Odeceixe – Casas do Moinho

Odeceixe – Casas do Moinho

There’s a special place on the west coast of Portugal that combines bucolic countryside with an impressive coastline characterised by astonishing beaches separated by dramatic cliffs, untouched landscapes, and a strong raw Atlantic essence hard to find elsewhere. Being Portuguese, I might sound suspicious talking about it but for me, it’s one of my favorite places in Portugal.

Odeceixe

The tiny village of Odeceixe, a name whose pronunciation will make you suffer and laugh at the same time, has a slow paced atmosphere, and a unique charm all of its own. Extremely calm out of season, its spirit changes in summer when it attracts a lot of water sports enthusiasts, campers and families, seduced by an amazing beach and a relaxed atmosphere.

Odeceixe

Odeceixe

All the action is focused on a single main street and a small square, Largo 1 de Maio, where there are a few cafés and restaurants, a couple of lively bars and mini-markets, and several craft shops.

The streets are narrow, the houses whitewashed, roofs are red tile and, upon a hilltop with panoramic views over the valley below, sits a blue and white windmill very near the place where we were going to spend our first night, Casas do Moinho.

Odeceixe

Odeceixe

When we arrived at Casas do Moinho, we could appreciate the sun disappearing behind the hill from our own private terrace, the perfect set to recharge some batteries before going to eat a traditional pork dish called Carne de Porco à Alentejana.

Odeceixe

Early in the morning, there was a yummy breakfast by the pool waiting for us and after having our bellies satisfied, we hit the road in direction of the beach, Praia de Odeceixe, only around 3km west of the village.

Odeceixe

We drove down the broad valley keeping parallel to the River Seixe which runs past Odeceixe through farmlands and swirls across a huge belt of sand into the ocean, creating a fascinating scenery. The road climbs up out of the valley floor through a hillside offering a wonderful view over the valley and river below.

Odeceixe

Odeceixe

Only 17 min away by car from Odeceixe, there is a village with remote origins, marked by various archeological remnants called Aljezur, where we only spend a few hours visiting the castle located on the top of the village.

 

The nearest beach, Arrifana is known as a popular surfing destination to many who travel to the Algarve, characterised by a long slip of pale sand sheltered by a crescent bay and accessed by a hilly path.

In the end of the day, we head back to Odeceixe, where we were about to experience something new.

Love, Pedro.

42 comments

  • Chrysoula
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    I have never heard of this place before but it looks fantastic and especially the beach. It really makes me want to go to Portugal even more.

    • Moments of Yugen
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      Thank you for your comment Chrysoula, we totally recommend to visit Portugal 😉

  • Drew
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    What a spectacular destination. I’ve only ever been to Lisbon, but I love the rustic coastline of Portugal. Certainly worthy of a return trip, that’s for sure!

    • Moments of Yugen
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      Thanks for your comment Drew! That’s for sure 😉 the rustic coastline of Portugal is beautiful.

  • Jasmin N
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    That place looks amazing! Oh I’d love to visit Portugal one day. I’ve only been to Madeira & even tho it belongs to Portugal I don’t count it as I’ve been to Portugal haha

  • Kanishka Acharya
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    Oh, I love love love beaches! The pictures are so beautiful, admirable and most of all satisfying to the eyes. Great post!

  • Prerna Garg
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    Never heard of the place before but your pictures are beautiful and make me think that the place is worth a visit! xoxoxo

    • Moments of Yugen
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      Thank you for your comment. Odeceixe is really beautiful but nearby you also can find other awesome places as well 😉

  • Bhusha
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    That kinda reminds me of Greece! The view and the hammock in your private terrace looks just perfect. The sea and beach makes me wanna gake a break!

    • Moments of Yugen
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      Actually, we are planning a trip to Greece 😉 Soon or later we will publish an article about it on our blog 😉

  • Monika
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    Omg i always wanted to go to portugal.. and this place looks like paradise !! Another reason to add it to my bucket

    • Moments of Yugen
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      Great Monika 😀 After going let us know how was your experience in Portuguese lands 😉

  • Heidi
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    Such a beautiful photos! I have never heard of this place before but now I want to go there

  • David Elliott
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    I love all of the beautiful pictures of Portugal. Looks like you had an amazing time. I dated someone who said it was gorgeous there and she was right from what you have shown me here.

  • Perla
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    What a beautiful view, you definitely took some amazing photos. Never been to Portugal, though is not that far from my country.

    • Moments of Yugen
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      Thank you Perla! Is time to go ;-P and fi you need any hint about it let us know 🙂

  • Sabine
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    Portugal was one of the countries that stole my heart! I loved lissabon and st Rafael beach!

  • Tamshuk
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    This is a special place indeed. The spectacular views of the sea with the stunning backdrop of the mountains is truly amazing. Beautiful pictures. Definitely worth a visit among other places in Portugal.

  • Suruchi
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    The name of the place Odeceixe actually made me suffer while pronouncing it. The beach looks so calm, clean and pristine. I loved the hammock on your terrace and guess it will be offering you awesome views too.

  • quirkywanderer
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    Had never heard of this place before (I looked up the pronunciation :D)
    Such stunning landscapes. Loved the pictures. The town looks so idyllic!

  • Ana Ojha
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    Never heard of this place before but your pictures speak for itself how beautiful this place is! The landscape looks quite surreal!

  • authenticfoodquest
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    Cannot wait to visit Portugal. Everything I read about the country, I discover a new region or area. The village of Odeceixe looks like a well-kept secret. So quiet and pristine. Adding it to the list of places to visit in Portugal

  • Buddy The Traveling Monkey
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    I can’t wait to visit Portugal one day. Odeceixe looks bright and colorful, perfect for a weekend holiday. I’d love to visit the castle in Aljezur too, the views look pretty awesome!

  • Carmen's Luxury Trvl (@carmensluxtrvl)
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    e Portugal so any excuse to go back, right? Stunning photos. Thanks for sharing and happy travels 🙂

  • mappingmegan
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    I would love to visit Odeceixe! Your favorite place in Portugal being Portuguese is a pretty good recommendation as far as I’m concerned!

  • Lindsay | Carpe Diem OUR Way
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    What a beautiful place. I am a beach junkie and spending come time in the village of Odeceixe sounds like a great getaway to me!

  • Veronica
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    Big compliments to your blog and style! This is the first time I am visiting your blog and it is beautiful.
    I will be traveling to Portugal next month and now I am putting this place on my itinerary

    • Moments of Yugen
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      Thank you very much Veronica, are comments like yours that inspire us to continue with our work 😀 If you need any more hints for your Portugal trip let us know. Happy travels

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