• Aljezur Algarve

    Aljezur Algarve

Aljezur in the Algarve


Aljezur or (Algezur) is a Portuguese village in the Faro region of Portugal and the Algarve, with about 3,300 inhabitants. Aljezur is situated about 250 km south of Lisbon, the capital of the country, and about 110 km from Faro, the district capital and around 30 km from Lagos which is the nearest city. Aljezur is a friendly and welcoming village that is located in one of the last coastal havens of Europe. All this with over 300 days of sunshine per year, Aljezur make the perfect place for rural tourism, where there is no stress, no mess, no traffic or pollution! only pure air. A very relaxed holiday destination, Aljezur is only 10km from the nearest beach, Praia de Monte Clérigo. Aljezur is a small quiet village dominated by a Moorish castle built in the 10th century. Aljezur is a land of ancient origins, its territory has been inhabited since the prehistoric times. The Arabs who remained here for five centuries until the Christian conquest here and left important marks such as the castle, a sua cisterna, á toponímia, and many legends and folk tales.


With a very rocky coastline to the west of Aljezur, which is strewn by beautiful secluded bays and beaches, are less crowded and great for surfers. In contrast the busier beaches of Lagos on the southern coast. Visitors are rewarded not only by wild beauty of the landscape, but also by a warm friendly welcome for all tourists. Agriculture and the sea are undoubtedly the major source of income for Aljezur. If there is something you can not miss in addition to magnificent beaches, it is the cuisine.


Aljezur cuisine is rich in fish (golden bream, bass) and shellfish (limpets, mexilhãoe), hunting (rabbits and wild boar), products of the land (mainly famous sweet potato and beans) and foods from death-of-pig. Hence the cuisine of this region is based on these products, or couvada beans with sweet potato porridge with Moorish “pikes” mussel rice, feijoada shells, seabream, gold, or sea bass cooked or grilled over charcoal, barnacles, mussels, fried black pudding, among others, are the delight of gastronomy Aljezur, which can be enjoyed in many fine restaurants and cafes, and to accompany this delicious gastronomic adventure, red and white wines produced by the winery in nearby Lagos, exellente muscatel wines. The dessert stand outs of pastries, cake and sweet potato pudding, fried and covered with a sugar syrup or honey, this also a local product. Peanuts are cultivated in the nearby large parish of Rogil, an appetizer that is greatly appreciated and of excellent quality. Restaurants, Seafood, Snack Bar, Pizza, barbecue, and take-aways are available to your taste and choice in Aljezur


The sports center is composed of a main hall with a wooden floor will own to practice various sports, with the area of ​​400m2 with access to the public galleries and retractable telescopic stands, with capacity for 520 seats. A gym with synthetic floor area of ​​350m2, 10 Spas are available for support to athletes, coaches, and teachers, sports pavilion, swimming pools, the center has something for everyone for example: Judo, karate, weight lifting, aerobics, handball, basketball, volleyball, roller hockey, soccer, table tennis, Aljezur has many outdoor sports on offer including surfing, mountain biking guided tours, bicycle rentals, hiking, and horseriding. Within the nearby areas there are also hiking, diving, boogie boarding, boating and sea fishing.


In all parishes of Aljezur, are an important cultural elements in the life of its people, religious festivals, and popular festivals, fairs or parties mark special occasions. The municipal holiday is celebrated on August 29, and is linked to a centuries-old tradition with a lot of expression in the region consisting of a swim, the famous bath 29, it is believed that on this day the water was holy, and the festival of sweet potato Aljezur. Events fishermen, the fair using local produce, the folk festival, are some of the most relevant events held annually. Become meeting and socializing among the locals, and from other municipalities in the south of the country. For those who like to enjoy local cultures have a wonderful network of locations in Lagos as museum centers, historical sites, art galleries, castles, the famous fountain of lies, ruins, house-museum of ethnography cores, core archeology.


The gastronomy of Aljezur is based around the rich variety of fish and seafood available from the western atlantic seas and also rabbit (coelho) and wild boar (javali) during the hunting season. Perceves ( goose barnacles) are a particular delicacy and you will often see signs outside of restaurants ‘Há perceves’ – telling you that they are on the menu today!

The main crops are sweet potatoes (batata-doce) and beans which will form the basis of many of the local dishes. You will even find desserts made from sweet potato ! To accompany the meal you can have local wine made from grapes grown in the Aljezur region and a small glass of the locally produced medronho to finish.

Although Aljezur is becoming ever more popular with tourists and ‘estrangeiros’ (as foreigners are called) who choose to move here, it still retains a very strong Algarve flavour which is reflected in the bars, cafés and restaurants. The restaurants use the readily available local produce and there are typical dishes from the Aljezur area that will be found on most of the menus. Places away from the busy tourist centres also tend to have earlier closing times, so don’t leave it too late if you want to eat!

“By Jamie Mcloughlin

Place Categories: Resorts.Place Tags: Algarve and Aljezur.

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