Burgau is unashamedly a place for those who want to relax and unwind. There’s a timeless atmosphere about this unspoilt fishing village that invites you to sit and watch the world go by.
The village huddles around a picture book cove where fishermen still drag their boats up from the waves on a steep slipway. Narrow streets and lanes lead down to the beach, a band of golden sand between soaring cliffs.
The village has several restaurants and bars which cater to the international taste of the visitors. The small supermarkets in the village provide all the basic commodities but if you are self catering you may find it worth a trip into Lagos to explore the market and large supermarkets.
There is a bus service from the village although the bus shelter serves as the social club for retired fishermen. Taxis area also available from near the bus shelter. A hire car really is a good idea when staying in a small village resort.
The path east from the village leads out along the cliff tops and the scenery is simply spectacular. After one and a half miles the path drops down into the sandy bay of Cabanas Velhas. (Old Cabins)
The buildings and ruined harbour are where stone was taken to build the harbour at Portimao.
Up from the bay the path leads to the ruined fort where soldiers once guarded against Spanish invaders.
Beyond the fort the path drops down to Boco do Rio (Mouth of the river). This valley is soaked in history. There is a Roman villa exposed by the sea on the far side of the bay. The old sheds in front of it were once a fish factory with a tuna net stretched far out to sea.
Idyllic as the cove of Boco do Rio may be it is unfortunately no longer wise to swim here. The stream is at times polluted from the village upstream.
Beyond Boco do Rio the pathway continues along the cliff tops towards Salems although for many this seems like a good point to turn and follow the road home to Burgau.
Burgau now has several apartment complexes which are offered by the major holiday companies and there are villas, cottages and individual apartments available through the smaller holiday companies.
Burgau is one village where there are still rooms to let from private owners. Wander about the village looking for cards in the windows or hung by front doors. Unfortunately here, as nearly everywhere in the Algarve, your chance of finding somewhere to stay in high season is a little remote.
The village character of Burgau has made it a great favourite for family holidays. The beach is small and sheltered and it is easy to keep an eye on the kids.
Nightlife in the village is limited and many teenagers may find that the after dark scene lacks some of the appeal of Ibiza.
The steep cobbled streets that lead down to the beach are soaked in character but difficult for those who are not so steady on their feet. The elderly may find this rather limiting.
If your idea of a holiday is somewhere very unspoilt with interesting restaurants and romantic moonlight strolls along the beach then Burgau may be your holiday heaven.
For Summer 2001 Burgau has an exciting new development with the opening of Burgau Beach Hotel. The hotel stands above the eastern end of the delightful Burgau beach and many of the rooms have views over the village and golden sands.
Not nearly so appealing is the proposal that Boco do Rio should be developed into a marina and tourist town. The area is within a natural park and a unique wetlands nature environment.
If development of yet another boat park and concrete tinsel town is permitted it will be proof of the greed of property developers and corruption of government officials and politicians.
It would also be the effective end of the Costa Vincenta nature park which has always been under pressure from developers who’s only interest in the Algarve is to take quick profit.
Burgau is only a few minutes drive from Praia da Luz and if you are wanting quality accommodation with lots of facilities you might consider staying at The Ocean Club.
The area has many individual villas which are offered for holiday rentals. Continental Villas has a wide range of property in its portfolio. A villa with pool can work out amazingly good value compared to a family package holiday.
After you fall in love with this beautiful area you might consider buying a property for holidays or retirement.