Discover beaches in the Alentejo

Praia do Pego

Alentejo Praias between Comporta and Cabo Sardao

Which beaches in Alentejo Portugal are best for you? The Alentejo coast south of Lisbon is very varied. The Alentejo Praias on the west coast of the Alentejo alternate between miles of sandy beaches. To the south of Sines and in the Comporta region there are beaches that don't seem to end. In some regions they are also very wide. In between, however, there are always rugged coastal landscapes with cliffs. These drop off steeply. Either directly into the sea, or to small sandy bays where you can find secluded spots Swimming opportunities find. Because many of these sheltered bays can be reached by stairs. They remind a little of the Algarve coast. Just that they're lonelier than that.


Beaches in the Alentejo at Comporta
Alentejo Praias are sandy beaches


This has to be in the suitcase for the beaches in the Alentejo


The Alentejo is still a region where tourism is not as significant as in other parts of Portugal. Here day by day the fishermen go out to catch fish. With their small boats, they do not venture too far from the coast. Nevertheless, their work is not safe. In some places, they have to overcome the wild surf to get back to their home port. At others, their boats are at the mercy of the waves of the Atlantic. These take a long way to the west and build up to considerable wave mountains. Of the beaches you can often see the Portuguese fishermen working off the coast.


On some beaches there are restaurants or simple beach cafes, where you can watch the beach walkers. These are often barely recognizable, because the sandy areas at the seashore are often so wide that the eye sees the people only with difficulty. It is nice there especially in the evening, when the sun sinks into the sea. This often happens with spectacular color spectacle. Then the sky turns a reddish purple, red or gold. The sun seems to get bigger and bigger, before finally disappearing behind the horizon in a breathtaking show. Every night, the spectacle is different.

Which beach from Comporta to Porto Covo

Those who like pristine beaches will definitely love the beaches in the Alentejo. We were there in January. We start our journey in Evora. The Alentejo beaches actually begin at the city of Tróia in the north of the peninsula, which separates the Setubal lagoon from the Atlantic. However, we saved the drive to Tróia, as the place has no special sights apart from a few hotels and Roman ruins. The beaches that stretch south from Tróia to Porto Covo are worth a visit.



Comporta beach
Comporta beach


Comporta beaches in Alentejo Portugal

We used the time we had saved instead of visiting Tróia for a stay on the beach at Comporta. This place consists of only a few houses and is located about fifteen kilometers south of Tróia. Even in winter, the beach of Comporta is worth a detour. Boardwalks lead from the car park over the dunes to the kilometer-long wide sandy beach. Above the beach, there is also a beach café, which in the summer are certainly popular. In January, however, it is closed. However, it offers beautiful photo opportunities with its blue-painted wooden walls. In any case, from this beach you can look out onto the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean. An uplifting feeling!


Accommod. Comporta *


Beach cafe Comporta
Beach cafés like this one can be found on the Alentejo Praias


Carvalhal - Beaches in the Alentejo

Only a few kilometers further south, more beaches join. We make a detour to Praia do Pego in Carvalhal. Here, the Sal restaurant awaits its guests in summer. In winter, it is closed. No wonder, we have the beach at this time of the year almost for us alone. There we experienced on our Drive along the fishing path in the Alentejo one of the most beautiful sunsets of our trip. In the summer, it may be fun to watch the setting sun from the terrace of the restaurant as it sinks into the sea.


Accommod. Carvalhal *


Praia do Pego
Praia do Pego
Praia do Pego
Praia do Pego
Sunset Praia do Pego
Sunset Praia do Pego

Do you like to travel by motorhome?


The next day we drive south to Porto Covo. There the beaches look different. While we have seen only long sandy beaches, we find here small sandy bays protected by steep cliffs. At their foothills in the sea, the waves break, which roll over the Atlantic. Porto Covo is also within easy reach of Lisbon. From there you will private day trips to the southwest coast * offered. You can also do well in this region hiking on the fishing path Portugal along the coast.


rocky beach
Rocky beaches on the Alentejo coast


Porto Covo - Beaches in the Alentejo on the rocky coast

At the port of Porto Covo, a steep staircase leads up the cliffs to a viewing platform. This can also be reached by car, if you follow the signs to the beach in town. From there you also have a good view of the Praia dos Buizinhos. It is one of those beaches that lie in sheltered coves surrounded by steep cliffs. Most of them are accessible by stairs. Therefore, you can find in these coastal regions of the Alentejo sandy coves, where you can swim in the summer. In January, we also meet tourists at the caravan parking lot, who spend the cold season here enjoying the view.



Praia dos Buizinhos
Praia dos Buizinhos - signs like this indicate beaches in Alentejo Portugal
Lighthouse at Praia do Banho - Alentejo Praias
Lighthouse at Praia do Banho


Following the coastline from Porto Covo to Sines changes the look of the beaches. While Praia do Banho and some of the other bays to the north offer sheltered bathing spots, the beaches in the Alentejo from Praia de Morgavel to Sines are instead flat, wide, miles long and sandy.


Accommod. Sines *


Dom Luis Restaurant - Typical of the Alentejo Praias
Dom Luis restaurant in Alentejo Portugal


Morgavel - one of the most beautiful beaches in the Alentejo

On our visit in January, we share the beach with just a few lonely joggers and seagulls frolicking on the sand. Above the beach there are some fish restaurants, which are also open in winter. At the Dom Luis restaurant, we just drink a short espresso to enjoy the view from the terrace. In the nearby restaurant Arte y Sal On the other hand, a delicious fresh fish menu awaits us from the market in Sines.


Restaurant Arte e Sal - Eating in the Alentejo Praias
Restaurant Arte e Sal - There are restaurants like this one in the Alentejo Praias


The wintry beaches in the Alentejo impress us. Each of them is different. Therefore, everyone will find the right beach on this short stretch of coast.

Also check out Petar's video. There he has the most beautiful moments of our pleasure trip along the Rota do Peixe summarized:



Travel Arrangements:

Getting to the beaches in the Alentejo:

Book yours here Arrival by plane, bus or train*. The nearest airport is Lisbon. You can also rent a car from there.

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Hotels and accommodations near the coast of the Alentejo * You can also book through our partner We are in there Hotel Vila Park in Santo André * and in a holiday apartment in Monte do Zambujeiro * spent the night.

Guide to the beaches in the Alentejo

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Alentejo Portugal Beach
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Source Alentejo coast: own research on site. We were invited to this trip by Aptece, Visit Alentejo and the Rota do Peixe. Our opinion, however, remains our own.

Text Alentejo coast: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos Alentejo coast: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

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