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Summer 2016, discover the quietest beaches in Portugal

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Summer is approaching and it is impossible not to think about what we will do, where we will go, if we want the mountains, the sea or the city as our vacation destination. Spain is very close to Portugal, so Portuguese beaches are always a great temptation.

Portugal has many beautiful beaches and some are very popular, but these are not the only ones. If you want to escape the people, high prices and crowds and just looking for a place by the sea to relax body and mind, this is it some of the quietest and most beautiful beaches in Portugal. Go discover them this summer 2016.

Beaches in Portugal

It is true that one of the most beautiful coastal destinations in Portugal is the Algarve. It concentrates the largest number of popular beaches but there is always room for little-visited, more remote coastal towns with more common fares for our pockets of eternal economic crisis. And the best part is that there are not so many people hanging around, making noise, disturbing your well-deserved summer tranquility.

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This destination is located north of another beach that we are going to recommend, Sagres. It rests on the west coast of the Algarve. ANDIt’s a beach on the Atlantic which belongs to the small town of Carrapateira, on the slope of a hill, just one kilometer from the coast

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Although it is small, it receives visitors and offers small guesthouses and private rooms that their owners rent out. The town actually has two beaches, both with precious fine sand and good conditions for surfing. Indeed, in one of them a surf school operates so many come specifically to train or learn. And if you like history, you can always take a trip to the old fort built to protect against pirates in the 17th century.

Sagres

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It is one of the most well-known destinations among these tranquil destinations that we are reviewing today. It is a municipality of Vila do Bispo whose name comes from Sacred It seems that before Christianity, different civilizations worshiped their gods here. Already in the closest history, Sagres is closely linked to the maritime voyages of Portugal and was even attacked by the infamous Englishman Francis Drake.

Sagres

But today we have to talk not about its history but about its beaches. You can discover its history if you decide to visit the coastal town. It has four beaches brilliant which more than makes up for how inconspicuous the city can be at first sight. It’s a great destination for families who want to go on vacation with little money, surfers or backpackers. The beaches are Praia de Belixe, at the foot of the cliffs and with great views, Praia do Martinhal which is ten points away for windsurfing, Praia do Tonel for surfing. and finally, Praia de Mareta is the best if you don’t want to be a very active tourist and just lay in the sun and take a dip once in a while.

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Vila Nova de Milfontes

Vila Nova de Milfontes

It is a city founded at the end of the 15th century and its first inhabitants were convicts who had to suffer several pirate attacks until the construction of a fortress somewhat stopped the criminal raids. It rests on the Atlantic coast, on the west coast of Alentejo, halfway between Lisbon and Algarveand has a beautiful and wide estuary that belongs to the Mira River.

Around it there are many beaches and some, the closest, are good tourist alternatives. They are not so popular with foreign tourism so there are more places. Furnas, Aivados, Ribeira da Azanha, Praia da Franquia and Malhao are the best. The beaches near the estuary These are calmer and warmer waters and that is why they are more familiar destinations. The coast is beautiful because it belongs to the Costa Vincentina de Aletejano National Park, so there can never be large resorts. That’s good!

Vila Nova

Alentejo is a quiet city, very Portuguese in summer, with few foreign tourists, and Vila Nova de Milfontes is designed for them so that no one kills you with the prices. Its tourist season is divided into two partsthere are the Portuguese summer holidays (from the end of July to the end of August), short but intense holidays where there are many people everywhere, and the low season when the Portuguese work.

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Outside of Portugal vacation Vila Nova de Milfontes is a laid-back destination, calm. Keep in mind the first thing to make reservations on time, yes. The best weather starts in mid-May and lasts until the end of September. Spring is a bit chilly and so is fall, but if you don’t want to stay on the beach and explore the area, these are good seasons to do so: bike rides, walks, walks along the cliffs. The sea is always cold, yes, after all it is the Atlantic.

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What do we recommend seeing in Vila Nova de Milfontes? The Fort Sao Clemente which guards the entrance to the estuary of Mira de piratas, today transformed into a hotel, the lighthouse on the cliffat the mouth of the same estuary, you can join it with the port in a pleasant coastal walk, the Church of Our Lady of Grace, from the 16th century well restored in 1959 and of course all the beaches. And don’t forget to try the local gastronomy!

tavira

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Although it is not a coastal city on the sea but rather on the coast of a river, the Gilao River, it is a special place because you take a ferry just 10 minutes away and you are in the beautiful Ilha de Tavira, a destination with 14 kilometers of beaches.

Tavira has an ancient history, dating back to the Bronze Age and the Phoenicians, Romans and Moors passed through. It is a very attractive town, with hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes, a very popular arched bridge and several historic buildings. What It is barely 20 kilometers from the border with Spain it is advantageous. For the beaches, you have to cross to the island but the ferries are very frequent.

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You already know it then, if you are thinking of Portugal this summer vacation you can opt for less known, less popular, less expensive destinations.

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