19th November – 20th November
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.
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.