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Everything you want to know about Burgau, Algarve

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

If you're planning a trip to the Algarve, don't miss out on Burgau. This charming fishing village is one of my favorite beach towns towns in this region, and it's not hard to see why. Located just 10 kilometers from Lagos and an hour's drive from Faro Airport, Burgau boasts a picturesque setting, with cobbled streets, whitewashed houses, and a sandy beach. In this blog, I'll tell you all about why Burgau is worth a visit and what you can expect to see and do here.

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Best time to visit

Things to do

Where to stay

Burgau, Algarve, Portugal
Burgau, Algarve

It's easy to fall in love with Burgau's charming village atmosphere and its stunning surroundings. The beach of Burgau is known for its crystal clear waters and soft sand, making it the perfect spot for swimming and sunbathing. But if you're up for some adventure, there are plenty of opportunities for water sports such as surfing, kayaking and stand-up paddling.

What makes Burgau truly unique is its location in the heart of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park. This protected area is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna and offers breathtaking views over the rugged coastline. So whether you're a nature lover, a beach bum, or a thrill-seeker, Burgau has something to offer for everyone.

Burgau, Algarve, Portugal
Burgau town centre, Algarve

The village has spread out from the old centre a little bit with a few new holiday accommodations but all buildings and houses are still mostly low rise. If you're looking for the perfect place to stay near the beach, make sure to check out my beach flat on Airbnb!

The steep town centre streets take you straight to the beautiful main beach, Praia do Burgau. A white sandy cove situated on the clear blue Atlantic and its white washed houses leaning crookedly against each other up the hilly landscape, make this place a true gem!

Burgau, Algarve, portugal
Burgau, Algarve

The best time to visit Burgau

I would recommend staying here anywhere between March and November. Winter can be (a little too) quiet and tranquil in the town and most cafe's and restaurants are usually closed. However the weather in winter is still great. Enjoy your morning bica (espresso) under the Algarve sun whilst watching the surfers walking down the cobbled streets into ocean.

Summer can be busy and (in my opinion) a little too touristy. That's why spring and fall are perfect for traveling to the Algarve. The weather is beautiful, everything is open and there are not to many crowds.

Things to do in Burgau

Burgau is perfect if you're into outdoor activities like hiking (there are some beautiful hikes around!), supping, surfing, climbing and coasteering. You will also find many cute fishing villages around to visit like Salema, Sagres and Praia da Luz. The Larger town of Lagos and it's beautiful Ponta de Piedade is also definitely worth visiting!

Wondering where to eat in Burgau? Look no further! Wether you're searching for the perfect sunset drink, traditional Portuguese dinner or the best breakfast in town, I've listed my favorite places in Burgau for you.

All together, this is important to keep in mind when visiting Burgau:

  • It's a small fishing village next to a larger beach resort

  • There are a handful of cute restaurants and cafe's

  • The best time to visit Burgau is spring and fall

  • It's the perfect place to visit if you love the outdoors and beaches

Where to stay

There are many nice places to stay in and around Burgau. The town is small so where ever you stay, you will never be far from the beach! You can either have a look for yourself or have a check out my recommondations in and around this cute little town below the map. 👇

Filha do Pisco

A brand new cozy beach apartment 200 meters from the beach

Casa Terra

A beautiful Portuguese farm house with a phenomenal view.

Fortaleza sea view Villa Miramar - Downstairs Apartment

A comfortabel downstairs apartment nicely decorated with a large terrace.

Casas Sul

An comfertable appartement in the cute little town centre with an amazing ocean view.


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