Monte Clérigo: This Secret Beach In Algarve Is A Paradise Waiting To Be Discovered ♦ Born seven kilometres from Aljezur and close to areas such as Vale da Telha or Arrifana, this postcard includes a few dozen houses, mostly built about 40 years ago. Although some of them are for short term rentals only, most of them are families that will spend the summer there from generation to generation. The routine is wonderful: all-day sea diving, afternoon fried moray eel and warm cream puffs before falling asleep. Secrets From Portugal will bring you all the details about this amazing diamond o the rough, keep reading.
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The beach is long and wide enough not to hear the conversation from the side and to be able to sleep in the nap without taking with the sand from the feet of a more restless kid. When the tide is out, the rocks form dozens of natural pools that for hours function as small outdoor whirlpools.
The more adventurous are ordered to walk among the rocks to the most hidden areas where you can easily catch gooseberries and mussels for a sunset dinner. The sunset that has a special mystique on the beach of Monte Clérigo – and is capable of marvelling any Instagram feed.
Although the days are amazing, it is at dusk – when only locals and some tourists stay – that the beach becomes most special. Most houses have sea views, so it is common to join small groups on each terrace to enjoy the scenery.
It must be said that although it is in the Algarve, Monte Clérigo is a well-preserved corner that has nothing to do with the bustle of Vilamoura, Portimão or Albufeira. You should go there if you are looking for a quiet holiday, always with slippers on your feet – and with a lot of seafood for the meal.