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Alentejo Beach Holiday, Vacation on Alentejo Beaches in Portugal

Information about de beaches on the Alentejo coast of Portugal and for your holiday or vacation.

Beaches

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Arreias Brancas
Banho
Bica Vermelho
Buizinhos
Burrinho
Cerca Nova
Espingadeira
Fonte do Cortiço
Foz
Galé
Gavoita
Ilha do Pessegueiro
North
Oliveirinha
Pequena
Salto (naturism)
Sancha
São Torpes (South)
Serro de Águia
Sesmarias
 
Vasco da Gama
Vieirinha / Vale de Figueiros
 

Family beaches: bathing pleasures with quality and safety:
The main beaches of Sines have permanent surveillance during the bathing season, are equipped with the appropriate beach resources and have an excellent sanitary quality. The Beaches of Morgavel, Vale Figueiros, Grande of Porto Covo, Ilha do Pessegueiro and S. Torpes, which, in the last few years, were rewarded with the Blue Flag of Europe, are excellent due to their natural characteristics, and due to the possibility of receiving the whole population, from the children to the elders.

Small beaches of Porto Covo: choose yours:
There are no beaches as the beaches of Porto Covo, one of the most beautiful villages of the country, and, for certain, one of the most beautiful coasts. Praia Grande and the Beach of Pessegueiro Island are the widest and the most accessible, but the whole parish's coast is full of small beaches with fine sand and clear waters, separated by large rocks, that look like they were made to create a feeling of intimacy and exclusivity. The beaches are for everyone, but we feel like saying: choose yours! Vieirinha, Oliveirinha, Foz, Burrinho, Samouqueira (the magnificent Samouqueira…), Pequena, Espingardeiro, Búzios, are some of the names of these treasures as small as they are precious.

All these beaches have good sanitary conditions, but some of them have a difficult access and have no permanent surveillance.

Naturist beaches:
One of the small beaches of Porto Covo is Praia do Salto (Beach of Salto). Located between Cerro da Águia and Cerca Nova, with a private and peaceful environment, it is part, since 2002, of the restricted group of naturist beaches officially recognised in Portugal.

Historic beaches:
The beaches of Sines do not offer only sun and sea. They also offer history and soul.
Praia Vasco da Gama (Vasco da Gama Beach): Integrated in the urban tissue of the city of Sines and testimony of the main events of its history – from the pirates attacks to the embarkation of D. Miguel to England -, it is part of the face of Sines and of the heart of its people. Adjoining the Fishing Harbour, it remains charming and deserves to be visited, both in the summer and in the winter. Its marginal avenue is much used for walks and jogging.

Praia de São Torpes (São Torpes Beach):
The most crowded beach of the district is associated with the legend of São Torpes, whose martyrised body was supposed to rest on its sands in the first century of the Christian era. The raft of São Torpes, a curiosity of the Portuguese naval archaeology, is still used in fishing, but not very often.

Praia da Ilha do Pessegueiro (Beach of Pessegueiro – "Peach-Tree" – Island):
The channel of Pessegueiro Island was used as a harbour of refuge by the Carthaginians and the Romans in the difficult climb of the coast of Alentejo. In the Island, there are traces, laid open, of a Roman fish salting factory (it is from the word fish, "piscis", that comes the name of the island, and not from the fruit-tree). In the 18th century, there were plans to use the Island as a large seaport (the blocks that confirm the beginning of the building works are still visible).

Evading beaches: Northern Coast:
The cape of Sines divides the coast of Alentejo in the middle. In the south there are small beaches cut by rocks. In the north there are kilometres and kilometres of continuous sands, until the peninsula of Tróia. It is another way of being and living the beach. It is the domain of the large spaces, of the vigorous sea. The rich fishing banks in the underwater caves attract divers and underwater fishermen.

Lagoa de Santo André Beach

Situated in the Santiago do Cacém charming department, the Santo André Lagoon is one of those places blessed by nature.

