Must see attractions in Aljezur

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    Museu Municipal

    This small but likeable museum has three rooms. Downstairs is an archaeological collection displaying everything from Stone Age axes to a 16th-century whipping post, while across the hall the Islamic section has a good selection of locally produced ceramics. Upstairs is an ethnographic display with everything from clocks to carts. Information is in Portuguese. An English video explains the area's attractions, which include three nearby museums that you can enter on the same ticket.

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    Praia da Amoreira

    On the northern side of the river mouth, backed by wild dunes, this sweeping beach is 9km northwest of Aljezur. You can also access the beach from the southern end (near Praia do Monte Clérigo) on foot by wading across the river. There are bar-restaurants at the northern and southern ends but no other facilities.

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    Praia da Arrifana

    Embraced by cliffs, this seductive crescent-shaped cove 10km southwest of Aljezur has a small fishing harbour and an offshore pinnacle. It's wildly popular with surfers of all abilities. There's a small beachside restaurant, with more lining the clifftop to the ruined fortress.

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    Praia do Monte Clérigo

    One of the emblematic beaches southwest of Aljezur (8.5km from town), Monte Clérigo is a deep strip of sand with a laid-back surfer vibe. Behind it is a small village with lively bar/restaurants and low-rise holiday rental properties.

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    Museu de Arte Sacra

    Built in the 16th century and damaged in the 1755 earthquake, the modest Igreja da Misericórdia church was reconstructed in the 18th century. Its small religious-art museum houses items donated by a locally born Monsignor. The highlights are the old church bell and a 14th-century crown. Visit the museum first and the guardian will open the church for you. Entry to three other Aljezur museums is included in admission.

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    Ruinas da Fortaleza de Arrifana

    A boardwalk leads through the remaining gate of this 1635-built fortress. Largely wiped out by the tsunami following the 1755 earthquake, the fortress was rebuilt several times before being abandoned in the early 19th century. Aside from the gate and crumbling walls, very little remains today, but the clifftop views are magnificent – a coin-operated telescope provides close-ups.

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    Castelo

    On the site of an Iron Age fort, the polygonal castle was built by the Moors in the 10th century, conquered by the Christians in 1249, then abandoned in the late 15th century. The walls and a couple of towers survive, as well as a cistern. Sweeping views of the surrounding area extend from the rock in its centre and ramparts.

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    Casa Museu Pintor José Cercas

    This quaint house belonged to Portuguese painter José Cercas (1914–92) who left his home and belongings – a collection of furniture, artworks and personal objects – to the town. Ask at the Museu Municipal for entry. Admission includes entry to three other Aljezur museums.

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    Museu Antoniano

    Housed in a former chapel built in the 17th century (which was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake), this museum devoted to St Anthony displays paintings, books, coins and icons. The same ticket provides entry to three other Aljezur museums. Ask at the Museu Municipal for entry.