Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina!

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Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

I love Portuguese. It’s one of the most melodic languages that exist on this planet. So the name of this region is a pleasure for my ears.

The Costa Vicentina is located between the western part of the Algarve and the Alentejo. But geographically it belongs to the Algarve.

Praia da Arrifana, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

It is wild, it is beautiful, it is far away from mass tourist destinations. And that was the plan. To find and to explore this kind of region at the Algarve.

Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Sustained tourism and nature protection

As this region is a natural preserve, it’s pristine and far away from mass tourism. The goal of the declaration to a protected area was to save the region from too much construction, protect the environment and at the same time use the region for touristic purposes.

Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Endless cliffs of Costa Vicentina

The up to 150m high cliffs were formed by erosion over thousands of years. They’re really impressive because of their huge variety of forms and colours. Red, brown and black cliffs – here you’ll find them all.

Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Surfer’s paradise Portugal

The long cliffs are interrupted by long, beautiful sand beaches. Being located at the Atlantic coast makes it a perfect surfing spot. Jan and I made our first surfing course here and we weren’t so bad at all.

Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

It was so much fun and as a little souvenir we got rewarded with sore muscles.

Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Costa Vicentina is also perfect for paragliders. Actually it’s perfect for almost any kind of sports.

Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

And: You can see spectacular sunsets here. The wild sea and the wind were an awesome combination.

Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

But the sun makes you believe it’s warm. I had to deal with the consequences after wards and became ill. So if you want to watch the sunset here, bring a knitter and a blanket for yourself.

Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Contrast to the rest of the Algarve

In September high season is over at the Algarve. Main season here is July and August. But still Costa Vicentina was much calmer than anywhere else in this area.

Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

If you just want to sit down and listen to the waves, this is your place. Sometimes you’ll really feel quite lonely here. Prices here are also much better than at the rest of the Algarve.

Cabo de São Vicente, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Driving along the Portugal’s Costa Vicentina with a rental car

For this region, you definitely need a rental car. When in Lagos, you might not need it. But to see the Costa Vicentina, you definitely have to hire a rental car. You can walk or take a bike. But that’s just something for the crazy people.

Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Places to see at the Costa Vicentina

Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Vila do Bispo

You won’t find huge cities here. Just small villages like Vila do Bispo. A little small place which is actually known for its surrounding beaches. As the village wasn’t really pretty, there’s no need for a picture.

Fortaleza de Sagres, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Fortaleza de Sagres

The Fortaleza de Sagres is located 10km south western of Vila do Bispo. We haven’t been to the town of Sagres as it’s said to be not spectacular.

Fortaleza de Sagres, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Fortaleza de Sagres, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

But the Fortaleza was truly impressive. In the 14th and 15th century it was of high importance.

Fortaleza de Sagres, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Around Sagres, you’ll find some amazing wild and beautiful beaches. Like the Praia do Tonel.

Fortaleza de Sagres, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Praia do Tonel

Cabo de São Vicente, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Highlight of the Costa Vicentina – Cabo de São Vicente

When coming here, bring warm clothes with you. No matter how warm it feels. The wind is really strong here.

Cabo de São Vicente, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Falling down is definitely not a good idea here. It’s a long way down and even if you survive it, climbing back would be very exhausting.

Cabo de São Vicente, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Cabo de São Vicente, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

The most southwestern point of Europe is not only dangerous, but also really beautiful. The waves smash against the cliffs and the sunset colours them even more beautiful. The cherry on top is the 22m high lighthouse built in 1846. It’s said to have Europe’s stronges light system.

Cabo de São Vicente, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

The end of the world has the name of a Saint. As we explored this place in good weather, we assume it needs the protection of its patron in case of bad weather.

Cabo de São Vicente, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

According to the legend the corpse of Saint Vincent was washed up in a boat here. But officially the Holy Patron died four centuries before that was said to happen. But still he’s the patron of all fishermen.

Cabo de São Vicente, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

Portugal is one of Europe’s most beautiful countries. We’re looking forward to be there again for our wedding next year.

Cabo de São Vicente, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal

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