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Aljezur - Monte Clerigo Beach

Situated next to the fishing village of Monte Clerico, in the Aljezur municipality, this calm crystal blue sea and shredded coast beach is inserted in the Costa Vicentina Natural Park. A natural reserve area.

The beach is of fine gold sand and is very clean. The southern end of the beach has unusual and extensive rock formations, amongst which visitors can observe a diverse marine life in the pools and gullies between the rocks. There is an abundance of starfish, crabs, Shrimps and Barnacles. Within the rock crevices at the tide line Octopus can be seen and in the deeper rock pools there are shoals of juvenile fish such as Sea Bream.

It is also possible to enjoy bathing in short tidal pools formed in many rocky outlets. Despite the relative exposure to winds from the north and west ends of the beach is fairly protected.

 

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Looking towards the interior coastal zone, it is surrounded by towering sand dunes, flanking a beautiful valley associated with an ephemeral water line. On this beach there is a small village with amny local as well as vacation homes.It is surrounded by many pine forests some with designated picnic area.

 

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The descent to the beach provides you with a fabulous view.

The beach of Praia do monte Clérigo is located inside the Vicentine Coast Natural Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The beach is near the village of Aljezur and is totally unspoilt by the ravages of tourism. The beach has good access points from the road and car park to the rear of the main beach area. There is a timber ramp and stairways down to the sand.

 

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The beach is of fine gold sand and is very clean. The southern end of the beach has unusual and extensive rock formations, amongst which visitors can observe a diverse marine life in the pools and gullies between the rocks. There is an abundance of starfish, crabs, Shrimps and Barnacles. Within the rock crevices at the tide line Octopus can be seen and in the deeper rock pools there are shoals of juvenile fish such as Sea Bream.

 

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When the tide is out a shallow lagoon is left on the beach. The lagoon is a safe popular stretch of water both for children and there parents, although in the lagoon visitors should take care as Weever fish can sometimes be found in these waters. These fish sting unaware swimmers if trod on, but the risk is minimal. The sea, when conditions are right, is a popular spot for surfing and bodyboarding, and in the season there is a surf school.

Please be aware that there is a strong undertow and current just of the beach.

Along the south east fringe of the beach there is an area of sand dunes. Beyond the dunes in the south there is a small settlement of mainly holiday homes. At the northern end of the beach there are panoramic views across this small cove.

 

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Access for the Disabled

The local authorities of the beach have taken great steps to make this beach very accessible to disabled people. In the car park some places there are allocated parking bays for disabled drivers displaying a European blue badge. From the car park there is a boardwalk slope, down to, and along the beach which provides easy access for wheelchair users.

There is also a Tiralo amphibious wheelchair provided, which makes the beach and the sea accessible, with support, for people with reduced mobility.

 

Facilities

During the summer season the beach is patrolled by lifeguards. Being an un-commercialised and natural beach here are no concessions for Lounger or parasols hire so it is advisable to bring your own on hot sunny days. There are toilets and showers close to the car park. There is also a public telephone and a First Aid Post. Praia do monte Clérigo has good beach restaurants.

 

Getting there

From the town of Lagos take the RN 120 road north towards Sines, Just before the village of Aljezur turn left, signposted to Vale da Telha, Arrifana and a brown sign posted to Praia do monte Clérigo. At the top of the hill turn right and follow the road round to the Praia do Monte Clérigo.

 

 

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