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Vila do Bispo

Adventures in Algarve’s Far West

Close to the town of Lagos and the beach of Praia do Castelejo (surfers beach), Vila do Bispo is one of the most authentic concelhos (municipalities) in the Algarve region. This is the real Far West of the Algarve, where only 5,000 Portuguese residents live and where few expats have ventured in to start a new Portuguese life. Most of those who have, have chosen to buy a property in Sagres (2,000 inhabitants), the largest town in the municipality, where can lead a relaxed life in close contact with the fabulous nature of Cape Sao Vicente and genuine integration with the local Portuguese community. As to Vila do Bispo town itself, this is another white-washed Algarvean little town, which ban boast to have some 16th century Algarvean houses. If you do not need the night thrills of Albufeira, then Vila do Bispo, then Vila do Bispo still has its share of pleasant entertainment, with some good restaurants where you will taste amazing fish fresh from the ocean (the barnacles are not to be missed), as well as other land delicacies, such as wild boar or partridges.

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If you are looking to buy a property in Vila do Bispo, you will get your fill of sun in its wide variety of beaches to visit. And if you like history, you can take a stroll along the beautiful village of Raposeira, where prince Henry the navigator lived. Around Vila do Bispo’s coastline you can find towers and old fortifications, remains of times when Portugal in the middle of its Reconquista war, and was not such a peaceful environment as it is today. If you want to go back further in time, then, also in Raposeira you can contemplate its famous “menhirs” or “standing stones”, beautiful remains of the stone age. Settling in the Far West of the Vila do Bispo concelho can be an exciting adventure which does not need to be undertaken alone. Vila do Bispo can also be a family attractive place, offering activities such as golf, diving, hiking, surfing or horse riding. And remember to save some lazy Sunday afternoons for the Lagoa waterpark or the close-by Lagos Zoo.

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