Holidays on wheels: 8 places not to be missed on a roadtrip in Portugal

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7 October 2021, Redaction

Holidays on wheels have gained more and more fans in recent years. By car or caravan, there are 'roadtrips' in Portugal for all tastes. Following a travel route without schedules or pressures is an excellent alternative for those who like to make stops to enjoy the magnificent views that the country has to offer.

And where there certainly is no lack of variety, is in the destination options Portugal can offer. There are countless Portuguese 'roadtrips' to choose from: discovering the North, Center and South areas and for the more adventurous to travel up or down the country all the way from one end to the other.

The summer might be over, but who says that means you can't take a break? Hop in your car, pick up a few friends, and get out to explore some of the most beautiful places in Portugal, on a 'roadtrip'. We have chosen to explore the south east of the country, and we have 8 locations for you that you really can't miss!

Travel route for a 'roadtrip' along the Costa Vicentina

The Costa Vicentina needs no introduction. It includes some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal with all the natural charm that comes with being located in the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina, so this area meets all the requirements for an unforgettable roadtrip be it by car or by caravan. The region has countless places for you to discover, so grab your keys, book some accomodation if your wheels don't include it, and get going to some of these points of interest:

Sines

Sines is the starting point of this route. A picturesque city known for its maritime activity, it is the birthplace of the famous navigator Vasco da Gama. There are several points of interest, such as the Igreja Matriz or the Castle of Sines. Take the opportunity to explore the historic center and, if you have the time, hop over to the fishing port.

São Torpes beach

Known for its five kilometers of vast sandy beach, and characterized by its warm waters, heated by the nearby thermoelectric power station. However as the plant has recently closed, and summer has passed, maybe just go for a walk along the scenic sands!

Samoqueira Beach

This is one of the most beautiful areas in the southwest of Alentejo, with a vast wild sand habitat and natural pools that form during low tide. With easy access and parking, if your road trip is passing nearby there really is no excuse to miss this!

Porto Covo

Your roadtrip would not be complete without visiting Praia dos Buizinhos, which is at the western end of this village, and has been gifter with a beautifully serene sea and magical, enchanting views. Time your visit with the low tide though; this beach is so small it almost disappears when the tide comes in.

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Peach Island

This is perhaps the most famous location on this 'roadtrip' through Portugal, as it is the inspiration for a song by Rui Veloso. It has a vast stretch of sand where the Corgo do Pessegueiro stream flows into the sea. In summer, it can be visited by boat, where you can visit the ruins of Forte de Santo Alberto , built to protect the region from pirates.

Cape Sardão

This is the westernmost point of the Alentejo coast. At the top of the cliff you can find a century-old lighthouse that guides the brave men of the sea. This area is not so well known, and one of the coast's best hidden treasures, particularly for nature lovers as it is the perfect place to admire white stork nests.

Pego das Pias

In the municipality of Odemira, Pego das Pias is a true Alentejo paradise surrounded by nature. We advise you to make a stop to walk the pedestrian trail, and... don't forget your camera on this one. The natural setting and impressive rock formations are worth noting, in addition to the many natural lakes where you can take a dip. There are also a variety of green spaces, perfect for picnicking.

Amália beach

This is one of the most secret places on Costa Vicentina and its name comes from the Portuguese fado singer Amália Rodrigues, who had a house on top of the cliffs. It is not easily accessible; this is a spot off the beaten track. However, as you traverse through the dense vegetation, you might be surprised by the natural beauty of this expansive sandy beach.

If you are traveling by caravan, we advise you to inform you of the new rules that you must follow in Costa Vicentina so that you can have a truly restful holiday.

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