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O Sargo

Directly across the beach, with glass walls buffering the wind and sand, O Sargo is a great place to slake your postsurf thirst, with cold-pressed juices, craft beers, ciders, local wines, and white and red...

Vegetarian in Aljezur

Mó Veggie Bistro

A former wheat mill now houses this brilliant split-level bistro with raw timbers, comfy sofas and suspended lighting. All dishes are vegetarian and many are vegan. Menu highlights include Vietnamese spring...

Seafood in Aljezur

O Paulo

Adjacent to the ruined fortress of Arrifana, O Paulo has a romantic covered terrace with majestic clifftop views as far as Cabo de São Vicente. The vistas are hard to live up to, but it does, with tanks of live...

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...

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...

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...

Mediterranean in Aljezur

Bistrot Gulli

On the main road 4.5km south of Aljezur, what looks like a standard driver's lunch stop surprises with a contemporary interior, covered terrace and a garden that provides fresh herbs for salads, steaming pizzas,...

Portuguese in Aljezur

Pont'a Pé

With gleaming timber floors, raked beamed ceilings and an umbrella-shaded outdoor terrace, this down-to-earth place by the bridge serves daily seafood specials such as octopus with local sweet potato, grilled...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Portuguese in Aljezur

Restaurante-Bar A Lareira

Unpretentious and family run, this restaurant in the residential New Church area, with guestrooms above, is a reliable spot for Portuguese meat and seafood dishes (pork steaks, piri-piri chicken, grilled fish)...

Market in Aljezur

Mercado Municipal

Located near the bridge, the small covered market is a good place to buy fresh fruit and veggies, cured meats and locally caught seafood.