Odeceixe is a classic little Portuguese village. Just three kilometres from the beach, it’s quiet, authentic and has plenty to do when you’re not at the beach.
It’s right on the Rota Vicentina, a trekking trail that leads 350-kilometres north from Europe’s south-western tip. It’s perfect for day walks as well as shorter and longer hikes; you can choose to follow the coast on the Fisherman’s Trail or detour inland to visit villages on the Historic Path.
Odeceixe is also on the River Seixe; there’s a riverside walking path that leads to the beach.
The village itself has traditional tavernas specialising in seafood such as sardines, octopus and goose barnacles (a local delicacy). You can wander the town’s cobbled streets, check out the ancient windmill with canvas vanes or shop for locally made souvenirs such as olive-wood bowls, ceramic cups or hand-made baskets.