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Algarve’s Hidden Gems

by Travelive Team

Nestled along the southern coast of Portugal, Algarve captivates visitors with its breathtaking natural beauty. Golden sandy beaches stretch along the coastline, framed by dramatic cliffs and turquoise waters that entice sunseekers and water enthusiasts alike. Quaint fishing villages dotted along the shore showcase charming architecture and a laid-back coastal ambiance. Algarve’s diverse landscapes, from lush vineyards to picturesque olive groves, create a mesmerizing backdrop for exploration, making it a haven for those seeking both relaxation and adventure in one of Europe’s most stunning regions.

Three of the least discovered parts of the Algarve that have a lot to offer to travelers are Sagres, Aljezur, and Aldeia da Pedralva. Sagres is renowned for its dramatic coastline and the stunning Ponta de Sagres, a dramatic headland that provides panoramic views of the sea. The iconic Sagres Fortress, perched on the edge of the cliffs, not only offers a glimpse into Portugal’s maritime history but also serves as an ideal vantage point for watching one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world (according to National Geographic).  While in Sagres, tasting the local cuisine is a must – it will not be pretentious and it will be straight from the heart and grandma’s kitchen – from grilled sardines to octopus salads, always paired with a glass of Vinho Verde, a crisp and refreshing Portuguese white wine.

Aljezur is in the very heart of the Algarve region, and just like Sangres it will welcome you with rugged cliffs and stunning sunsets, but it will also offer miles of unspoiled and diverse landscape, including the natural park of Costa Vincentina for hiking and cycling if you are feeling more adventurous. The town itself is a labyrinth of postcard-worthy cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses, and bright bougainvillea, with plenty of historical sites and Moorish influence (and no crowds with selfie sticks).

When it comes to the local cuisine do try the renowned percebes (goose barnacles) and all their seafood delights.

In the Costa Vicentina Natural Park in the Algarve, Aldeia da Pedralva stands as a serene and authentic village that until 2006 was in ruins with only 9 inhabitants. At the end of 2008, the entire village was restored, and people, restaurants, and life settled in. Originally a cluster of traditional whitewashed houses and cobblestone streets, the village was painstakingly revitalized, preserving its architectural heritage It is a charming hamlet that offers a unique blend of rural simplicity, cultural authenticity, and natural beauty, making it an ideal destination for those looking to reconnect with nature and experience the traditional Portuguese life.

The vicinity around the three towns mentioned remains refreshingly off the beaten path but is certainly a destination that merits exploration. Escaping the pitfalls of overcrowded tourist spots, these areas boast genuine and high-quality dining experiences, offering an excellent price-quality ratio. The serene sandy beaches retain their tranquility, providing a peaceful getaway, while a diverse array of natural landscapes beckons exploration. Additionally, for sports enthusiasts, it proves to be an ideal region for activities such as surfing and bodyboarding, with consistent waves gracing beaches like Monte Clérigo and Amoreira in Aljezur, as well as Mareta Beach and Tonel Beach in Sagres.

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