old town, which dates back to the tenth century when the Moors first settled here. Village is dominated by the ruins of a tenth century Moorish castle, which sits at the top of a narrow and very steep cobbled hill. Entry to the ruins is free and the views from the top of the hill are spectacular.

The population is around only 6000 people. So, its a very small settlement, yet the only one with schools and supermarkets. To be honest, people come don’t to visit the village, but to enjoy nature around. Luckily there are still not so much tourist yet. Maybe because transportation isn’t developed in the municipality.

Aljezur is wild nature of rocky beaches

Though Aljezur is a small village territory around is very popular among foreigners. There are a lot of expats, some live in Aljezur, beach villas, some buys land and live organic life around nature. That’s why almost every day there are all kinds of yoga and meditation events, retreats, farmer’s markets, events for nature and eco-stuff lovers, surfers gatherings.

Coming to Aljezur without a car isn’t an easy choice, to go almost anywhere one needs own vehicle. There are only some busses to Lisbon and Lagos.

We want to recommend some spectacular beaches nearby: Arrifana, Monte Clérigo and Bordeira.

Odeceixe

This unique village located on the hills near one of the most beautiful beaches of Europe and takes place in 7 ‘wonders’ of Portugal – Praia de Odeceixe. Village border on the north drawn by river Ceixe, which lines the natural border between Algarve and Alentejo regions. If you cross the bridge  – you ll find yourself in the Alentejo.

Odeceixe at first can look like a round form village, but it is actually quite long, there are lots of space to walk. The character of streets and architecture changes depending on the village part.

Walking around the Odeceixe will bring a lot of fun if you dare to go various streets up and down the village, which are full of traditional Portuguese architecture. On one of the peaks stay the windmill, from where you can check amazing view on the surrounding area with valley and mill.

odeceixe
odeceixe

Odeceixe proposes a lot of accommodation in traditional style. There are various cafes and street product market every Sunday. A lot of pilgrims, who are walking the Way of Saint Vincent stopping here.

There is a short circular walk along Ceixe river valley (home to a variety of birds). Its also easy to walk to the beach from the village, it will take you around 40 minutes. It’s possible to walk from both sides of the river.

Beach of Odeceixe has a small river on the side and change its form depending on the tide. There are surf schools and a lot of surfers trying there best. Cafes and small shops making the beach look like a small cute site.

In winter season starting from October in the village and on the beach activity goes down and lots of restaurants close.

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