Top ChoicePortuguese in Vila Nova De Milfontes

Tasca do Celso

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

Portuguese in Vila Nova De Milfontes

A Portuguesa

This sunny, handsomely designed cafe is a showcase for high-quality Portuguese produce. You can stop in for light meals (creative salads, sandwiches, cheese and charcuterie boards) or desserts, coffee and wines...

Cafe in Vila Nova De Milfontes

18 e Piques

Everyone's favourite lunch spot, 18 e Piques whips up delicious toasted sandwiches on fabulous freshly baked bread – combos range from goat's cheese, walnuts and honey to smoked salmon, rocket and homemade...

Bakery in Vila Nova De Milfontes

Padaria de Dona Ercília

Bread lovers and those who appreciate traditional culinary practices shouldn’t miss this simple padaria (bakery) in the tiny village of Venda Fria, 4.5km from Vila Nova de Milfontes. Dona Ercília Joaquina has...

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...

Bar in Vila Nova De Milfontes

Riverside Pub

Above Praia da Franquia, about a 10-minute (700m) walk west of the centre, the wood-panelled Riverside Pub is good any time for drinks and a meal. The raised deck offers fine views over the water, and the burgers...

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...

Beach in Vila Nova De Milfontes

Praia das Furnas

On the left bank of the Rio Mira, Praia das Furnas is a long stretch of fine sand backed by small rocky cliffs. The sandbars in the area make for some relaxing frolicking in the waves – a good option for...

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, and the seafood is first rate. It’s 2.5km...

Bar in Vila Nova De Milfontes

Manjedoura & Lua Cheia

One of Vila Nova’s best spots for a night out, this place has fun parties (including the odd costume event), with DJs spinning wide-ranging sounds. There's also a pool table and a small garden, where you can take...

Beach in Vila Nova De Milfontes

Praia da Franquia

The main beach in Vila Nova de Milfontes is where the sea meats the Rio Mira. Sectioned-off areas allow for safe swimming, though you'll still need to be mindful of strong currents. You can also hire kayaks and...

Bar in Vila Nova De Milfontes

Bar Azul

Always lively, whatever the time of year, even if the rest of the town is dead. This is a jovial bar with a pool table, outdoor seating in front and lots of papier-mâché sharks, octopuses and squid hanging from...

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. This buzzing bakery and dessert spot also offers massive croissants and other snacks.

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.

Beach in Vila Nova De Milfontes

Praia do Farol

The 'Lighthouse Beach' just west of 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.