The Vicentine Coast, considered Portugal’s greatest coastal paradise, has a well-preserved environment, which is both forceful and wild.
Beaches are sometimes open with stretches of sand dunes and sometimes small and framed by impressive cliffs.
Cape St. Vincent and the Sagres Promontory are superb areas, jutting out into the sea, which gives character to their landscapes. Here, the sea is restless and a deep blue. They are particularly popular among surfing and bodyboard enthusiasts.
The whole coast north of Amoreira is marked by high cliffs and escarpments among which small beaches emerge, followed by larger beaches surrounded by either sand dunes or cliffs of schist and limestone, which have been carved by sea erosion. Here, Amoreira and Monte Clérigo beaches are separated by rocks.
Farther south, the landscape is breathtaking, dominated sharply by the Pedra da Agulha, an impressive boulder in the sea. Canal, Penedo and Vale Figueiras are located along the coast from here to Carrapateira, which is a wide sandy beach hidden by a strip of golden dunes.
On the border between the west coast and the south coast, the little town of Sagres nestles amid pretty beaches such as Telheiro, Ponta Ruiva, Beliche, Tonel and Martinhal. In the latter, there is a water sports school offering courses in waterskiing, surfing and windsurfing.