It is popular among Portuguese families and still little known abroad. This is partly due to its location: halfway between Lisbon and Faro airports. The Alentejo coast has a hot summer, mild spring and autumn.
The waters of the River Mira are some of the cleanest, and calmest in Portugal – ideal for kayaking or Standup paddleboarding (SUP). Nearby, the town has fantastic surfing beaches – beware of strong currents and hidden rocks.
It’s a great place to explore the Costa Vicentina; it’s right at its heart. It is recommended to have a car.
- Coordinates: 37.719009, -8.790664
Facing the sea, the shimmering Farol Beach is surrounded on one side by the calm waters of the River Mira. It offers glorious views of the river mouth, perfect for watching the sunset across the Atlantic.
It is a vast sandy beach where the waves sometimes crash against rocky outcrops – children should only swim with adult supervision. Don’t forget the sun cream.
Choupana invites you to a good meal enjoying the magnificent views, located near the beach and the Milfontes lighthouse viewpoint, with several good dishes.
- Coordinates: 37.722898, -8.785383
For those who wish for a good afternoon’s rest, Franquia Beach is a dream come true: near the village on the river bank and protected from the temperamental Atlantic. On the outskirts, you’ll find a café.
It is perfect for canoeing, and you can also rent Stand-Up Paddle boards at SUPAlentejo – right by the beach.
St Clement’s Fort
- Coordinates: 37.722658, -8.782963
Faithfully at its side is the resistant Fort of St Clement (17th century) which commanded respect from pirates and corsairs and dominated the landscape.
Milfontes, as a Portuguese territory, was entrusted to the Order of Santiago and beset by pirates from the north-western region of Africa (now Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) – known as the Barbary Coast.
As well as seizing merchant ships, they attacked coastal towns (Italy, France, Spain and Portugal). One of the objectives was enslaving people for the Ottoman and Arab markets. So, they were much feared.