Altogether, there are 31 beaches, surrounded by stunning landscapes, where you will have the opportunity to come into contact with the fauna and flora of Europe’s best-preserved coastline. The turbulent, deep blue waters are popular with surfers and bodyboarders. Bounded by cliffs, Odeceixe Beach is a generous strip of sand between the salt water of the sea and the fresh water of the stream. Small lakes form here that are perfect for bathing and are much appreciated by the youngsters.
Farther south, close to Vale da Telha, the beauty of Monte Clérigo Beach and its environmental quality make it one of the best beaches on this part of the coast. The village from which it takes its name also adds a special touch to the setting. Moving on now to Arrifana, this beach lies low down in a bay surrounded by steep cliffs, dotted from top to bottom by the houses of the charming village. Here, the landscape is marked by the oddly-shaped rocky ledge known as Pedra da Agulha (“Needle Rock”).
In Bordeira, the beach is huge (it is over 3 km long) and the cliffs are famous for their almost inaccessible fishing spots. At the far end of Aljezur lies Amado Beach, where the waves are greatly praised by surfers. And the town of Sagres, in Vila do Bispo, is surrounded by pretty beaches: Telheiro, Beliche, Tonel and Martinhal, where there is a water sports school. Superb, too, are Cabo de São Vicente (Cape St. Vincent) and the Sagres Promontory, which jut out into the ocean, marking the landscape and Portugal’s history.