Vila-Nova-De-Milfontes Best Beaches | Beach Guide

If you are visiting Vila Nova de Milfontes then it is pretty much a given that you are a fan of beaches. Which is great news as VN Milfontes is a beach-goers paradise with, as the cliche goes, something for everyone.

The coastline around VN Milfontes is somewhat typical of the Alentejo Atlantic coast. Somewhat rugged with dramatic cliffs punctuated with wide beaches of golden sand. These wild beaches, such as Praia do Malhão or Praia de Almograve, are great for surfing or those wanting to get away from it all but may not be the best choice for families with younger children.

There are however a number of beaches within walking distance of Vila Nova de Milfontes itself including a couple of sheltered riverside beaches. These have all the facilities including lifeguard services but will be very busy during the summer. You can find some solace from the summer crowds by taking a ferry across the river to the wide sands of Praia das Furnas which wraps around the mouth of the river and provides some great surf for all abilities.

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  • Vila Nova de Milfontes

    Praia da Franquia is one of Vila Nova de Milfontes main beaches. Tucked away from the coast on the northern bank of the River Mira, this is probably the most sheltered beach in the area. This makes it a great family...

    Vila Nova de Milfontes
    Blue Flag beach Accessible beach
  • Praia das Furnas - Vila Nova de Milfontes

    The beach of Praia das Furnas sits across the river Mira from Vila Nova de Milfontes. It could be considered two distinct beaches as it wraps around the coast with one side facing into the calm waters of the Mira...

    Vila Nova de Milfontes
  • Praia do Farol - Vila Nova de Milfontes

    Farol is the Portuguese for "lighthouse" and this is where the Praia do Farol gets its name. The beach wraps around the sandy headland at the mouth of the Mira River which is home to Vila Nova de Milfontes' somewhat...

    Vila Nova de Milfontes
  • Praia do Burdo

    Praia do Burdo is a pretty little sandy cove located a few kilometres to the north of Vila Nova de Milfontes and to the south of Malhão beach. It is quite secluded, being a considerable distance from the nearest road...

    Vila Nova de Milfontes
  • Praia do Malhão

    The Praia do Malhão is wide open sandy beach just over 5km to the north of Vila Nova de Milfontes. Set within the Southwest Alentejo...

    Vila Nova de Milfontes
    Naturist / Nudist beach
  • Almograve beach

    Set about 10 km to the south of Vila Nova de Milfontes is the low-key, little resort of Almograve. The coast around here is fairly rugged with high cliffs and rocky basalt outcrops jutting out into the might of the...

    Vila Nova de Milfontes
  • Praia da Ilha Pessegueiro

    This sandy stretch is situated a few kilometres to the south of the popular resort of Porto Covo. With its backdrop of sand dunes and scrubland beyond it has a fairly wild feel to it. This is somewhat contradicted (...

    Porto Côvo
  • Praia dos Buizinhos - Porto Covo

    The closest beach to the centre of Porto Côvo, Praia dos Buizinhos is small but perfectly formed. Backed by a semi-circle of cliffs and with lots of rocks just offshore this is generally one of the most sheltered...

    Porto Côvo
  • Porto Covo - Praia Grande

    Praia Grande (big beach) is the main beach of the little Alentejo resort of Porto Covo. In keeping with such a pretty village the beach is equally charming with a wide stretch of golden sand backed by high cliffs....

    Porto Côvo
    Blue Flag beach
  • Praia da Cerca Nova

    The smallish cove of Praia da Cerca Nova is located just around the northern headland of Porto Covo's main beach. In fact on a low tide it is possible to walk around on the sand...

    Porto Côvo


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The small town of Vila Nova de Milfontes is the most popular resort on the Alentejo coast. Positioned on the sheltered waters of the Rio Mira estuary the town is only a stone's throw from the Atlantic coast and any number of...