Burgau is still popular with tourists probably because it still has some of its old world charm left. Extra building and development hasn’t spoilt it entirely, you can still find the original main cluster of cottages painted white and edged with powder blue. This row of cottages can be found near to the opening of the beach and hasn’t changed since I first started visiting over 20 years ago. The old covered bus stop with a bench inside is a meeting point for old men to sit in the shade and when you look down the main cobbled road you will think you are in a town in some old fashioned western. At midday there won’t be a soul on the road, they will be inside behind closed doors keeping out of the sun, down on the beach or sat outside on some terrace of a bar or restaurant.
There are several restaurants in Burgau. Ancora and Casa Padaria Pizzara are two that I recommend for good food, service and reasonable prices. For such a small town there seems to be quite a lot of bars. The Pig’s Head is very popular with expats and British tourists.
If you are renting a villa or an apartment of which there are many to choose from and need to buy shopping locally instead of travelling to Praia da Luz or Lagos then there is always Supermarket Dias&Fernandes . You can’t miss it as there are colourful baskets of fruit and vegetables placed outside on a bench in the street in front of the shop and a jolly striped awning covering. Inside the shop is quite dark and cluttered but if you look carefully you will find basics like bread, cakes, tea, coffee, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, deli counter, frozen food and even products from UK.
There is also a bakery, laundry, hairdresser, newsagents, gift shop selling pottery and a wine shop.
Burgau’s population does treble in size in July and August and the bars and restaurants will be bursting and very difficult to find a table if you don’t book. I prefer to stay away at this time of year. The beach is only small and soon fills up. It is a nicer experience in the quieter months to take a walk down to the slipway where the boats are and watch the fishermen bring in their catch of the day or watch them repair their nets. In the early morning it’s very relaxing to walk along the coast to Praia da Luz. There are some giant sized cacti along this part of the coastline and in early spring are often in flower and look very pretty standing back from the sun soaked rocks.
Don’t worry you don’t have to walk back to Burgau if you don’t want to. There is a bus on the hour until 8pm.
If you want a peaceful break away from the big resorts and are happy to go walking in the day and spend the evening wining and ding in a restaurant then Burgau is a good choice.