What it’s Like to Live in Aljezur… Should You Move Here?

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James Cave / Last Updated: May 13, 2022 / Posted in: The Algarve

Aljezur is a small town in the far north of the Western Algarve, less than 20 minutes’ drive from the Algarve-Alentejo border. The town sits on the edge of the Park Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa, the protected natural park that covers most of the Western Coast of the Algarve.

The town has several restaurants, cafés, and an Intermarché supermarket, and many people use it as a base for exploring this part of the Western Algarve and the lower Alentejo region. It’s also close to many wonderful Algarve beaches including Praia da Arrifana (9.4 km), Praia da Amoreira (8.6 km), and Praia de Odeceixe-Mar (18.3 km).

Aljezur itself also has a few attractions including the Moorish castle that sits on top of the hill and overlooks the town. One of several castles from this period of Algarve history, it offers fantastic views of the nearby countryside and a tiny glimpse into what life might have been like back then.

Photos of Aljezur

Supermarkets & shopping

Aljezur has a large Intermarché supermarket as well as a few smaller minimercados dotted around the town. There’s also a local market, the Mercado Municipal de Aljezur, that sells local fruit and vegetables, meats, and freshly-caught fish.

Public transport & getting around

If you’re staying in Aljezur, it’s definitely a good idea to have a car. Bus services are very limited, and they mainly go to other towns as opposed to many of the more remote areas that you’ll want to visit (beaches on the West Coast, for example).

There’s also no train line in Aljezur. The Algarve’s trainline goes as far as Lagos and from there you’ll need to either get a bus or taxi to Aljezur. For train tickets and timetables visit cp.pt.

Local bus services are provided by Eva Bus. For longer-distance coach services look at Rede Expressos, BusBud, and Flixbus.pt.


  1. Aljezur is great! But you don't need a car necessarily. Get there by bus and rent a scooter. They have a great scooter rental that can get you free pickups from the bus station!


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