Aljezur

High up in the northwest corner of the Algarve, you’ll find Aljezur. Enjoy the Algarve spends a day in the green valley town and its surroundings and finds out what there is to do and see. Don’t miss these six things when visiting!

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine January 2016

Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez

 

Buy some sweet potatoes

The Mercado Municipal de Aljezur (open 8-14h, Monday to Friday) is tiny. Regional produce is proudly displayed on one side of the hall, fresh fish and barnacles on the other. You’ll find typical Aljezur cookies and the region’s speciality, sweet potatoes, alongside fruit, vegetables and compotes.

 

Explore the old town

Aljezur’s old town centre basically consists of one steep road leading up to the castle ruins. It’s pretty, but not that special, apart from the Igreja da Misericórdia (the church, pictured) which makes for an imposing view. The area near the river, the Ribeira de Aljezur, is also nice to have a look around, especially at the small square. Those interested in history and archaeology shouldn’t miss the town’s municipal museum.

 

Enjoy the views

It’s a steep walk up to the castle ruins, but worth it for the views. See Aljezur new town on one side and lush green valleys all the way to the sea on the other. Entry is free and dogs are allowed as long as they’re on a lead. Great spot to pretend you’re King/Queen of the Castle (although there isn’t really a castle anymore; the leftover archaeological structures from the Muslim period are a bunch of ruins).

 

Go for a coastal walk

This is why people visit the wild, wild west of the Algarve: the Costa Vicentina National Park with its various nature trails. Especially worth a view (and a sunset stroll) are the beaches; Praia da Arrifana and Monte Clérigo which are only a 10 minute drive from Aljezur, and Praia do Armado and Bordeira which are located a bit more south, close to Carrapateira.

 

Catch some waves

The Algarve’s west coast is surfers’ paradise. Any of the beaches named above are good to go for a surf; Armado is usually more suitable for beginners and Arrifana more for expert surfers, but naturally all depends on the wind and wave conditions. Read more about surfing in the Algarve in our surf issue.

Picture by Projecto Elementar shows João Serafim surfing at Arrifana

 

Camp on the beach

Wild camping is forbidden at most beaches in the area. Especially at Praia do Armado, which is, by the way, perfect for staying overnight. You do run the risk of getting a fine, but there’s something magical about camping in your van next to the sea and seeing all the stars at night, undisturbed by light pollution.

 

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine January 2016

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