As summer fades and we move into autumn, lazy days on the beach are unfortunately numbered for this year. It will soon be time to swap our bikinis for fleeces and sunbathing for brisk but exhilarating walks along the shoreline!
One of my favourite beaches is Monte Clérigo. It’s almost like stepping back in time with its cluster of retro houses and absence of tourist shops.
Monte Clérigo is located in the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vincentina near the village of Aljezur. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is totally unspoilt by the ravages of tourism. The one thing that amazed me and I was pleased to see was the good facilities for the disabled on such a uncommercialised and natural beach (further details below)
Cafe/Restaurants: O Zé (open all year round) O Sago, and Rede
WC facilities: Yes – plus changing rooms in season including access for wheelchairs.
Surfing: Seems to be popular all year round. See
Fishing: From the rocks or beach.
Life Guard: Yes (In season)
Blue flag beach: Yes
There is good access to the beach via a level wooden walkway. A Tiralo is available which makes the beach accessible, with support, for people with reduced mobility. The service is free and allows people with a disability to go on the beach and even near the water (only in season between 10h to 19h)
Directions: From Lagos take the N120 towards Sines. Just before the village of Aljezur turn left (signposts to Vale da Telha, Arrifana and Mónte Clérigo). At the top of the hill turn right and follow the road round to the beach of Monte Clérigo. The approach to Monte Clerigo beach is stunning with panoramic views down to the ocean and the beach below. There is a view-point where you can pull off the road and take photographs.
Tips: Please be aware that there is a strong undertow and current. There are no concession areas or shops on the beach so you will need to come equipped with your own parasol and beach chairs if required.
Which is your favourite beach?