Together with the Cabo de São Vicente, Sagres forms the southwesternmost point of the European mainland. Here you’ll find a large lighthouse, which with around 90 kilometers nominal range (distance from which the light is barely perceptible with the naked eye at night) is among the most powerful in Europe. Furthermore, Sagres is located in the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano and Costa Vicentina, a nature reserve that stretches along the entire southwestern Portuguese coast.
In the Dromedário Bar (number 17 on the Vegan Map) in Sagres you can choose from various vegan burgers made with kidney beans, tofu, falafel and quinoa. There are also very delicious smoothies, bruschetta and salads. An equally delicious dessert of coconut and caramel completes the whole thing. The very friendly, also vegan living service helped us with the food choice and additionally gave us very helpful tips for the area.
With the dream beaches of Praia Arrifana, Praia de Monte Clérigo and Praia da Amoreira, Aljezur has the ultimate surf spots of the Algarve. But also the white old town on the slopes of the hill, on which Moorish castle ruins from the 10th Century sits enthroned, is worth seeing. At sunset, a particularly beautiful play of colors can be observed in the sky.
In the middle of the old town is the cultural center Moagem (number 18 on the Vegan Map). In the wonderful atmosphere of a former mill you can have a delicious vegan breakfast, lunch or dinner at Mó Veggie Bistrô. Here, the focus is on healthy food, primarily from organic ingredients. Currently (as of November 2017), the bistro is closed, a reopening is planned in the spring of 2018. By contrast, the cultural center offers a variety of events and workshops throughout the year, including yoga.
Update August 2018: The Mó Veggie Bistrô is not only reopened, but now completely vegan!
In Rogil (about 5 kilometers away) there is Onda Natural (number 19 on the Vegan Map), a really big and nice restaurant with garden. Everything is vegan except for two vegetarian appetizers. The menu includes a delicious hummus trio, two changing daily specials and a huge selection of delicious, home-made veggie burgers, either served classically in bread or as a plate dish. You can also get vegan mayo and for dessert panna cotta, brownies, ice cream and a homemade zucchini cream.
Located in a valley and on the slopes of Mount Fóia, the town is well-known as a health resort and among tourists above all because of the nearby six baths Caldas de Monchique and the 902 meter high panoramic mountain Fóia. Belonging to the mountains of Serra de Monchique, the mountain is the highest point in the Algarve and, therefore, southern Portugal. It is also the source of springs that fill a large part of the Algarve reservoirs and whose waters are considered to be particularly healthy.
In Caldas de Monchique, the restaurant Rouxinol (number 20 on the Vegan Map) serves vegan burgers, curries and wok dishes. The large and beautiful location offers enough seats (indoors and outdoors) for large events such as weddings. For this, the food is also much more expensive than we are used to, so for example, a curry is here 16 euros and a burger 12 euros.