Vila Nova de Milfontes Beach: Everything you need to know!

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Beach near Vila Nova de Milfontes

Enjoy the beach of Vila Nova de Milfontes

This fishing village in Alentejo is a paradise for beach goers. Here, sand, water and sunshine merge into a perfect holiday experience. But which Vila Nova de Milfontes beach is right for you?



Why is Vila Nova de Milfontes so special? Put simply, it offers the best of both worlds. On the one hand you will find pristine beaches, ideal for relaxing and sunbathing. On the other hand, adventure beckons. Surfing, Hiking or just exploring local life - there is something for everyone here.

But that's not all. The hospitality of the locals will make your stay unforgettable. They are happy to share their insider tips and show you the best corners. This is how you discover places that are not in any travel guide.


Beach at Vila Nova de Milfontes
Vitor Oliveira from Torres Vedras, PORTUGAL, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Which Vila Nova de Milfontes beach is right for you?

The three main beaches are in the immediate vicinity of the town. Nevertheless, they differ. Here you can discover their special features. Get to know the Vila Nova de Milfontes beach that suits you best.

Lighthouse Beach (Praia do Farol)

Nestled between rugged cliffs is the lighthouse beach. Its golden sand and sparkling waters draw you in immediately. A special highlight is the lighthouse that proudly towers over the beach. It not only offers an impressive backdrop, but also orientation. But be careful: the currents can sometimes be strong here. Therefore, you should always pay attention to the flags and not go into the water when the flag is red. It's about your safety!

Franquia Beach (Praia da Franquia)

A flat, wide sandy beach awaits you on this Vila Nova de Milfontes beach. Franquia beach is perfect for families and water sports enthusiasts. The calm water invites you to swim and splash around. Fancy some action? Here you can also go windsurfing, kayaking or stand-up paddling. If you don't beach equipment with you, no problem! There are numerous rental stations that offer everything you need for your water fun. So, grab a board or a boat and enjoy the thrill.

Furnas Beach (Praia das Furnas)

A little hidden, but a real insider tip, is the Vila Nova de Milfontes beach in Furnas. Surrounded by impressive rock formations, it offers a unique atmosphere. Accessing the beach can be a bit of an adventure as it is a bit remote. Once there, you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of this place. And if you are lucky, you can even see dolphins playing in the distance.


Praia do Farol in Vila Nova de Milfontes
Luis Ascenso from Lisbon, Portugal, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Discover a beach near Vila Nova de Milfontes

Vila Nova de Milfontes is known for its stunning beaches. But in its surroundings there are other beach gems just waiting to be discovered by you. Let's take a look at three of these beach beauties.

Malhão Beach (Praia do Malhão)

Just a few kilometers north of Vila Nova de Milfontes you will find the beach of Malhão. This extensive sandy beach is surrounded by impressive dune landscapes. The clear water and rough waves make it a popular spot for surfers. But beware: the currents can be treacherous here. Always pay attention to the flags and do not go into the water when the flag is red. Your safety comes first!

Aivados Beach (Praia dos Aivados)

Further north is the beach of Aivados. An insider tip for anyone looking for peace and seclusion. The natural beauty of this beach is enhanced by the surrounding cliffs and deep blue sea. But the same applies here: the sea can be unpredictable. The waves are often higher and the currents stronger. So, be careful and follow the safety instructions.

Brejo Largo Beach

Another highlight is the beach of Brejo Largo. Accessible via a small hiking trail, this beach offers an incomparable natural experience. Surrounded by sheer cliffs and dense vegetation, it feels like you are in another world. The water is crystal clear and invites you to swim. But caution is also required here. The currents can be strong, especially at high tide. So, always keep an eye out for the safety flags and be aware.

The area around Vila Nova de Milfontes has some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. Each of them has its own specifics. But no matter which beach you choose, always think about your safety. The sea is beautiful, but it can also be dangerous. So, enjoy the beauty of nature, but always with respect and caution.


Atlantic at Vila Nova de Milfontes


The best time to travel to Vila Nova de Milfontes Beach

Are you planning a beach holiday near Vila Nova de Milfontes? Then the timing is crucial. The best months for sun, sand and sea are from June to September. In these months you can expect warm weather, bright sunshine and pleasant water temperatures.

July and August are the high season months. Life is vibrant here and the beaches are busier. However, if you are looking for rest and relaxation, June and September are ideal. During these months you will enjoy milder temperatures and less hustle and bustle.

In short, for a perfect beach holiday in Vila Nova de Milfontes you should aim for the summer months. pack yours swimwear and experience the Portuguese sun in all its glory!

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And finally ...

A beach holiday in Vila Nova de Milfontes promises relaxation, adventure and unforgettable moments. To make your stay as pleasant and safe as possible, we have a few tips for you:

  • Watch out for the safety flags. They provide information about the current water conditions. In any case, red means: Stay on land!
  • Protect yourself from the sun. use sunscreen, wear a hat and regularly seek shade.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink enough water, especially on hot days.
  • respect nature Do not leave litter or disturb animals or plants.
  • Also, explore the area. In addition to the main beaches, there are many hidden bays to discover, for example.
  • Be careful with water sports activities. Always use the right equipment and follow safety rules.
  • Get to know the locals. They often have the best tips for restaurants, activities and insider tips.

In summary, Vila Nova de Milfontes offers everything your heart desires: fantastic beaches, crystal clear water as well as a unique atmosphere.

Questions and answers about Vila Nova de Milfontes beaches

Can I park on the beaches in Vila Nova de Milfontes?

Yes, most of the beaches in Vila Nova de Milfontes have parking lots. However, in high season these can fill up quickly, so come early!

Are there beach bars or restaurants nearby?

Absolutely! Many beaches in Vila Nova de Milfontes offer beach bars or restaurants where you can enjoy fresh seafood and local specialties.

Are the beaches in Vila Nova de Milfontes dog friendly?

Some beaches allow dogs outside of the main bathing season. However, it is always advisable to check local regulations beforehand.

How is the water quality and cleanliness of the beaches in Vila Nova de Milfontes?

The beaches of Vila Nova de Milfontes are known for their clean waters and well-tended sandy areas. Regular tests confirm the high water quality, which makes it ideal for swimmers and families with children.

Are there sanitary facilities or showers on the beaches?

Yes, on the main beaches you will find sanitary facilities and showers. It's always handy after a day in the salt water to shower and feel fresh before moving on.


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

Text Vila Nova de Milfontes Portugal: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Vila Nova de Milfontes Beach: Everything you need to know!

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