Beach Guide to Vila Nova de Milfontes
One of the main reasons for choosing Vila Nova de Milfontes as holiday destination is the quality of the regions beaches. Surrounding Vila Nova de Milfontes are some of the best beaches in Portugal backed by stunning scenery and blessed with perfectly clean waters. Few foreign tourists know of the hidden treasures of the region and instead head south to the Algarve. There are varied beaches close to the town ranging from wild and rugged surfing beaches through to family safe beaches with great amenities.
The coastal landscape is dominated by the Atlantic Ocean which has created dramatic scenery, with high rugged cliffs and wide expanses of sand. As the beaches all open out into the Atlantic Ocean expect the sea temperatures to be surprisingly cold. If your perfect holiday involves spending time at a beach, you will truly be in heaven while staying at Vila Nova de Milfontes. This guide will detail the best beaches of the region and lead to further information.
Farol Beach - Closest Beach to the Old Town
The Farol Beach is only a five minute walk from the centre of the old town and its central location makes it a popular choice for both locals and tourists. To see an image of the estuary beach of Vila Nova click here. The beach is over looked by the town and there is a popular beach bar on the edge of the beach.
The waters are clean and very calm with the head land preventing the Atlantic rollers from crashing in, but the tidal currents which can be very strong in both directions. There is ample car parking, access is down a short flight of steps and the beach is dog free. Due to the close proximity of the town the beach can get very crowded with Portuguese during the height of summer. There are much better beaches in the area but this is by far the most accessible beach in Vila Nova de Milfontes.
Praia do Malhao Beach - Best Beach of the Area
This is the best best in the vicinity of Vila Nova. The beach is as remote and isolated as it can get with absolutely no development. The beaches is great for surfing, body boarding and hiking through the national park of Parque Natural do Sudoeste. To reach a car or bike is required but what you are treated is worth the 8km trip, to read more including directions click here. This beach is for surfers and visitors who wish to escape the masses.
Zambujeira do Mar Beach - Pretty Beach for Day Trip
This small beach town has fantastic golden sands backing onto huge black basalt cliffs. The huge waves making it perfect for body boarding and surfing, for the less adventures there are excellent restaurants. The beach is a 30 minute drive south from Vila Nova on the road to Omadha.
The town has good facilities with beach restaurants and cafes on the cliff top. The sea waters are generally clean but numbingly cold. The waves are huge and immensely powerful just perfect for surfing but not so for little ones as there is no life guard on duty.