Section 6 - Alentejo

Vila Nova de Milfontes / Melides

Section 6 has a special feature being the only section that begins and ends in Alentejo.

Starting from Vila Nova de Milfontes you can see a view with a mixture of river and sea with a unmistakable beauty. Here you can’t miss visiting the beaches, the lighthouse, the St. Clement Fort, the fishing port “Portinho do Canal” or take a walk by the Mira River that here flows into and where you can enjoy a remarkable and balanced ecosystem.

On the way to Porto-Covo you can admire a typical Alentejo landscape, fascinating especially in the spring with the presence of yellow lupin fields and poppies with yellow and red color predominate.

Following trip also passes through the beautiful Pessegueiro Island, which can be spotted from the beach as well as the Fort of the same name. Near the beach you can also see the Nossa Senhora da Queimada Fort.

Porto-Covo is almost an obligatory stop, a typical village and beaches almost reaching Sines, it becomes difficult to choose in which to stop.

In Sines, despite its industrial complex, you can’t fail to visit the Bay. As you continue your journey you will find the beautiful Santo André and Sancha Lagoons that make up the Lagoas de Santo André and Sancha Natural Reserve. Continuing north you will reach the village of Melides, which ends this section.

Part of this section is included in the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, from Vila Nova de Milfontes to São Torpes.

Visit Alentejo; Zupa Sky; Município de Odemira

Points of Interest

Heritage: 14
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  • Church of Nossa Senhora das Salas
    The Church of Nossa Senhora das Salas is an extremely popular centre of devotion to the Virgin Mary, in particular amongst fishermen. The chapel was commissioned by Vasco da Gama, who was born in Sines, close to...

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  • Sines Castle
    The surviving remains of the original mediaeval structure of Sines Castle include the walls crowned by battlements and the keep. The walls include Visigoth architectural elements that formed part of a church built before the seventh...

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  • The classification of this monument includes the Forte da Ilha de Dentro situated on the island. In the ruins of the mainland fortress there are two ramparts and the moat, as well as a barracks and chapel in the main section.

  • On the southern coast is the extensive, but sheltered bay of Sines, and perched above it lies the town with its mediaeval castle.

    The marina, situated close to the small Atlantic beach has 230 berths. Besides the usual facilities (reception,...

  • A very important Carmelite sanctuary, especially for inhabitants of Santiago do Cacém and of Santo André. The sanctuary serves as a place of meditation and other spiritual activities.

    The interior includes a statue of Nossa Senhora da...

  • Standing on a hill overlooking the town, the castle is notable for its cubic turrets and crenellated barbican which encircles the castle walls. Adjacent to the castle is the parish church founded in the 13C by the knights of the Order of Santiago....

  • Roman ruins of Miróbriga
    Fortified settlement dating from the End of the Bronze Age and Iron Age. A city was built on the site during the Roman era. Visitors can see the remains of temples, a commercial zone, thermal baths, pavements, a...

  • Amongst the museum's collections, attention is drawn to its displays of numismatics and archaeology, the latter depicting the human occupation of the region since the Upper Palaeolithic era.

    In the ethnographic collection, attention is drawn...

  • Gothic church from the 13th c., modified in the 16th c. in manueline style.

Nature: 6
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  • Located in the Alentejo, the  Lagoas de Santo André and Sancha Natural Reserve occupies a 15km-wide coastal sector inland from the shoreline, in the municipalities of Sines and Santiago do Cacém.The Natural Reserve consists of the Lagoa de...

  • Journey into this park that has over 200 animals. The thrill of the Wild awaits you.

    Buffaloes, lamas, wild boars, ostriches, giraffes, tigers, kangaroos, emus, zebras, yaks, stags, deer, from the four corners of the world, have all...

Beach: 46 Information: 4 Bike Shops: 3 Accommodation - Campsite: 9

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