6/8/14

Porto Covo, Portugal


Porto Covo is one of the two civil parishes in the municipality of Sines and it's located in the western coast of Portugal (part of the Sudoeste Alentejano and Costa Vicentina Natural Park), about 170 km from Lisbon and is well known for its beaches. 


Porto Covo was a small fishing village and the name "Covo" probably comes from covo, a kind of fishing nest to capture lobsters and crabs.
Since 1990, it has become a popular destination for tourism due to its beaches (many of them being only small coves between rocks), natural beauty, the charming rows of immaculately whitewashed houses and fine dining. 


Porto Covo is a popular holiday destination among the Portuguese. No mass tourism, but in summer just pretty busy.
Right by the village, Praia Grande Beach has all the characteristics of an urban beach with 
both good means of access and services and facilities. Surrounded by rocky cliffs, the sheltered sands are bathed in clean waters that on occasion throw up waves capable of attracting the surfing community.



Praia Grande and the Beach of Pessegueiro Island are the widest and the most accessible, but the whole parish’s coast is full of small beaches with fine sand and clear waters, separated by large rocks, that look like they were made to create a feeling of intimacy and exclusivity.
Vieirinha, Oliveirinha, Foz, Burrinho, Samouqueira (the magnificent Samouqueira…), Pequena, Espingardeiro, Búzios, are some of the names of these treasures as small as they are precious. All these beaches have good sanitary conditions, but some of them have a difficult access and have no permanent surveillance.
 

Near the village there are two fortresses from the end of the sixteenth century, the time of King Filipe I of Portugal (Filipe II of Spain): one in the Island of Pessegueiro, which is now in ruins, and the other in the coast, just in front of it. These were built to contribute to the defense and surveillance of the area, which was supposed to become an important maritime port.

Pessegueiro Island

Pessegueiro Island is one of the municipality’s most interesting places, either from the historic or from the landscape point of view. The island has ruins of a Roman port and in the cliff in front of it stands the Pessegueiro Fort. A channel separates the island from mainland, crating a beautiful beach with good conditions for windsurfing and spear-fishing. During summer it’s possible to visit the island on organized boat trips from Sines and Porto Covo. 
Pessegueiro Island is a part of the parish and a song of Rui Veloso took the name of these parishes, and made it known among the Portuguese.


The climate is warm and temperate in Porto Covo. In winter there is much more rainfall in Porto Covo than in summer.  The average temperature in Porto Covo in winter months can go as low as 4ºC and in summer up to 40ºC.

e Autumn months are generally quite mild, with the ocean waters reaching pleasant  temperatures and the winds dying down. - See more at: http://www.rotavicentina.com/the-region/clima/?lang=en#sthash.VpH7ShvM.dpuf

From March on, sunny days alternate with rainy days and temperatures start to rise. The reborn landscape and the intensity of the colours and aromas make Spring one of the best seasons to visit the area. - See more at: http://www.rotavicentina.com/the-region/clima/?lang=en#sthash.VpH7ShvM.dpuf
All Summer season, particularly July and August, when is too warm, is not the best season to walk in the Rota Vicentina. - See more at: http://www.rotavicentina.com/the-region/clima/?lang=en#sthash.VpH7ShvM.dpuf
The Autumn months are generally quite mild, with the ocean waters reaching pleasant  temperatures and the winds dying down. - See more at: http://www.rotavicentina.com/the-region/clima/?lang=en#sthash.VpH7ShvM.dpuf

















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