Say hello to the refreshing Vila Nova de Milfontes
Vila Nova de Milfontes is located in the southwest coast of Portugal, embraced by the Atlantic ocean. It is located about 200km from the capital Lisbon in the region of Alentejo and you can enjoy beautiful landscapes in your travel. It is one of the most beautiful villages in Alentejo, often called “the princess of Alentejo”.
Vila Nova de Milfontes is a civil parish in the municipality of Odemira of the Portuguese Alentejo region. The population in 2011 was 5.031, in an area of 76.48 km². The local currency is Euro €, the dial code +351, and the timezone WET. So, when it is noon in Portugal, it is 6am in New York.
The main economic activities of Vila Nova de Milfontes are tourism, trade and services, agriculture, livestock, fishing (the port of the Canal is the largest fishing port in the county), construction and forestry production.
Geography and appearance
Vila Nova de Milfontes is inserted in the Natural Park of the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast. This Natural Park covers the cost regions of Alentejo and Algarve, preserving a great diversity of coastal habitats. Due to its location, Vila Nova de Milfontes corresponds to a sea-land interface zone with very specific characteristics, providing a landscape with diversity of colours – from the fresh green to the deep blue ocean. The village is a charming town surrounded by a gorgeous coastline of rugged cliffs and sandy beaches, both of which are constantly pounded by the ferocious Atlantic Ocean.
What to do
There are different activities to explore in Vila Nova de Milfontes. For the more adventurous, beaches are ideal for surfing or bodyboarding and surfing equipment can be easily hired. If you want to have a more relaxed time, coastal walks are a good option, as well as enjoying a good swim. Bear in mind that although the sea is amazing, the water is always cold even in the height of the summer, as it is fed by the cold Atlantic Ocean. Also, there are many bars and cafes to enjoy the sunset.
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Name – “Vila Nova de Milfontes” (or “Thousand Fountains Village”, in English) was named after King D. João II in 1486 with the goal of making this village an important point for “thousands” of important commercial transactions.
Pirates – Situated on the coast, Vila Nova de Milfontes was often attacked by pirates in the past, who pilfered and assaulted the population and the vessels. To cope with this climate of fear and instability, at the end of the 16th century, the fort of São Clemente (also called “Castle of Milfontes”) was built as a defensive structure for Vila Nova de Milfontes. Fort of São Clement is located in the centre of the village and can be visited.
Flying – Vila Nova de Milfontes is linked to the great accomplishment of the Portuguese aviation related with the first crossing area between Portugal and Macau on April 7, 1924. In honor of the aviators and their historic feat, a monument was erected in the Plaza de Barbacã, next to the fort, that can be visisted.