Porto Covo Portugal: An insider tip in the Alentejo for slow travellers

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View of the Atlantic at Porto Covo

Porto Covo is a coastal village in the Alentejo in Portugal. Its white houses nestled against the rocky shore are a sight in themselves. But Porto Covo is more than just a pretty face. It's a place that will captivate you with its history and culture. Here you can walk in the footsteps of the fishermen who founded the village. Or you can explore the nature that surrounds Porto Covo. From pristine beaches to wild cliffs - the landscape here is simply impressive. And the best part? Porto Covo is still an insider tip. Perfect for slow travelers who shy away from mass tourism.


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The history of Porto Covo in Portugal

Porto Covo, Portugal has a rich past dating back to the 18th century. The village was founded by the Marquis of Pombal, an important statesman in Portuguese history. Its aim was to promote the fishing industry in the area. However, over the years Porto Covo has developed far beyond its original fishing roots. Today it is a popular travel destination, attracting visitors with its stunning coastal scenery and cultural heritage. But despite its development, Porto Covo has retained its original charm. History is alive here.


Beach at Porto Covo Portugal
Beach at Porto Covo Portugal


Beautiful nature in the area

Porto Covo, Portugal is a true paradise for nature lovers. Here you will find a mixture of the vastness of the Atlantic, golden sandy beaches and rocky cliffs. The region is also home to a variety of plants and animals that are unique here. From colorful wildflowers to rare species of birds, the flora and fauna here is truly impressive. Whether you want a relaxing day at the beach or a challenging hike, Porto Covo offers something for everyone.


flora in the region
flora in the region


Hiking the Fisherman's Path

Discover the fisherman path in Porto Covo, Portugal. This hiking trail takes you along the Alentejo coast and offers you a chance to experience the nature of the region. The trail stretches an impressive 350 kilometers in length and offers a variety of routes for all skill levels. Whether you are an experienced hiker or a beginner, you are sure to find a route that suits your ability.

On your way you will discover a multitude of highlights. From the fishing villages to the beaches and cliffs, each stage of the path offers a new surprise. And don't forget to stop for a moment and enjoy the views of the Atlantic.

Before you set off, however, there are a few things you should consider. The best time to hike is in spring or autumn. Then the weather is mild and the landscape is in full bloom. Don't forget to bring enough water, snacks and sunscreen. Of course, you should always have a map or GPS device with you to make sure you stay on the right path.


At the port of Porto Covo
At the port of Porto Covo


Cultural sights and activities in Porto Covo

In Porto Covo, Portugal, you'll find things to do and things to do that will immerse you in the village's past and present. Start your journey of discovery in the town center. Here you will find the traditional white houses and narrow streets. Stroll through the streets and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

Also, don't forget to explore the historical sites in the area. This includes the forts and the old fishermen's huts, which offer a glimpse into the life of the previous residents.

If you are lucky enough to be there during a local festival, you will have a very special experience. These lively events are a great way to experience local culture up close and enjoy the hospitality of the locals.


Pork from the Alentejo
Pork from the Alentejo


The local cuisine of Porto Covo

Porto Covo, Portugal is known for its rich and varied cuisine. Here you will find an abundance of dishes using the freshest local ingredients. They are still prepared today using the region's traditional cooking techniques.

A must for every visitor is definitely the fresh fish and seafood. From grilled sea bream to delicious seafood stews, the choices are impressive. You can taste these dishes in the cozy restaurants and taverns in the village.

But the region's cuisine has even more to offer. You should also try the region's meat dishes, including the famous Alentejo pork. Don't forget to try the local wine and cheese, the perfect accompaniment to any dish.


Beach in Porto Covo Portugal
Beach in Porto Covo Portugal


Accommodation and transport in Porto Covo

Porto Covo has accommodation to suit every taste and budget. For example, you can choose between luxurious hotels, bed & breakfasts and cheap hostels. Motorhome enthusiasts and tent travelers will also find campsites here. Many of these locations also offer sea views and are just a short walk from major attractions.

When it comes to transportation, you have several options here as well. The town is connected to the public transport network, with regular bus services to surrounding towns and villages. However, if you want more flexibility, you definitely should rent a car. You can do this as soon as you arrive at Lisbon Airport.

Map of Porto Covo and surroundings

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And finally ...

Porto Covo, Portugal is an ideal destination for many types of slow travellers. Whether you are a nature lover, history buff or food lover, Porto Covo has something for everyone.

The beauty of the area is simply breathtaking. From the beaches to the wild cliffs, the scenery here is sure to amaze you. If you're a hiking fanatic, the Fisherman's Path offers a great way to explore the region. Also the neighboring town Vila Nova de Milfontes is worth a trip.

The history and culture of the place are also fascinating. From the historical sights to the local festivals, there's always something new to discover.

Of course, the local cuisine is also a highlight for every visitor. The fresh seafood as well as the traditional dishes are simply delicious.

In terms of accommodation and transportation, the place offers various options that suit every budget. Thanks to the friendly locals, you will surely feel at home here.

More links and information about Porto Covo

There are also useful resources and links you can use to plan your trip to Portugal even better. These will provide you with more information and tips to make the most of your stay in this seaside village.

  1. The official tourism website of Portugal (visitportugal.com) provides some information about the place.
  2. Information on the Fisherman's Path you can also find it in our blog.


Questions and answers about Porto Covo

What is the best time of year to visit Porto Covo, Portugal?

The best time to visit the place is from April to October, when the weather is mild and the days are longer.

Are there any special events or festivals in Porto Covo that I shouldn't miss?

Yes, July hosts the Porto Covo Festa do Vinho, a wine festival that attracts locals and tourists alike.

What language is spoken in Porto Covo?

Portuguese is spoken in this seaside village, but English is also understood by many locals and in tourist establishments.

What is the best way to get from Lisbon to Porto Covo?

Porto Covo is about 170 kilometers from Lisbon. The easiest way to get there is by car.

Are there opportunities for water sports in Porto Covo?

Yes, the location offers a variety of water sports including surfing, diving and kayaking.

What currency is used in Porto Covo?

In Portugal, the currency used is the euro (€).

Are there any special rules or customs in Porto Covo that I should know as a visitor?

The locals are very hospitable and respect the environment. As a visitor, you should do the same and respect all local laws and customs.


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Source: on-site research. We were invited on this trip by Aptece, Visit Alentejo and the Rota do Peixe. However, our opinion remains our own.

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Porto Covo Portugal: An insider tip in the Alentejo for slow travellers

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn