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The place individuals who love good meals come to vacation: Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal | Portugal holidays



Coastal and river seashores coalesce beside the Alentejo’s Vila Nova de Milfontes, a lyrical title which means “new city of a thousand springs”. This resort on the mouth of the Mira River is a magnet for Portuguese households in excessive summer season however largely unknown to British guests, regardless of its wonderful seashores, nice meals and high quality strolling.

At this spot within the higher half of the 100km-long Parque Pure do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina, the primary seashores are discovered on the ria, the place the river meets the ocean. Throughout the ria from city is Praia das Furnas, a protracted seashore, which is reached by automotive or ferry, with sandbars at low tide that make taking part in within the crashing waves enjoyable. Nearer city are Praia da Franquia, Praia de Vila Nova Milfontes and Praia de Farol (Lighthouse Seaside), with its sloping sands.


Out on the Atlantic coast, Malhão has a wild magnificence, and whereas there are not any indicators to Aivados seashore, locals will level the best way. Kayaks and paddleboards will be employed right here however, as with all wild Atlantic seashores, nice care ought to be taken within the water. There are a number of good seashore bars and eating places, together with Ocean Drive 7 on Furnas seashore and Choupana on Farol seashore, a fish shack that’s the excellent place to look at the sundown.

Vila Nova de Milfontes is filled with whitewashed homes with home windows and doorways picked out in shiny colors, and topped by Fort São Clemente, inbuilt 1602 to defend the city from Barbary pirates. The fort is closed to the general public, however it’s enjoyable to stroll round its perimeter, having fun with views throughout the ria.


It is a place the place individuals who love good meals come to vacation. Cooking within the Alentejo is straightforward and rustic. Creativeness turned stale bread into the Portuguese soupy bread dish açorda, which is dressed with olive oil and coriander and typically topped with an egg or a scattering of seafood. Lamb and pork characteristic closely, however so do fish and seafood.

Fort São Clemente, within the Alentejo’s Vila Nova de Milfontes, gives nice views of the Mira River and its estuary. {Photograph}: Manfred Gottschalk/Getty Pictures

The city’s Tasca do Celso is famend for prawns cooked with garlic and rice richly flavoured with the juice of candy clams. Proprietor José Ramos Cardoso can be discovered inspecting the fish over a charcoal grill or describing among the gems on his huge wine record to clients.

Mabi Croissanterie & Gelateria is the place to come back for ice-cream ( native flavour is carapinhão – cream, caramel and pine nut), truffles, pastries and a wide selection of do-it-yourself savoury snacks known as salgados, which embrace prawn patties, meat croquettes and small rooster pies.


Idália Costa José welcomes company into her exquisitely old-school Seventeenth-century home, Casa do Adro da Igreja (Churchyard Home), proper within the centre of city and a brief stroll from the seashore. Inside it is rather like a household dwelling, with vintage furnishings, pictures and knick-knacks throughout. Right here, Idália will in all probability serve a slice of her bolo de chocolate cake with an aperitif or cup of tea. She says the intention is to make company really feel pampered, as by a favorite Portuguese tia (aunt).

There’s a small visitor kitchen that has complimentary fruit, beer and wine – and two terraces to get pleasure from them on. There are seven double bedrooms, a few of them with balconies.
Vila Nova de Milfontes is a two-hour drive south from Lisbon. Doubles at Casa do Adro da Igreja from €105 B&B in April

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