Breathing space from the modern world
Aljezur is about 30 kilometres north of Lagos and is situated in a valley, built on either side of the river that runs through it. The old town is on one side, the new on the other.
Aljezur and the villages and countryside in this corner of the Algarve are quite different from their central and eastern neighbours – there is no hustle and bustle, not even a hint of rushing or dashing around. You can still see farmers ploughing their land with oxen and a hand plough as they have done for centuries. If you are looking for somewhere that gives you breathing space from the modern world, then take a walk along the cliffs or a stroll on one of the beaches and you may not see anyone unless it’s a wet-suited surfer or someone fishing from the rocks.
The nearest beach to Aljezur is Praia de Monte Clérigo, it is around a 10km drive through the countryside and as you approach the ocean there are spectacular views of the Atlantic coast to enjoy. There are lots of other near deserted beaches within a short drive as well as lots of villages to explore.
Aljezur is ideal for relaxing in the countryside, taking a walk, a bike ride, horse riding, or just sitting at a café with a good book.