Recharge your batteries on an Algarve holiday in the peaceful resort of Monte Gordo. This small town is perfect for getting away from it all and making the most of the top-notch sun, sea and sand in the south-east corner of the Algarve. Monte Gordo is ideal for both families and couples. Kids will love the beaches here, which stretch for miles. Found on one side of Monte Gordo’s main street, the beach is the town’s main attraction. When you’ve worked on the tan sufficiently for the day, cross the road to the shops, restaurants and bars which line the promenade.
Active holidaymakers will find plenty to keep them occupied in Monte Gordo. The area around the town is generally flat, so it’s ideal for walking or cycling. You can easily hire a bike in Monte Gordo and pedal to some of the local sights. Those who are a little more adventurous can try their hand at watersports such as kitesurfing and windsurfing. If you’ve packed the clubs on your holiday to Monte Gordo, then there’s several golf courses within easy reach too.
It’s a great idea to hire a car on your holiday to Monte Gordo. You can reach many of the Algarve’s main attractions in a jiffy - towns, villages and the impressive Ria Formosa national park. One of the big plus points of a holiday to Monte Gordo is that you’re a stone’s throw from the border. Why not hop into Spain for a day trip?
Just a couple of minutes west of Monte Gordo, Altura is a low-key resort with a quiet beach. If you fancy a change of scenery from your sunlounger, then Altura is a great option. You won’t even have to go far for lunch, with several restaurants lining the coast. If you’ve got kids (or feel like showing off to them) there’s loads of watersports available in Altura. Windsurfing, jet-skiing and waterskiing are all on offer.
It’s less than four miles to the Spanish border from Monte Gordo, so why not take advantage of your location and visit Portugal’s neighbours. One of the first places that you’ll come across is the town of Ayamonte. It’s a historic town that’s perfect for a stroll along its cobbled, winding streets. You can even pick up a souvenir or two. When lunchtime rolls around, stop off at one of the traditional Spanish restaurants and order a few dishes of tapas.
One of the nearby resorts that should be on the top of your list to visit is the village of Cacela Velha, on the outskirts of Monte Gordo. It’s a traditional Algarve village, with whitewashed houses and narrow lanes. It’s brilliant for a gentle stroll, as you pass the church and waterfront fort. The views over the coastline are superb too.
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Wildlife in Castro Marim
The nearby town of Castro Marim is good for a wander if you’re interested in seeing the remains of a castle and fort. But it’s nature lovers who will really enjoy a visit here. There’s a large area of salt marshes lying between Castro Marim and Monte Gordo. It’s home to loads of wildlife. There’s more than 150 species of birds, including storks, sandpipers and flamingos. If you’re lucky, you’ll also catch sight of reptiles and small mammals.
Hiring a bike in Monte Gordo is a great way to explore the Algarve coastline and surrounding countryside. The pretty city of Vila Real de Santo António is only a couple of miles away and it’s an easy, scenic ride through pine trees. If you’re feeling more energetic, head westwards and pass the lagoons of the Ria Formosa.
If all you feel like doing is sitting back and relaxing, then you can still get a glimpse of the countryside on your Monte Gordo holiday. Hop aboard one of the boats sailing up the Guadiana River, which provides the natural border between Spain and Portugal. There are several companies that run day-long boat cruises from Monte Gordo.
Beaches in Monte Gordo
Monte Gordo’s gorgeous beach is one of the main reasons why holidaymakers head here. This stretch of golden sand runs for around eight miles from Altura to the mouth of the Guadiana River. It’s a great beach for older holidaymakers, with no steep cliffs to climb down - as you can find in other areas of the Algarve. The beach is on the same level as the town, so you’ll be basking on the sands in no time.
Expect to find loads of fresh fish on the menu on your holiday to the Algarve. There’s a huge fishing industry in this part of Portugal so you’ll get delicious sea bass, swordfish and bream, along with prawns, octopus and clams. It’s all generally at bargain prices too. You also have to try the Portuguese favourite of Piri Piri chicken. You’ll never be far away from this spicy treat.
Restaurants in Monte Gordo
All you need to do is wander down Monte Gordo’s main street to come across a great range of restaurants and bars. Every budget is catered for, with traditional Algarve grub on offer alongside more familiar international cuisine.
If you’re on the lookout for a relaxing holiday to the Algarve, then you can’t go wrong with Monte Gordo. It’s a great place to chill out on the beach, get a good look at the scenery and tuck into the delicious local food and drink. It couldn’t be simpler to reach Monte Gordo when you book your trip with easyJet holidays. What’s more, you’ll save yourself some money when you book a hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays. Still not convinced? Take a look at our other Algarve destination guides.