Spectacular coastlines and cute villages – the south west coast

19th November – 20th November

With so many rocky cliffs, accessing some of the coves is not so easy. We came across this little ladder to make the climb a bit easier.
With so many rocky cliffs, accessing some of the coves near Porto Covo is not so easy. We came across this little ladder to make the climb a bit easier.

Heading out from Lisbon we were going to make our way down the south-west coast.  We made our way through lush green countryside and cork tree plantations.  Apparently cork farms have traditionally been passed down from one generation to another, with the trees being stripped every 9 years, but taking 40 to become commercially viable.  The trees can live up to 500 years.

Our first stop was in Porto Covo, a small fishing village on the Alentijo coast.  This beautiful little village features buildings uniformly painted white with bright blue borders.  The surrounding coastline is stunning, with rocky cliffs and  lots of small sandy coves.  We rambled our way through small caves connecting one cove to another and discovered some really beautiful beaches.  Now, during our travels this year we have come across many beaches, often making me appreciate just how spoilt we are back home (we have it really good beach-wise).  But I can honestly say, this stretch of coastline offers some of the most spectacular spots I have ever seen.

The blue and white buildings of Porto Covo, Portugal.
The blue and white buildings of Porto Covo, Portugal.
The whole village is uniformly painted with blue and white.
The whole village is uniformly painted with blue and white.
One of the many sandy little coves amongst the rocky coastline near Porto Covo. I really would love to spend some time in this part of the world over summer, and just spent all day soaking up the sun.
One of the many sandy little coves amongst the rocky coastline near Porto Covo. I really would love to spend some time in this part of the world over summer, and just spent all day soaking up the sun.
The beautiful formation of the rocks near Porto Covo.
The beautiful formation of the rocks near Porto Covo.

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Heading further south along the coastline we came to Vila Nova de Milfontes, another small old fishing village in the Alentijo region.  Vila Nova de Milfontes sits on the mouth of the Mira River.  Standing on the sandy beach of the river looking out to the dusky sky was incredibly peaceful.

The river-mouth of the River Mira at Vila Nova de Milfontes - a sleepy old fishing village this time of year.
The river-mouth of the River Mira at Vila Nova de Milfontes – a sleepy old fishing village this time of year.
Sunset over the river mouth at Vila Nova de Milfontes
Sunset over the river mouth at Vila Nova de Milfontes
Praia Carreiro da Fazenda, near Vila Nova de Milfontes.
Praia Carreiro da Fazenda, near Vila Nova de Milfontes.

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