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Another weekend at Costa Vicentina

In summertime I always go to Costa Vicentina to spend a weekend or more. So I and my friends head South to Aljezur, a village located at the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park.

We rented a house for the weekend, facing the countryside in those narrow and sloped streets of the villa.

We started the Saturday having breakfast outside, feeling the warmth of the sun and discussing the itinerary for the day. I was the one that knows better the region and the beaches, so I gave my suggestions and I think I can say that everybody had a great time.

First stop of the day: Amado beach. A beach known for surfers, so if someone wants to try surf, just take a look at surf schools that are nearby.

While some of my friends took a nap, I walked a bit till the other end of the beach. It was low tide, so you can walk (or climb) the rocks, relax in small pools (however the water can be cold) or watch some people trying to catch mussels or something else that might find on the rocks.

It’s time to head for lunch (after a lot of cookies eaten…and some fruit) but first a stop to have a look at the beach of Bordeira.

Being at the coast side, it’s mandatory to have fish or seafood for lunch. So we went to Arrifana, to a restaurant where I always go, called Oceano and we ate a lot of seafood. We asked for percebes (barnacle) which many people don’t like because it really has the taste of sea and also because they are a bit expensive, due to the difficulties in catching it, it is quite dangerous for the fishermen. We also order clams (which comes with a delicious sauce) and a type of big crab. Of course with all these we had to eat three baskets of bread (we were 4), two of which were toasted with butter and the bread has to be well dipped into the sauce. But well, all this wasn’t enough, so we had a very good seafood rice and of course to drink, two bottles of a great Portuguese green wine, Muralhas de Monção.

Next to the restaurant, you can appreciate an awesome view over the beach…and then we rolled down to the beach, found a good spot and it was time for a nap for everyone.

Beach, eat and beach again can be quite exhausting, so no crazy night for us.

Sunday, we went to a beach nearby our house, called Amoreira. There are two choices of beach here, you can go till the end of the road and stay at the ocean side, watching surfers getting ready for the waves; or stop at the small park before and stay at the river beach. Keep in mind that when is low tide, it’s quite easy to cross the river with your stuff, when is high tide, it can be complicated, so make a wise choice of the spot for the towel.

After a morning at the beach, we head to Odeceixe to have lunch and head to the beach. I wrote last year about this one, you can check that post.

Unfortunately good moments run fast and this great weekend with great company has ended. See you next time.

 

The house in Aljezur

The house in Aljezur

Having breakfast outside

Having breakfast outside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amado Beach

Amado Beach

Amado Beach

Amado Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amado Beach

Amado Beach

Amado Beach

Amado Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bordeira Beach

Bordeira Beach

 

Sapateira (big crab), clams and percebes (barnacle)

Sapateira (big crab), clams and percebes (barnacle)

Clams and Percebes (Barnacle)

Clams and Percebes (Barnacle)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrifana Beach

Arrifana Beach

Arrifana Beach

Arrifana Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrifana Beach

Arrifana Beach

 

Amoreira Beach

Amoreira Beach

Amoreira Beach

Amoreira Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amoreira Beach

Amoreira Beach

Amoreira Beach

Amoreira Beach

Amoreira Beach

Amoreira Beach

 

Lingueirão

Lingueirão

Odeceixe Beach

Odeceixe Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the house

At the house

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3 comments on “Another weekend at Costa Vicentina

  1. saltofportugal
    August 30, 2015

    Very evocative photos of the Algarve!

  2. ritaisabelalves
    August 30, 2015

    Tks.

  3. sónia
    August 31, 2015

    What a great weekend. 😉

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