Vila Nova de Milfontes is a town located by the ocean, in Alentejo, at the mouth of the Mira River. The Alentejo region of Portugal is a hot land of gentle landscapes, undulating wheat fields, vast olive plantations and evergreen cork oaks and vineyards.
The Alentejo coastal strip is almost as long as in the Algarve, but tourists visit it much less often because the open ocean waters are a bit colder than on the Gulf of Cádiz, and in addition, strong winds blow here. Typical low-rise buildings, whitewashed walls of houses with blue and yellow edging are the hallmarks of the Alentejo region.
Vila Nova de Milfontes is located in the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina nature park. It is very peaceful and pleasant here. When I go on a trip to the west coast I like to make a stop in this town. Find out what to see in Vila Nova de Milfontes, where to eat and where to stay overnight.
What to see in Vila Nova de Milfontes?
The city was founded in 1486 by King John II. It has a strategic place in the Mira River estuary, thanks to which tourists can swim in both: the ocean and the river. There are several attractions here, beautiful views, proximity to nature and an additional plus is the regional cuisine. Attractions:
📍Fortification like a castle from a fairy tale. On the edge of the old town, high above the water, rises the Forte de São Clemente (Fort St. Clement). The fortress was built in 1602 to protect this part of the coast from pirates.
📍Farol means lighthouse. From the castle leads there Avenida Marginal. At the foot of the lighthouse there is a popular beach – Praia do Farol.
📍 The Church of Nossa Senhora da Graça. There is a church in Largo da Igreja square with a nice spire and a gentle gable.
📍The streets of the town – feel the atmosphere of Alentejo. Vila Nova de Milfontes has a charming old town with a maze of streets and colorful houses.
📍Mercado. Go shopping at the city bazaar and you’ll find local products, Alentejo cheeses and sausages, honey, wine, and local gin and rum.
📍 You can rent surfing or SUP equipment by the beach.
📍Praia do Malhão – my beloved beach. The turquoise color of the water always surprises me. Usually quiet and empty. Descend to the beach via wooden steps. There is no bar or toilet here.
📍Praia dos Aivados
📍Praia das Furnas
Where and what to eat in Vila Nova de Milfontes?
The gastronomy of the Alentejo region is full of delicious surprises. When visiting Vila Nova de Milfontes, be sure to try seafood and fresh fish from the coast that dominate the menu. Check out the best restaurants to eat well and try some local food.
Tasca do Celso -beautiful interiors resembling an old tavern. The prices are a bit like from Lisbon, but certainly worth the temptation. It is worth making a reservation in advance.
Tasco do Largo – in the center of the town, simple and tasty, Portuguese cuisine.
18 e Piques – cafe with atmosphere, delicious toasts, lots of vegetarian options.
Where to stay?
In Vila Nova de Milfontes everyone will find a suitable accommodation option, you can choose between private accommodation and hotels. There is also a camping.
Selina Milfontes – hostel is located by the beach and offers various facilities such as a restaurant, bar and shared lounge, 24-hour reception, shared kitchen and free WiFi in all areas. Evening entertainment and a tour desk are provided.
Duna Parque Beach Club – the resort is located 5 minutes walk from the beach. Guests have at their disposal an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, sauna, canteen.
Tres Marias has a quiet rural location in the north of the Alentejo region, just 4 km from the Aivados beache of the Atlantic. Donkeys and an ostrich live on the premises of the facility.
Sol da Vila – rooms in the center of Vila Nova de Milfontes, just 300 meters from the beach. Rooms with TV and free WiFi.
Camping Milfontes – campsite with an outdoor swimming pool. Cottages, teepees, caravans for rent.
Have you already visited the Alentejo coast or Vila Nova de Milfontes? What were your impressions? Have you seen anything interesting? Share your adventures!