Portugal – Western Algarve in a Campervan
Ahhhh the Algarve such a paradise…. from its deep blue sea’s, white sand filled beach’s that go on for miles, friendly people and amazing food to die for everywhere.
Here are a few of our own personal campervan must visit and sees while on holiday to the Western Algarve.
1: Serra de Monchique, a little different scenery to the rest in the Algarve, a rolling mountain range that adds a panoramic view to Western Algarve including Lagos, Sagres and the Atlantic Ocean. Covered in fragrant meadows of wild flowers and an abundance of wildlife, this mountain is a fantastic day trip out. This mountain is one of the Algarve’s main water sources, you can even find taps throughout routes up to Monchique offering clean drinking water so be sure to top up those bottles in the campervan!
2: Lagos, Algarve’s liveliest resort town with great historical significance. Price Henry the Navigator launched Portugal’s Age of Discovery from Lagos in the 15th century. The town holds a medieval collection of castle walls, graceful churches and a modern build port surrounded by traditional restaurants where you can find some of the best food in the Algarve. If you fancy seeing a whole new atmosphere to this town be sure to head in at night, have a few drinks, take a walk around streets full of people out socialising or grab a bite of food, it is kind of hard to resist all those smells coming out of every door on every corner! Lagos also holds some fantastic boat rides, so If you’re looking to see some of those famous rock formations along the coast, we would recommend trying out a boat ride to check out this amazing coastal scenery.
3: Between Lagos and Sagres, this coast is full of secret spots, not only that you won’t have an issue in parking the campervan up for the night, a lot of people tend to take the little off roads down to little coastal coves and areas down dirt roads, this is something we recommend doing! One of them being Zavial. White sands, wild flowers, pure open Algarve and fantastic surf for those who like to surf. There is a restaurant overlooking the beach which serves some fantastic local cuisine so this spot is a must do, place to stop for a day, park up soak up some sun, go for a swim and grab some food at the Restaurant. Zavial only takes 15 minutes to drive to off the main road of the village Raposeira on the main road.
4: Sagres – Ancient Greek called it the end of the earth, others call it a paradise, this little town on the tip of Western Algarve is the most western town in Europe. A must do, fantastic place to stop and just spend the rest of your holiday sitting in the sun on the beach’s and eating fantastic food. Cabo de Sao Vicente a lighthouse where thousands come to witness the sunset on the most western peak of Europe, a really romantic thing to do with the loved one or if you just fancy taking in something amazing, the lighthouse is open during the days to visit with south and west coasts meeting below the lighthouse. Sagres is also known as Europe’s surfing capital and also hosts legs of the world surfing championships.
Sagres also holds a few amazing restaurants, here are a few which we picked out we felt worthy:
- Mum’s, be sure to book in advance, this Italian vegetarian restaurant is something special offering some really healthy food!
- Cervejaria Estrela Do Mar II, this was our favourite, offering simple Portuguese food. This is where you must visit at least once, offering home cooked traditional Portuguese food and deserts and is run by the friendliest of Portuguese you could imagine, you have to try to know what we mean, our #1 favourite while going to Sagres for sure.
- Terra – an Italian restaurant run by the nicest Italian guy you can find, these guys offer up some fantastic seafood and the best Tiramisu we have ever tasted, if you’re looking for a little bit of Italy infused with Portuguese food, this is to die for, be sure to try it all!
Explore – the best advice we can give when visiting the Algarve is to not be afraid to head off the main road down those little dirt roads leading down to tiny coves and beaches or valleys, you might find your next personal favourite holiday spot away from the maddening crowds.
For more tips or questions on Portugal and the Algarve feel free to contact us!
European Campervan Team