amongst the hills of the Costa Vicentina National Park, Aljezur is one of the most
peaceful regions of the Algarve.
most important landmark in Aljezur is its castle, which dominates the old town
centre, offering sweeping views of the countryside and the ocean. The
castle was built during the 10th century and was occupied by the Moors until
the Christian reconquest in the 13th century.
Down the hill, there is the Igreja da Misericórdia, a 16th-century church that was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. Attached to the church there is a small Sacred Art Museum which showcases a great collection of religious art.
interesting sites in the old town of Aljezur include the Museu Municipal which
features archaeological items discovered in the region and the Casa Museu
Pintor José Cercas, the former house of the local painter José Cercas where you
can admire some of his work.
the other side of the river, you will find the new town, which was created to
relocate the population after the old town was affected by an outbreak of
malaria in the 18th century. This
modern area has its own church, Igreja Nossa Senhora da Alva, which is also
known as Igreja Nova (New Church). Around
the church, there are several shops and cafés where you can sit down and enjoy
the quiet atmosphere of the town.
Aljezur boasts a stunning 40 km coastline marked by some of the best beaches in Europe.
most popular beaches in Aljezur are Praia da Arrifana, Praia do Monte Clérigo
and Praia da Amoreira. For
the more adventurous, Aljezur offers nature treks and mountain biking tours
around the hills, giving you the opportunity to see foxes and badgers in their
cuisine of Aljezur is mostly based around fish and seafood, but the town is
also the largest producer of sweet potatoes in Portugal, so it’s common to see
this ingredient in soups, stews and even pastries, especially during the Sweet
Potato Festival which takes place between October and November.
are many other important events in Aljezur throughout the year, including the
Festival in honour of Nossa Senhora da Alva on the 1st weekend of September and
the Aljezur Fair on the last Sunday of September. In August there is the Banho
29, a municipal holiday where locals go for a dip in the sea as part of the