With the sun shining outside and the hot temperatures coming in, everyone starts to think about their summer holidays. While some people prefer to spend them visiting sights and cities, others prefer to lay down in the sun, close to the beach or swimming pool.
If you’re in the 2nd group, then this post is for you. Though I love to explore new cities, their history, museums, historical center and all, every now and then (about once a year) I need to get some sun, switch off my brain and think about nothing but sunscreen and good food. I’ve been to a couple of really famous beach destinations but the place that I love the most is… Berlenga.
By now all Portuguese readers are surely laughing. Berlenga is a small, very small, archipelago located 45 min away from the Portuguese coast. It’s easily reachable by boat, with several departures per day, and consists of a bigger island (492 feet x 262 feet) and some smaller rocks. There’s no drinkable tab water, only one restaurant, one camping site and one small B&B with 6 double rooms. Wondering about cellphone connection? Just climb a small stone and you’ll catch it.
Berlenga is only inhabited by a small fisherman community but receives many visitors (several dozens, every day) as it’s known for its unique fauna and flora. While rare plants grow in its granite soil, many birds choose the island to build their nests. No wonder Unesco classified it as World Natural Biological Reserve! Its limpid blue waters are perfect for those who like to snorkel, to dive or to take a small boat trip.Since it’s main beach is protected by the island itself from both sides, the water is calm and the beach is perfectly safe for kids or inexperienced snorkelers.
The reason why I love it is simple: when I’m really busy in Lisbon (and though I love what I do) it’s nice to spare for a couple of days, away from everything, without stress, tv or internet. Wake up with the birds’ noise, enjoy the sun, snorkel and fill my stomach with some fresh fish, fished that same morning.
Have you been there? Would you sleep in a place inhabited by seagulls? Share your thoughts with me and this post with your friends.