David Cameron visits the sleepy town of Aljezur

Aljezur, is the first location in my “Out and About” series
where I review various towns and villages in the Western Algarve.

Aljezur Market - Western Algarve, Portugal

Aljezur Market – Western Algarve, Portugal

The sleepy town of Aljezur is now well and truly on the map since the British Prime Minister and his wife, Samantha, visited the local market to buy squid. It made me smile when I read the newspapers were more interested in reporting on David Cameron’s dress sense, than information about the town itself.

Aljezur Fish Market

Aljezur Fish Market

Aljezur Fish Market

Aljezur Fish Market

Aljezur, still has the rustic charm of a small Portuguese town as yet unspoilt by the ravages of mass tourism.

View from Aljezur Fish Market

View from Aljezur Fish Market

Directions:
Take the A22 motorway west, towards Sines and drive to the end. At the roundabout drive straight across, direction Sines (N120). Drive up the wibbly wobbly road for about 20 minutes and you will eventually reach the Moorish town of Aljezur. N.B. trust me, you won’t fall off the end of the world – there is life after Portimao and even Lagos.

Aljezur

Aljezur

Where to eat:
Piza Bica
Tel. (+351) 282 998 693
Cruz – Igreja Nova
8670-089 Aljezur
(On the road to Monchique)
Horário:
De Segunda a Sexta, 12:00H ~ 14:30H e 18:30H ~ 22:00H
Sábados, Domingos, Feriados, 18:30H ~ 22:00H

Restaurante PONT’A PÉ
Largo da Liberdade
8670 ALJEZUR
(near the taxi rank, by the bridge)
Tel. (+351) 282 998 104

Restaurante RUTH – O IVO
Tel. (+351) 282 998 534
Rua 25 de Abril
8670-088 ALJEZUR

Aljezur, Western Algarve - Portugal

Aljezur, Western Algarve – Portugal

Local Beaches:
Praia do Monte Clérigo – Western Algarve

Praia da Arrifana

Praia da Arrifana, Western Algarve - Portugal

Praia da Arrifana, Western Algarve – Portugal

Praia da Amoreira (closest beach to the town of Aljezur)

Useful Contacts
Câmara Municipal

Tourist information:
POSTO DE TURISMO DE ALJEZUR
Rua 25 de Abril, 62
8670-088 ALJEZUR
Tel. (+351) 282 998 229
E-mail: turismo.aljezur@turismodoalgarve.pt
Aljezur

Aljezur, Western Algarve - Portugal

Aljezur, Western Algarve – Portugal

Indoor Activities

COMPLEXO DESPORTIVO DE ALJEZUR
Pavilhão Desportivo (Sports Centre)
Tel. 282 990 021 – Fax 282 990 022
Piscinas Municipais (Swimming Pool)
Tel. 282 990 023
Fore more information regarding opening times and a full list of activities, check out the Camara Website here.

Local Surf Schools
(Information to follow)

Cultural Organizations

Tertúlia – Associação Sócio-Cultural de Aljezur
Morada: Rua de Lisboa
8670 ALJEZUR
Tel: (+351) 282 998 870 / (+351) 969 979 550
Correio Electrónico: tertulia.aljezur@gmail.com
tertulia-aljezur.blogspot.pt/

Associação de Defesa do Património Histórico e Arqueológico de Aljezur
Morada: Rua João Dias Mendes, 48
8670 – 086 ALJEZUR
Tel: 282 991 011

View to castle

View to castle

Aljezur Market
Opposite School
3rd Monday (morning)

Aljezur market sells a variety of goods including a great selection of vegetable plants, clothes, hardware and underwear etc. Unlike some touristy markets you are unlikey to find dodgey DVD’s, fake designer brands. If you want a real insider tip about life in Portugal, why not mingle with the locals, and for lunch sample the delicious BBQ’d chicken and chips washed down with copious amounts of red wine served in beer glasses. Yes, you read correctly – beer glasses!

David Cameron (British Prime Minister) and his good lady certainly missed out on this experience!

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18 responses to “David Cameron visits the sleepy town of Aljezur

  1. “Aljezur, still has the rustic charm of a small Portuguese town as yet unspoilt by the ravages of mass tourism.”

    Hopefully his visit won’t lead to its spoiling.

  2. ‘Here today, gone tomorrow’ : doubt their visit will have much effect but it is great that you have such a market close to you with all that freshness just jumping off the screen :) !

  3. Were they there on holiday, or a State visit? It sounds like a lovely market.

  4. Wow. Now it will get tourists, I suspect! :)

  5. That is a very impressive fishmarket!!

  6. I want to live in a sleepy town just like this…One day if I manage to sell enough books this is what I am going to do.

  7. Love your idea for an “out and about” series. I look forward to seeing more of your adventures.

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