Situated in one of Europe’s most beautiful nature parks, Aljezur has everything for either a ‘laid back’ or an active holiday.

Aljezur River

Aljezur River in the village of Aljezur. Photo by Concierge.2C

While undoubtedly of the major attractions for visitors to Aljezur is the surfing there are plenty of other reasons to come to this little corner of the world as well. Outdoor activities in general abound, such as rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding.

Aljezur is close to some fantastic beaches, edged by black rocks that reach into the white-tipped, bracing see – surfing hotspots. The praia da Arrifana is perfect for enjoying a relaxed time dipping in the sea and sunbathing, while exploring the more than half a kilometer of sandy shoreline. On the north west side of the bay there is the small fishing village of Arrifana and its small fishing harbour. The beach is inside the Vicentine Coast Natural Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Praia da Amoreira is a natural and as yet unspoilt sandy beach about 7 km from the town of Aljezur. It’s popular with surfers, fishermen and those who just want to escape from the rat race of mass tourism and concrete highrise.

Praia da Arifana, Aljezur

Praia da Arifana, Aljezur. Photo by Filipe Rocha

For the more historically minded, Aljezur has sites for you to visit as well. The town’s famous castle, built in the 10th century and a remnant from the Moorish rule of the area, sits atop the town’s west side and is accessible from a winding road that’s part of the Rota Vicentina. From there you can take in a spectacular view of the town below and the surrounding area, including Monchique—a mountainous area just east of Aljezur famous for its spas that can easily be visited on a day trip.

Castle of Aljezur

Castle of Aljezur on the hilltop overlooking the village of town of Aljezur. Photo by Concierge.2C

While it remains relatively sleepy in the winter months, in spring, summer and autumn Aljezur is flooded with visitors—particularly in July, August and September, as well as Easter time in early spring.