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Superb Beaches in Portugal's Coastal Natural Park

Vila Nova de Milfontes, where the wide and deep Rio Mira meets the Atlantic Ocean, is a beach lover’s dream. Bounded by sand dunes, ocean surfing landscapes contrast with gentle river beaches, offering an unparalled choice for bathers. A surfer’s paradise coexists with a family playground, with something for everybody, all easily accessible from beachside carparks.

Located in Odemira district of the Alentejo Litoral province of southern Portugal, Milfontes is deep within the Costa Vicentina Natural Park. Constraints on planning and construction have helped maintain a picturesque image, giving the entire town an old world ambience rarely found elsewhere in Europe.

Dining out in Milfontes is a culinary experience, with multiple choices of first-class restaurants offering every type of Portuguese menu, with the emphasis on fresh fish from the port located just 5 km up the coast.

All year-round activities include 4x4 off-road adventures, pony trekking, walking, river canoeing, diving, fishing and mountain biking.

Milfontes is easily accessible from both Faro and Lisbon International Airports along new motorways and main roads, the trip taking under two hours.

Milfontes is a superb base from which to explore the coastal natural park of the Alentejo Litoral region, from Sines in the north to Zambujeira in the south, and inland to the golden plains of the Planice Dourada. There are forests of cork oak, vineyards, reservoirs and a huge variety of constantly changing scenery, all accessible along quiet, uncrowded roads.

For scenic beauty, fine food and wines, and a friendly welcome, Milfontes and the Alentejo take some beating. This is truly the undiscovered Portugal!