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The Undiscovered Town Of Monte Gordo

14th June 2012: Algarve Property News

Written by Come to Portugal

The town of Monte Gordo is a large and spacious one, with many of its typically wide streets dedicated to pedestrians. It was once a thriving fishing village with a wide variety of fish species due to the warmer waters of the Mediterranean. Monte Gordo is just a few kilometres from Vila Real de Santo António, practically on the border of Spain, but the two towns differ in many ways.

The Casino Hotel opened in Monte Gordo in the late 1990s and helped bring about big change, mostly in the form of the high-rise apartment buildings which followed. Its long, wide, golden beach stretches for miles and remains unspoiled with no buildings on the beach side to ruin the coastline view of the town. With warmer Mediterranean waters creeping in, the location has become very popular with summer visitors.

There are many lengths of beach decking which enable reasonable access for disabled people and for pushchairs. There is also a small, attractive park which offers plenty of seating in the shade to escape the hot summer sun.

Monte Gordo has many good Portuguese restaurants along will the feel of being traditional and not a tourist town, especially perhaps in comparison with Albufeira which is popular with English tourists and has many bars and restaurants catering for them.

Ample pay-to-park facilities are provided very close to the beach along the promenade where there is a monthly antique market held on the fourth Saturday of every month.

Monte Gordo's promiximity to Spain enables visitors to hop across the border by road to visit Ayamonte for a lunch of Spanish tapas.

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