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The west coast

Unlike the southern stretches of the Algarve, the west coast, stretching north from Sagres to Odeceixe, is almost totally undeveloped.There are several reasons: the coast is exposed to strong Atlantic winds; the sea can be several degrees cooler than on the south coast; and swimming can be dangerous. In addition, the designation in 1995 of the stretch of coast from Burgau to Cabo de SãoVicente and up through the Alentejo as a nature reserve – the Parque Natural Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vincentina – largely protects this dramatic and rugged scenery from potentially harmful development.The nearest bases to the beaches are at the small village of Carrapateira or the livelier Aljezur and Odeceixe, all of which have an inexpensive network of private rooms and accommodation options. Like Sagres, these resorts attract a predominantly young crowd of surfers and campervanners.

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  • Carrapateira
  • Aljezur
  • Odeceixe