Located 24 miles west of Lagos and about 60 miles from Faro, Vila do Bispo is the centre of a municipality that includes the towns of Raposeira, Sagres, and Budens. Vila do Bispo, as a town, is quite pretty with typical Algarvean houses and a beautiful 16th-century church. The region is known for its remote beaches with terrific surfing conditions as well as preserved buildings and ancient ruins. When holiday plans call for a trip to the area, finding a holiday rentals in Vila do Bispo is easy with HomeAway.
If a villa in Vila do Bispo is what a traveller requires, HomeAway has plenty of options. Whether it be a big place for groups of 10 or more with a pool and garden, or a luxurious, waterfront villa for two couples, the selection of Vila do Bispo accommodations is sure to please.
Also consider branching out and exploring other parts of the region. For example, HomeAway has great holiday homes in the Faro region, and farther down the coast travellers will also find holiday homes in Carvoeiro.
Praia do Castelejo:
Castelejo Beach is located quite close to the town Vila do Bispo. This small and pretty beach is sheltered by the cliffs and is popular with local surfers. Save a small restaurant near the path leading to the beach, there are no further amenities, which only adds to the secluded feel.
Cabo de São Vicente:
Visitors can check out Europe's most powerful lighthouse at the Cape of St. Vincent. The views from atop the lighthouse are breathtaking and well worth the climb. There are often roadside stands on the way to the lighthouse, selling local wares, snacks and drinks.
Hermitage of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe:
The church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is believed to date back to the 13th century. It is one of the very few buildings to have survived the devastating earthquake of 1755, making it a truly special sight.
Fortress of Sagres:
This fortress was constructed under orders of Henry the Navigator due to the fact that the area provided shelter before attempting the often dangerous voyage around Cape St. Vincent. Like most structures in this area, this 16th-century fortress was greatly damaged during the earthquake in 1755 though there is still an original 16th-century turret.
Monte dos Amantes:
This historic site located near Vila do Bispo has artefacts dating back to the Stone Age. Visitors can see preserved footprints of early humans, and the remains of a menhir garden date back to the 3rd or 4th century BC.
Boca do Rio:
Visitors to Boca do Rio can find some well-preserved Roman ruins. Boca do Rio was the most southwesterly Roman settlement and the ruins include the remains of a bathhouse, fish salting tanks, and a villa. The villa has impressive mosaic floors and painted walls.
Vila do Bispo enjoys good weather almost the whole year round. Summers in Vila do Bispo are hot and sunny with warm temperatures running well into the end of September. The average summer temperature is 29°C in midsummer with some days reaching the mid-30s in late July or early August. There is little to no rainfall in summer. Winters are mild; temperatures rarely drop below 10-12ºC.
Faro International Airport (FAO) is the closest, located about 70 miles from Vila do Bispo. From there, travellers can take a bus or train, though one must transfer in Lagos, which makes the trip rather long. Hiring a car is the easiest and fastest option; there are several agencies at the airport, and the journey to Vila do Bispo is a simple one-hour drive along the A22. Taxis are also numerous.