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Burgau

Burgau is a small village in the Western Algarve of Portugal; it is often seen as the Algarve’s version of Cornwall in England.  A picturesque village that still has a thriving fishing population and fishermen can still be seen repairing nets and lobster pots.

The village is very steep, many streets are cobbled, and some of the narrow pavements look like they might be private. But most will join the main roads in the village. There are many steps and steep climbs. If disabled or with limited mobility. You can still enjoy Burgau as there are many dedicated blue badge parking spaces down at the bottom near the beach. The beach is more like a cove bay being surrounded by large cliffs; one even resembles a pyramid in shape.

  The beach is sheltered in a bay with golden sand. Caution is needed with young children as the tide can come in fast and covers most of the beach. Caution is also need when parking down on the beach slops, as the tide has been known to cover vehicles.


Burgau has plenty of parking at the top of the village. Starting at the top gives opportunity to explore whilst making your way down to the many bars and good quality restaurants. Like most places if you want to sit with front side views of the village with sea views then expect to pay a little more for snacks and drinks. But well worth the sea view, It feels like you could be in the Mediterranean.

Those wanting a cheaper quality lunch or snack have a good choice at the top of the village. Places like Atomik are one such place that has a modern theme and clean. Just further along from Atomik, is one of the largest Hotels / restaurants that has a very colonial frontage. It was featured in the filming of One foot in the Algarve (part of the one foot in the grave). An English BBC television comedy drama back in the 1990s.

Overall the village is one of much charm with many whitewashed cottages and townhouses; it offers plenty to do and has many quality gift shops, mini supermarkets.






Hotel used for filming

Rooftop sea views

Many back street cafes/bars Narrow cobbled alleyways