The Aljezur region encompasses the western end of the Algarve, Portugal, facing the constant battery of the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the area falls within the bounds of the Costa Vicentina National Park, one of Europe’s most beautiful natural parks, and as soon as you arrive into the area, the beauty will be abundantly clear.
The wild Atlantic beaches of the Aljezur region are hugely spectacular, flanked by dramatic black cliffs and covered in fine, golden sand that gleams in the almost constant sunshine. Facing out into the Atlantic, Aljezur’s beaches are a sportsman’s dream, especially the beaches of Praia do Amado, Praia da Arrifana, and Praia de Odeceixe-Mar (from which you can hire a canoe and head up the Seixe Estuary), which attract surfers and windsurfers in their droves. Those looking for a quiet, secluded and completely natural beach from self catering Aljezur accommodation are in luck to. Beaches including Praia da Samouqueira, Vales dos Homens and Praia da Carriagem are blissfully peaceful and completely natural.
The Costa Vicentina National Park offers an unrivalled insight into the life and nature of the Algarve. Plunging cliffs form a rugged skyline, and endless stretches of golden sand provide the barrier between land and sea. The wildlife within the park is wonderful, with a huge number of bird species from eagles to nightingales, kingfishers to owls. You might even be lucky enough to see some of the last remaining wild boar or even Iberian Lynx whislt in the park too. Walking, mountain biking and especially horse riding holidays are an absolute joy from Aljezur villas, mainly due to the absolutely stunning coastal landscapes of the area. There are plenty of equestrian centres in Aljezur, as well as climbing centres, water sports centres and plenty of opportunities to go deep sea fishing.
Vale da Telha is a hugely popular beach resort in Aljezur. With walking access to the beaches of Monte Clerigo and Arrifana, Vale da Telha is a perfect destination for family beach holidays, and there are a great range restaurants as well as a handful of bars in which to enjoy the evenings.
Aljezur village is a charming little whitewashed market town located on both shores of a river valley. Its Moorish origins are still clearly visible, with a great Moorish fortress casting a long shadow from its location on a hilltop above the village. With excellent access to beaches and the wild landscapes of the Costa Vicentina, a holiday rental villa or apartment in Aljezur really gives you the best of the region. Those looking to understand the region a little better should certainly visit the town itself, as the twisted streets leading up to the castle are lined with fantastic little museums and galleries.
People flock to holiday rental accommodation in Aljezur, Portugal, all year round. The summer months see wonderfully long days bathed in bright sunshine for up to 11 hours a day. Temperatures regularly break the 40°C mark in the middle of the day between June and August, with temperatures remaining in the low 30’s until late in the evening. Even winters are wonderfully pleasant in Aljezur, as daily temperatures below 15°C are unlikely.
Aljezur is a little over an hour from Faro International Airport (FAO), the Algarve’s main transport hub. A hire car is strongly recommended for any Aljezur holiday, especially as it will allow you to drive the coastal road to your self catering Aljezur property, which may take a little longer but the sensational views are certainly worth it. There are a huge range of inbound flights to Faro, and if you would prefer not to drive, you can catch a train to Lagos, and a bus to Aljezur from there.