Starting with a cup of aromatic Portuguese coffee and a very fresh pastry in the morning in Aljezur at coffe shop Colmeia, we take the road heading west to the coast line.
The first beach we encounter is in the tiny fishing village of Monte Clerigo. Its been a bit of a drive and we could do with something to eat.
There is no better place to stop for lunch than at O Zé Restaurante where we had hake fillets, smoked salmon salad, melted goat cheese on crunchy country bread, that all made a delicious meal, washed down with some local green wine. All so very reasonable we marked it down to return another day.
Now on to examine the surfers paradise of the west coast.
Amado, with its surf classes looks like something out of a sixties hippy magazine, VW vans and campers lined up facing the sun,
with the occupants young travellers sitting on folding sun chairs catching the rays.
“How is it that the surfers are all so good looking?” one of our party proclaimed, watching the parade of young men and women carrying their boards down to the surf.
There is ‘Coffee Shop Amado’ with a mixed crowd of surfers and a few tourists, just in case you need another coffee.
Further along there are spectacular views from Carrapateira, which was originally a Moorish fishing settlement with the remains of their tiny rock houses perched on the cliffs.