Vila Nova de Milfontes Portugal Guide
The powerful Atlantic Ocean has shaped the coast
Vila Nova De Milfontes is a charming town that lies on the western edge of the Alentejo coastline partway between Lisbon and the Algarve. Surrounding Milfontes is a stunning coastline of rugged cliffs and sandy beaches both of which are constantly pounded by the ferocious Atlantic Ocean. The town of Vila Nova Milfontes is situated on the Mira River and this, historically, provided shelter for the town’s fishing fleet.
Today the sleepy Alentejo town is popular with Portuguese tourists who descend on Milfontes during the short summer season. This means that Vila Nova De Milfontes combines a traditional heritage with a good range of tourist facilities (hotels, restaurants and bars) that is based along a stunning coastline. Milfontes is a fantastic alternative to the beach resorts of the Algarve or the Lisbon coastline and best of all it’s completely undiscovered by foreign tourists. Let us here at VilaNovaDeMilfontesPortugal.com show you why you should visit Milfontes and then be your travel guide to this hidden gem of Portugal.
Vila Nova Milfontes Extended Introduction
Igreja de Nossa Senhora Milfontes
Vila Nova De Milfontes is a popular holiday destination with the Portuguese families and young couples but is completely undiscovered by non-Portuguese tourists mainly due to the distance from a major airport. As the resort is designed for the Portuguese there are many reliable and inexpensive coach services connecting to the major towns and accommodation, restaurants and bars in Milfontes are all good value. The final advantage of being aimed at the Portuguese is that their summer holiday season is very short, outside of this beaches are deserted and hotels have plenty of space.
Vila Nova De Milfontes has been developed in a responsible manner, there are no major apartment blocks engulfing the coast, everything still retains the Alentejo small town atmosphere. This lack of development has extended to the regions beaches where as in any other country there would be mass tourism in Milfontes the coastline is wild and rugged. The beaches are ideal for surfing or body boarding due to the massive swells that originate from the Atlantic Ocean and all surfing equipment can be easily hired. Other activities away from the beach include cycling or hiking through the national park that surrounds Milfontes and there are many good coastal walks that start from Vila Nova. For the less energetic, there are cafes and bars to spend the day relaxing. Vila Nova is also an ideal base to explore the westerly region of the Alentejo including the cliff hanging town of Zambujeira do Mar, the regions capital of Odemira or the fortified town of Sines.
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