Aljezur is a municipality where the fishing activity is predominant and with a rich and diverse natural heritage. Located along the Ocean coast, and clipped by cliffs, it presents the gorgeous beaches and the nice village center as main welcome cards. From the Castle, with two imposing towers, the plain bordered by the river and the successive hills up to Monte Clérigo beach may be seen. Still in the center, it is worth to unravel the Fonte das Mentiras, a magical and legendary place. The village preserves the Igreja da Misericórdia de Aljezur, which interior is decorated with Baroque style gold carving, and also the Church of Nossa Senhora de Alva. The cultural heritage of Aljezur is present in the Municipal Museum, the Antoniano Museum or in the recent Museu do Mar e da Terra da Carrapateira (Carrapateira Sea and Earth Museum). Along the coast you will find the Arrifana fortress ruins, a place of intense beauty with panoramic views over the Costa Vicentina and the most beautiful beaches of Portugal, among which the Arrifana and Monte Clérigo beaches stand out. Odeceixe boasts one of the hallmarks of the region: the mill, where it is still possible to watch the artisan process of cereal grinding. Aljezur is also a land of traditions, such as the famous sea bath in the commemorations of August 29th municipal holiday, or the sweet potato Festival, in the months of October and November. Highlight is the Fishermen feast, in Arrifana, which takes place on the last weekend of July.
What to do in Aljezur
Praia de Odeceixe
A beach located in a fishing village, in a small valley with edenic views. Located in between cliffs, it is crossed by the Ceixe brook that separates the regions of Alentejo and Algarve. There are artificial barriers on the sand in order to try and preserv the dunes. The water is cold and turbulent but excellent for surfing and conoeing. …
Castelo de Aljezur
Human occupation at this site dates back to the Iron Age. The castle is built on a hillock overlooking a brook, and it was used to protect the river port (that established a connection between the town and the sea) and to defend the local population from enemy attack. Two towers form part of the vast walled defence structure. From …
Praia da Arrifana
Situated in a small fishing village, this beach is an interesting scoop of sand surrounded by grey ravines which extend into promontories. A truly luxurious landscape, where stands the stone statue of the needle, a large dark, narrow cliff and pointed, cone-shaped, to emerge from the sea, in the extreme south, and traces of the ancient fortress of the 17th …
Monte da Vilarinha
This is an area where you want to stay. Monte da Vilarinha combines all the simplicity of rural environment with comfort and modernity. This is a set of T0, T1 and villas located in the Natural Park of Costa Vicentina, …
Ribeira de Aljezur
Ribeira de Aljezur is a natural wonder of rare beauty. Rises in the serra de Monchique and crosses the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina until flowing into the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Monte Clérigo beach.
Ruínas da Fortaleza de Arrifana
Fort built to protect the local fishermen. At present it is in ruins but affords a beautiful panoramic view of the Vincentina coastline.
Igreja da Misericórdia de Aljezur
16th century church, rebuilt during the 18th century after the 1755 earthquake. A renaissance doorway remains from the original build. The church has an extremely simple interior comprising only one nave and triumphal arch. Currently, in one of the wings …
Museu Municipal de Aljezur - Núcleo de Arqueologia e Etnografia
Located in the historic area of this small town, the museum has two parts. In the Archaeological area, it exhibits archaeological findings related to the people who lived here since the caves days to the Bronze Age and the Muslim …
Centro Histórico de Aljezur
Aljezur is a small, quiet town dominated by a 10th century Moorish castle. It is divided into two parts: Vila Velha and Igreja Nova. In between the two there is a fertile valley whose fields, cultivated with different crops, form …
Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Alva / Igreja Matriz de Aljezur
The Church of our Lady of dawn, or new Church, by which name it is also known, was built in the late 18TH century. Its facade is composed of three cloths and inside, of three naves, boasts the ceiling decorated …
This Panel is a tribute to the Mondadeira, an activity which if exercised in the decades of 30 to 50 of the twentieth century, rice paddies located in Dom Sancho in Aljezur.
Moinho de Odeceixe
Working windmill where it is possible to witness the milling of cereals using traditional methods. There are beautiful views from this vantage point.
O Sítio do Rio
A restaurant located at the Carrapateira Beach, with a youthful service, a menu of regional dishes and some vegetarian offers. Good wines.
Monte Velho Retreat Center
Rural tourism unit entered in the vicentine coast Natural Park, with environmental animation activities (donkey rides, cycling, bird watching and trekking) and surf lessons, yoga and massage. The rooms are rustic and welcoming, each with its own decor.
Situated since 1995 at St Anthony’s chapel (Capela de Santo António), a building located in Aljezur’s historical centre, this museum exhibits works offered by official and private entities. Special mention goes to the paintings, old engravings, books, coins and medals …
Museu do Mar e da Terra da Carrapateira
Situated in the village of Carrapateira, this museum is a cultural space that focuses on local development and belongs to the new generation of community-oriented local museums. Also features the problem of insertion of traditional activities on the future of …
Restaurante da Praia
This space, located on the Arrifana beach, serves fish dishes in a quite scenic landscape.
Where to eat in Aljezur
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