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The Algarve's West Coast, part of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park

THE ALGARVE'S
WEST COAST

The Algarve is not one place, but two...

First, there is the Algarve every traveler knows, the charming golden cliffs and sandy beaches from all the postcards, the one you think of when you think of "the Algarve." This is the famous, easy-to-love South coast, and you don't need my help to find it. I'm not even going to post a picture of it :)

But the Algarve has another side, a hidden side few know exist, and fewer know how to experience, a side you will only find if you know where to look and how to leave the crowds behind...

To begin, you must go West...
The Algarve's West Coast, part of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park
The Algarve's West Coast, part of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park

This is the Algarve's Costa Vicentina, aka the "West coast": 130km of untamed, jaw-dropping wonder.

The entire West coast of the Algarve is a protected national treasure, the Vicentine Coast Natural Park ("Parque Natural da Costa Vicentina"), one of Europe's last remaining and best protected coastal wildernesses.
 

Here are Portugal's tallest sea cliffs, most secret beaches, and most undiscovered landscapes. 

 

This is a land of soaring cliffs, crashing waves, howling winds, plunging ravines, secluded beaches, and endless raw, awe-inspiring nature. Roads here are few, trails are unmarked, beaches untouched.

 

Not even Google can help you find your way around this place.

The Algarve's West Coast, part of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park
The Algarve's West Coast, part of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park

This is the End of the World.

Imagine the map of Europe in your head: Now go down and down on the map until the land simply ends, and the map turns blue... you've arrived here, at the Algarve's Southwestern corner, where Europe ends and gives way to the Atlantic ocean.

Here lies the most remote and revered corner of the continent: The Cape of St. Vincent, a place thought for thousands of years to be the End of the World, a place that still today feels like it just might be.

This coastline is my office, playground, classroom, backyard, and home. Join me and explore a side of Portugal few know exist.

The Algarve's Cape of St. Vincent, on the Algarve's West Coast, part of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park.
The Algarve's Cape of St. Vincent, on the Algarve's West Coast, part of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park.
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Now follow me on a little journey to...

Portugal,

the end of Europe...

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The Algarve,
the end of Portugal...

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The West Coast,
the end of the Algarve...

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West Coast Hiking, Lagos Algarve Portugal, Vicentine Coast & Rota Vicentina

The cape of st. vincente,
The End of the World.

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