Even though it’s a small village, Aljezur has pretty much anything you’ll need.
Fish, of course, is a huge part of Portuguese life and in this region we have some of the best seafood in the country. The Mercado Municipal is your best spot for great fish. It’s open weekdays from 8 to 2, but go around 10am for the best and freshest selection. Prices are low, everything is of the highest quality. The women will clean, scale, gut and rinse everything for you at no extra cost. They’ll even tell you how to cook it.
You best bet for fruit and veggies is the Saturday morning farmers’ market. It’s at the Aljezur Multiuse Facility up the hill in the New Town (call us for directions). It’s a big ugly box of a building, but this is where the locals buy their food. Pretty much everything is local and seasonal. Many of the farmers don’t speak much English, but a bit of friendly smiling and pointing will get you by. The selection varies with the season, but if you buy what’s on offer you’ll eat great food for little money. Try to bring small notes or coins as change is sometimes hard to come by.
For the staples, there is a huge supermarket called Intermarche just near the roundabout. It’s an ugly thing (though the staff are friendly and helpful) but it stocks all the basics. Open from 8:30 to 8pm.
For minor medical things, the Intermarche carries a small but adequate selection of headache remedies, antiseptics and so on. For more serious matters, there is a pharmacy across the street.
There’s also a Spar and a Minipreco in the New Town. And on the main street of the Old Town there is a local mini-mart. They have a nice selection of wines, basic staples and a good selection of locally grown produce.
There’s a Chinese Shop (yes, that’s what it’s actually called) on the main road in town and one beside Spar. They have everything from light bulbs to sandals to shampoo and beach towels. If you need it and don’t know where to get it, you’ll find it there.
This should cover most of what you’ll need. But, if not, give us a call and we’ll point you in the right direction.