About Vila do Bispo
Vila do Bispo is a municipality with a total area of 179.0 km² and a total population of 5,381 inhabitants, which includes towns such as Sagres, Budens and Raposeira. It is a pretty town with the older, typical Algarvean houses clustered around the 16th century church. Vila do Bispo is only a short distance from the coast. So, not surprisingly, fish is the main feature of the menus, as it is in an area surrounded by the sea.
There are many places to explore in the vicinity of Vila do Bispo and it is perfect for walking. A large band of the western Atlantic coast from Sagres to Odeceixe is part of the protected Costa Vicentina park so there is plenty of scope for birdwatching and enjoying the multitude of different plants and flowers along the way. There are beaches that hardly anyone visits along this part of the south coast and the most south westerly point in Europe (Cabo de São Vicente) with amazing views is just a short distance away. This far western end of the Algarve is still relatively untouched by mass tourism and has beautiful beaches and lovely countryside. It is sometimes a little wild and windswept on the more exposed western Atlantic coast which is, of course, the reason it is a favourite with surfers from all over. It might be quiet but there is still plenty to do around Vila do Bispo - golf, diving, Blo-karting, surfing, horse riding.
Algarve Energy and Environment Agency – AREAL – has been working with Vila do Bispo since the year 2000 towards Energy Efficiency aiming the implementation of local sustainable energy policies. Vila do Bispo is a well placed location with respect to the use of wind energy, and actually two wind parks are installed in this Municipality in a total of 13MW of installed capacity. Vila do Bispo is also a Municipality wich cares about energy efficiency matters, and has recently subscribe to the “Carta Energética”, a Data based Geographic Information System Tool which allow a complete management of all Municipal equipments and information, namely energy data as energy audits, energy invoices, renewable installation, etc… .The participation in the MEDEEA Project and the development of a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) will certainly contribute to the recognition of Vila do Bispo as a green municipality and to the definition of an energetic strategy which can lead to significant results.