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Top Choice Portuguese in Vila Nova De Milfontes

Tasca do Celso

The choice. Locals and travellers from far and wide rave about the excellent cuisine produced within the kitchen of this charming, ‘upmarket rustic’ blue-and-white building. You’re safe trying anything here, though …
Bakery in Vila Nova De Milfontes

Padaria in Venda Fria

Bread lovers and those who appreciate traditional culinary practices shouldn’t go past this very simple padaria (bakery) in the tiny village of Venda Fria, 4.5km from Vila Nova de Milfontes. Dona Ercilia Joaquina ha…
Tapas in Vila Nova De Milfontes


With its tall ceilings and colonial-like ambience, Ritual is one of the most atmospheric settings for a meal in town. The eclectic tapas menu features creative combinations like sun-dried tomato hummus, garlic and g…
Beach in Vila Nova De Milfontes

Praia do Malhão

If you have your own transport, head 7km north of town to the fantastic Praia do Malhão, backed by rocky dunes and covered in fragrant scrub. The sea can be quite wild here, but the rugged coast is strikingly empty …
International in Vila Nova De Milfontes

Conversas com Sal

There’s a hip vibe to this laid-back spot that feels more southern California than coastal Alentejo. It has surfboards on the wall, table football, retro sofas and guitars, though the waterfront views from the terra…
Portuguese in Vila Nova De Milfontes

Porto das Barcas

With a wonderful outlook over the water and cliffs, this is a great place to kick back for a seafood lunch. Its light and airy ambience in a dreamy location are winners whatever your impression of the cuisine (which…
Cafe in Vila Nova De Milfontes


Famed for its ice cream, Mabi is one of the icons of town, and it serves up creamy rich decadence to an often packed house (go early to beat the lines). This buzzing bakery and dessert spot also offers massive crois…
Club in Vila Nova De Milfontes

New Villa Kaffé

This subterranean party space draws a young dance-minded crowd who come for late night revelry fueled by DJs spinning a wide range of sounds (house, rock, Afro beat). Illuminated pillars and a big disco ball set the…
Beach in Vila Nova De Milfontes

Praia do Farol

Praia do Farol, the lighthouse beach just by the town, is sheltered but gets busy. Beaches on the other side of the estuary are less crowded. Be careful of the strong river currents running through the estuary.
Seafood in Vila Nova De Milfontes

Restaurante A Fateixa

A Fateixa delivers good grills and seafood dishes – try the tamboril (monkfish) rice for two – and it has breezy outdoor tables. It’s excellent value given its perfect setting down by the river.