This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Vila Nova de Milfontes.
Nestled along the western edge of Portugal’s rugged Alentejo coastline, Vila Nova de Milfontes offers visitors a perfect beach resort atmosphere – minus the crowd of tourists. Known as a “hidden gem” of Portugal, this stunning coastal town is a great escape for anyone looking to relax and enjoy the area’s ideal climate.
Since Vila Nova de Milfontes is located within the Costa Vincentina de Alentejano National Park, developments are required to conform with the region’s natural beauty – preventing the intrusion of larger tourist infrastructure. However, there are still a number of hostels and hotels available in the town. Most hostels and hotels cater to Portugese tourists rather than foreign visitors, giving guests at these local hostels a feel for the “real” Vila Nova. Still, accommodation in this town books up quickly during the busy summer months, so visitors traveling during this season will need to plan ahead.
The beach at Milfontes is picturesque and beautiful, although tourists should be prepared for the cooler, Atlantic waters. Visitors to Vila Nova can enjoy the perfect Mediterranean climate by walking or cycling along the coastline of this national park, and the swells of the Atlantic Ocean provide great waves for surfing and bodyboarding.
With few foreign tourists visiting the area, Vila Nova offers great value for guests – from inexpensive public transportation to moderately priced drinks and meals at the town’s selection of bars and restaurants. Those looking for a budget stay at a local hostel will definitely appreciate what Vila Nova can provide.
However, it can be difficult to access this remote community from the airport. Buses are available from Lisbon or Lagos, but public transportation in the area is quite limited, and there are no trains. This intercity transport is safe and reliable, though, and very reasonably priced for tourists looking to explore this beautiful part of Portugal.
Written by local enthusiast for Vila Nova de Milfontes hostelsJakob Lombardi