Known for its spectacular wild beaches, Costa Vicentina is a hikers’ and surfers’ paradise.
Due to its wild nature, it’s rare to find places to stay that are right on the beach, so a car is definitely recommended to explore all the amazing beaches in Costa Vicentina.
We have a special soft spot for this region on the Western Coast of the Algarve. We have carefully handpicked a selection of our favourite Boutique Hotels and Rural Hotels in Costa Vicentina alongside some recommendations for beaches, restaurants and activities.
This article is divided into the following parts:
Praia do Canal Nature Resort is a five-star spa hotel with minimalist architecture situated amid a breathtaking and wild landscape within a 220-hectare nature reserve in Costa Vicentina.
The hotel offers 50 spacious rooms and suites with balconies and outdoor terraces overlooking the ocean, plus an additional three larger suites - two Family Suites with two bedrooms and a private pool and the Grand Suite Rooftop with a rooftop plunge pool.
Praia do Canal Nature Resort has an ample reception area with a lounge, two restaurants, a cocktail bar, two outdoor lounge areas, a huge infinity pool, a fully equipped gym, and a spa with an indoor and outdoor pool, two massage rooms, a Turkish bath, two saunas with forest views, and relaxation zones.
The Lemon Lodge is an off-grid farmstead tucked away between the hills of Monchique and the wild beaches of Costa Vicentina in the rural Algarve.
Created by friends with a passion for sustainable living and permaculture principles, The Lemon Lodge offers eco-friendly accommodations. Lodging options include two unique suites with modern and rustic details and a safari tent in a peaceful area among pine trees.
The Lemon Lodge is a short drive from the charming town of Aljezur, with beautiful beaches, renowned surf spots, and breathtaking historical hike routes.
Monte da Vilarinha is a family-friendly rural guesthouse in Costa Vicentina with commanding views over the surrounding valley, within reach of Costa Vicentina's beautiful wild beaches. This peaceful boutique stay offers a range of accommodation types, from a studio to three-bedroom houses, all with a kitchen and access to the property’s swimming pool.
A locally-sourced breakfast is served daily by the poolside restaurant. The ideal option for families and those seeking outdoor adventures such as surfing, canoeing, cycling and walking.
Muxima is an eco-friendly guesthouse perfectly nestled in a green valley near Aljezur. Here, owners’ Paula and Jelle want to share their great love for wild nature and good food with their guests. The houses are beautifully decorated with items collected from many travels and each room has its own, unique style, and are all surrounded by lush green gardens.
Highlights include morning yoga classes, a natural swimming pool, a mostly organic vegetarian breakfast feast and endless adventures on the property climbing trees, swinging ropes or exploring the forest. There’s also a shared living room with a library and a fireplace, to be enjoyed with Portuguese, organic natural wines. There’s plenty of space to chill, run around, play and take a dip.
Memmo Baleira is a four-star boutique hotel in the Western Algarve town of Sagres, offering 144 rooms and family-friendly one or two bedroom suites with kitchenettes. Facilities include a restaurant, a bar, a swimming pool with magnificent ocean views, a heated indoor pool, a spa, and a gym. Meanwhile, the children can enjoy themselves at the kid’s club, going biking or taking surf classes at the hotel’s own surf centre.
One of the best things when driving through Costa Vicentina are the picturesque and charming villages such as Sagres, Vila do Bispo, Aljezur and Odeceixe, to name only a few. It makes such a special road trip.
We started exploring Costa Vicentina many years ago and the following are the spots that we keep going back to – we call them our ‘Costa Vicentina classics’.
Our Favourite Beaches in Costa Vicentina 🩴
The truth is, every local seems to have a different favourite beach. Our advice is for you to try to discover yours! This is 100% part of the fun of visiting Costa Vicentina. Take your time to stop by at all or most of them.
We literally and genuinely love all the beaches in Costa Vicentina, but the ones we tend to visit the most are Castelejo, Vale Figueiras, Monte Clérigo and Arrifana.
Names and locations of some of the best beaches in Costa Vicentina:
- Praia do Tonel in Sagres
- Praia do Beliche in Sagres
- Praia do Castelejo in Vila do Bispo
- Praia da Cordoama in Vila do Bispo
- Praia do Amado in Aljezur
- Praia Vale Figueiras in Aljezur
- Praia da Bordeira in Aljezur
- Praia da Amoreira in Aljezur
- Praia Monte Clérigo in Aljezur
- Praia da Arrifana in Aljezur
- Praia de Odeceixe in Aljezur
Our Favourite Restaurants in Costa Vicentina 🍴
- By the beach: Restaurante da Praia on Arrifana Beach and O Sargo on Monte Clérigo - both great for fresh fish, poke bowls, ceviches and so on
- For delicious fish and seafood O Paulo and O Sítio do Rio
- For traditional Portuguese food Ponte a Pé
- For Italian food Arte Bianca, Pizza Pazza and Gulli Bistrot
- For creative food Varzea and O Sargo
Surfing in Costa Vicentina 🏄
The wild beaches of Costa Vicentina are considered a Mecca for surfers, so you will find many beaches with surf schools on site such as Arrifana, Monte Clérigo and Praia do Amado. Arrifana Surf School and Boa Onda Surf School are two of the best schools in the area.
Discover hiking routes and trails on the excellent Rota Vicentina website. You will find a dedicated network of walking and cycling trails in Costa Vicentina.
Watch Dolphins, Whales, Seabirds, Sea Turtles 🐬 🐋 🐢
Explore the ocean with Mar Ilimitado – a team of marine biologists that specialises in marine wildlife and has a range of cool boat tours.
So there you go, those are what we consider to be some of the Best Boutique Hotels and Rural Hotels in Costa Vicentina in the Algarve right now. We hope you like them as much as we do.
If you are exploring other areas in the Algarve, you might also want to check out our articles The Best Boutique Hotels and Guesthouses in the Algarve and Holiday Homes, Apartments and Villas in the Algarve, including Costa Vicentina.
Here's hoping you create new memories here in Portugal. Tag us on Instagram (we would love it if you do!) and let us know how it goes. 🤗
Joana and Sofia
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