Don’t they say “Save the best for last?”
Well in my case, after seeing many beaches on the Mediterranean coast, I thought there would be little left to surprise me. But I was wrong. The beaches of Castelejo and Cordorama from the Algarve are besides beautiful, one of the wildest I have ever seen. Here they are:
Their vertical cliffs, their big waves and the sand like grandma’s backing powder, made me put them on the top of my list. Even getting to them is not easy. They play hard to get and I am glad they do. You will see no beach bars, hear no music and the total amount of sun beds can pe counted on ten fingers.
What you will see though are surfers, clean beaches, clean waters a lot of free and untamed nature. Swimming is hazard in these waters, because the currents are strong and your survival instinct tells you not to take another step into the ocean. I havent seen anyone swimming. Those adventuring into the waves are the water sport fans.
The first time the sun set on Castelejo beach, it brought me to my knees. I could only watch and salute the enormous beauty of our planet. When the sun starts to sink into the ocean, your thoughts vanish.
It is a 6 km ride from Villa do Bispo through the hills of Algarve, and its steep but you’ll get there in a blink of an eye. I cycled every time to enjoy the landscapes and feel the south breeze on my skin. You can see all 4 beaches that start from Castelejo, which is the firts, by foot. If its low tide, of course. It ‘s an hour walk on the sand to get to the last beach but you will feel like it was 10 minutes. Castelejo is very popular amongst surfers because of its constant waves.
Another way to see all the beaches is from above, hiking the cliffs. You can do it by car, as there is a road, not paved but accessible. Also bike or by foot works just the same. You will feel like singing Berlin’s hit “Take my breath away” for a while. Don’t worry. It would be strange if you didn’t.