January is the ideal time for a backpacker to visit Southern Portugal; the temperatures aren’t quite as extreme, the tourists are few and far between, and accommodation prices are cheap.
Of Sunny Praia de Belixe, Portugal, Stephen says this …
If you travel to the futhest reaches of southwestern Portugal (and the whole of the European contenent) you’ll find the small town of Sagres. It has four supurb beaches, including this one, Praia de Belixe, surrounding the town. In Sagres you’ll find young surfers living out of Volkswagon vans and plenty of other Europeans that have moved to the area for the outstanding weather, beautiful cliffs, and the real estate bargain of western Europe.
For the best of the beaches, check out:
- The sheltered, south-facing Praia da Mareta for bathing
- The Praia do Martinhal for windsurfing
- The wild Praia do Tonel for surfing
- The Praia de Belixe for a stunning setting under cliffs.
The town of Sagras itself is nothing special, but pleasant enough complete with the necessities to keep the family, surfer, or backpacker content.
Do you have a photo you’d like featured here? Email me at matt [at] backpackingmatt [dot] com.