Aljezur attractions

Museum in Aljezur

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 g…
Beach in Aljezur

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 acr…
Beach in Aljezur

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 re…
Beach in Aljezur

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…
Museum in Aljezur

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 Mon…
Fortress in Aljezur

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 19…
Castle in Aljezur

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 surviv…
Museum in Aljezur

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…
Museum in Aljezur

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.…