burgau

Burgau - a former fishing port.

Set along the edge of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park sits a tiny village called Burgau.

The village belongs to the Vila do Bispo district and has around 450 residents. This old fishing port is now a paradise for tourists, who seek a relaxing getaway in the Algarve. You can reach Burgau by car or take a bus from Lagos, which stops in the village centre.

Once you arrive in Burgau, you will be greeted with a maze of whitewashed houses and narrow cobbled streets that lead down to the beach. 

Praia de Burgau is the most important attraction in Burgau. This small beach is surrounded by high cliffs and disappears almost completely when the tide is high so it’s worth checking the tide tables before you go. The beach has been awarded a Blue Flag and is among the top 10 beaches in the Algarve. In 2010, Burgau was considered the “quaintest beachside village in Europe” by the readers of the Lonely Planet.

Every morning before noon there is a small market near the bus stop where you can buy anything from fish to clothes and kitchenware. There are also a couple of shops around the town, but if you’re missing anything you can visit the nearest supermarket on the main EN125 at Budens.

Despite its size, Burgau has a great selection of accommodation sites, including a hotel and a few apartment rentals.

During the summer the village comes to life with events taking over the bars and the local cafés, but it’s pretty quiet during the spring and winter. The most important event in Burgau is the Burgau festival which takes place between the 20th and the 22nd of August.

The best way to explore Burgau is on foot, following the walking trails along the coast that connect to the neighbouring towns of Luz in the East and Salema on the West. If you have a car you can venture even further and visit the mountains of Monchique or the most southwestern point in Europe, Cabo São Vicente in Sagres.

Explore this region by following our Vila do Bispo tour. Also read about Vila do Bispo, Vila do Bispo beaches and Sagres.

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