The pond is quite extensive, surrounded by golden dunes and a diversified avifauna, making of this a very pleasant place, filled with peace of mind and beauty.

Along with the Sancha Lagoon, the Natural Reserves of the Santo André and Sancha Lagoons was created in order to preserve and protect this important natural areas that house interesting and unique habitats of great natural value, providing superb landscapes.

Lagoa de Santo Andre Beach

Aberta Nova Beach

The Aberta Nova Beach is nature at its purest. Indeed, the large expanse of this beach has survived broadly untouched by human activity even while there is a lifeguard and a café.

Considered one of the best beaches in the region, the Aberta Nova Beach gives way to dunes and a pine forest, the original natural habitat of this region. 

Aberta Nova Beach

Samouqueira Beach – Porto Côvo

Samouqueira Beach is one in a series of sandy stretches to be found among the rocks, difficult to reach but of great natural beauty, including the Vieirinha, Oliveirinha, Foz and Burrinho beaches.

Surrounded by cliffs, but easier to access courtesy of the stairs carved into the rock, Samouqueira Beach features a series of impressive caves which can be wandered at low tide and otherwise provide highly interesting diving conditions.

Samouqueira Beach

Praia de São Torpes Norte

PRAIA DE SÃO TORPES NORTE is situated in a natural environment.
 
The natural beach environment mainly consists of dunes but isn’t particularly pretty.
 
The sand is very fine and white. The beach is very clean. The seawater is a beautiful shade of light blue and is crystal clear. The water is clean.
 
PRAIA DE S. TORPES NORTE is quite short and rather narrow. The beach is quite flat. There are places to eat and drink within a stone’s throw of the beach.
 
The beach is easily accessible. There is good parking near the beach.

Sao Torpes Beach

Morgavél Beach

PRAIA MORGAVÉL is situated in a natural environment.
 
The natural beach environment mainly consists of dunes. The sand is very fine and has a bright, white colour. The beach is very clean.
 
The seawater is a beautiful shade of light blue and is crystal clear. The water is very clean. PRAIA MORGAVÉL is quite short but it is reasonably wide. The beach is quite flat.
 
There are places to eat and drink within a stone’s throw of the beach. The beach is easily accessible on foot.
 
There is good parking near the beach.

Praia Morgavel

Melides Beach

PRAIA DE MELIDES is situated in a natural environment.
 
The natural beach environment mainly consists of dunes .
 
The sand is very fine and white. The beach is very clean. The seawater is a beautiful shade of light blue and is crystal clear. The water is very clean.
 
PRAIA DE MELIDES is a continuous beach which is also quite wide. The beach is quite flat. There are places to eat and drink within a stone’s throw of the beach.
 
The beach is easily accessible. There is good parking near the beach.
 

Praia de Melides

Praia Grande at Porto Côvo

PRAIA GRANDE DE PORTO COVO is situated in a natural environment.
 
The natural beach environment consists of rocks and cliff faces and is well worth exploring. The sand is very fine and has a bright, white colour. The beach is very clean.
 
The seawater is a beautiful shade of light blue and is crystal clear. The water is very clean. PRAIA GRANDE DE PORTO COVO is quite short but it is reasonably wide.
 
The beach slopes rather steeply. There is limited food and drink available for purchase on the beach. The beach can only be reached by climbing a trail / by walking downhill.
 
However, parking is available near the beach.
 

Praia Grande Porto Covo

Monte Velho Beach

Near Giz, Santo André
 
PRAIA MONTE VELHO is situated in a natural environment.
 
The natural beach environment mainly consists of dunes. The sand is very fine and white. The beach is fairly clean.
 
The seawater is a beautiful shade of light blue and is crystal clear. The water is very clean.
 
PRAIA MONTE VELHO is a continuous beach which is also quite wide. The beach slopes somewhat.
 
The beach is easily accessible on foot. There is limited parking near the beach.
 
Monte Velho Beach