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PORTO COVO

Costa do Vizir Camping is located just 5 minutes from the centre of Porto Covo – a small village on the Alentejo’s Vicentina Coast. Porto Covo is around 160 km south of Lisbon and is an increasingly popular destination for holidays and weekends. The village features whitewashed houses with the traditional strip of blue, and streets that run down to the sea. The main square dates from the 18th century and reflects the Pombaline architectural style characteristic of the rebuilding of Lisbon after the earthquake of 1755. With a salty tang in the air, the village can offer its visitors sunshine, superb beaches and excellent food.

DISCOVER PORTO COVO.

A HISTORY OF SEAFARERS

If you head along the coast from the centre, either north or south, the beaches are strung out like pearls in the sun: beaches with inlets and pools where children can play safely, beaches with waves, beaches sheltered by rock formations and others exposed to the sea. There is something here for everyone, just as you would expect from its international reputation. In 2015, the French edition of the Huffington Post featured Porto Covo in its travel section as one of the world’s 10 most beautiful beaches.

There is also a small traditional harbour where local fisherman land their daily catch. As they head for the open sea, they pass the last outcrop of land – the Ilha do Pessegueiro,the Peach Tree Island, and its fort – made famous in Portugal by the song by Rui Veloso.

FROM THE PLAINS TO THE HILLS IN A SINGLE GLANCE

If you drive from São Torpes towards Porto Covo along the inland road, you can enjoy stunning views of the dunes along the coast, extremely well preserved and untouched by man. If you turn inland, the view is of wide plains, fields of corn and sunflowers, cultivated by farmers who prefer the safety of dry land to the hazards of the sea. In the distance you can make out the hills around Cercal do Alentejo, a village further inland.