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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1. Ruinas da Fortaleza de Arrifana

0.46 MILES

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…

2. Praia de Vale Figueira

3.28 MILES

One of the more remote west-coast beaches, this wide, magnificent stretch of sand has an ethereal beauty, backed by stratified cliffs hazy in the ocean…

3. Praia do Monte Clérigo

3.31 MILES

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…

4. Castelo

3.68 MILES

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…

5. Casa Museu Pintor José Cercas

3.77 MILES

This quaint house belonged to Portuguese painter José Cercas (1914–92) who left his home and belongings – a collection of furniture, artworks and personal…

6. Museu Antoniano

3.79 MILES

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,…

7. Museu de Arte Sacra

3.81 MILES

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…

8. Museu Municipal

3.84 MILES

This small but likeable museum has three rooms. Downstairs is an archaeological collection displaying everything from Stone Age axes to a 16th-century…