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  • Meia Praia

    • Meia PraiaWith soft, white sand, Meia Praia is one of the largest bays in Europe and benefits from a calm sea due to its length. It's lack of rocks makes it ideal for nautical sports. Even when there is a strong wind, you can find delightful sheltered sandy coves between the cliffs. Approximately 10 minutes by car.

       

  • Praia da Batata

    • Praia da Batata is a little beach nestled between two small cliffs where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is also known for the small music festivals that take place there during the summer. Approximately 5 minutes by car.

  • Praia dos Estudantes

    • Praia dos Estudantes is a tiny sandy beach, sheltered by rock formations that extend out to sea, offering calm, shallow rock pool in which to bathe. Tunnels have been dug by hand into these cliffs: one to the west which gives access to a small beach and another to the east which links to the nearby beach of Praia da Batata. This beach has a humid, salty atmosphere and a strong smell of the sea. This is located about 5 minutes by car. Other tourist facilities include a restaurant at the top of the cliff which unfortunately is unsupervised. Direction is Southeast / East.

  • Dona Ana

    • Praia Dona AnaDona Ana is probably the beach most frequented by tourists. This beach is essentially split into two beaches with a protruding cliff separating the two sides at high tide.The sand on Dona Ana is slightly coarser than on the beaches in the neighbouring area, and the beach itself is surrounded by lovely rock formations. When you look at the rock formations they come alive forming many different shapes and characters. Approximately 10 minutes by car.

  • Praia do Pinhão

    • Praia do Pinhão is a little beach that can be reached through a pedestrian trail from the Dona Ana beach or from over the top of the cliff. The beach is small and nestled between high cliffs of intense and warm colours. A huge natural arch appears to spring from the beach and on the opposite side a viewpoint has been built with a stairway leading down to the sea, allowing visitors to dip in the sea without going through the sand. Located about 5 minutes by car. Limited parking with support equipment and monitoring during the bathing season. East side facing.

  • Praia da Boneca

    • This small cove forms a natural rock pool, sheltered by huge rock formations, including one that the popular imagination gives way to a woman, so the beach is called "Doll". The tours mask and fins for underwater rock formations surprises the different space and very colorful underwater world. Located about 5 minutes by car or 10 minutes walk from the lighthouse of Ponta da Piedade. Without support or monitoring equipment, and parking is very small. East side oriented.

  • Praia da Balança

    • It owes its name to a pillar located at the begining of sand that resembles a huge, historical balance of dishes. It appears to be the first beach on the east face of the promontory of the Ponta da Piedade. From Lagos you can make boat trips to enjoy the design of the shoreline, and to reach the sandy beach, since the land access involves some skill in terms of climbing. The beach is small and secluded, nestled between high cliffs which unfold in living color. Located about 5 minutes by car or 10 minutes walk from the lighthouse of Ponta da Piedade. This beach is without any support or supervision and parking is very limited. It's orientation is Southeasterly.

  • Canavial

    • Praia do CanavialThe beach name derives from the dense reed bed that develops around the water line. The beach access is via the hiking trails that traverse the cliff top, where small bushes and woods compose the trail down to the beach through stairs carved in the cliff. The beach is very narrow, sheltered by cliffs and scenically rugged, isolated and very quiet. Water transparency reveals submerged rock formations aesthetically aligned, forming a series of long ridges. Approximately 5 minutes walk.

  • Praia do Porto de Mós

    • Praia Porto de Mos

      The beach is located in a broad open valley, forming an extensive sandy beach framed by high cliffs. From the viewpoint of the Watchtower, located at the top of the cliff, the scenery is superb and when it is a clear day you can see the entire coastline to Sagres. In wet conditions a thick layer of clay forms on the base of the cliff which the locals say has medicinal properties. Although it is in close proximity to the city of Lagos, the area surrounding the beach still retains it's natural features and has very quiet sandy stretches. Located 2 minutes drive or 5 minutes by foot there is ample parking. It has various support facilities (restaurants and toilets) and is supervised during the bathing season. Accessible Beach. South Oriented.

  • Praia do Camilo

    • Praia CamilloA small sandy cove nestled within colourful cliffs and natural sculpted rock formations. To access this beach it is necessary to walk down approximately 200 steps, and then discover a tunnel leading directly to Praia da Luz. Approximately 5 minutes by car.

  • Praia da Luz

    • Praia LuzThis beach is located in the popular tourist town of Luz. Divided into two distinct areas, one with white and thin sand and the other with rock formations. The water is crystal clear, and the beach has been awarded and classified as Bandeira Azul, meaning that the sand, water and facilities are of top quality and in unspoiled condition. Here you can find watersport facilities and the beach is bounded on its Eastern side by the so-called Rocha Negra. Approximately 15 minutes by car from Lagos.

  • Praia do Burgau

    • Praia Burgau

      Part of the village of Burgau this beach has a more urban character and marks the western limit of the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina. The beach stretches along a small cove sheltered from the weather it still works as a fishing port where they still practice forms of artisanal fisheries.

      Also on this beach, as on Salema beach you can watch the boats return to land their catch after fishing. Within the cliffs is still possible to discern a XVII century fortification and the ruins of a lofty XVI century tower. It has some parking but meager space, various support facilities (restaurant and toilets) and it is supervised during the bathing season. South Oriented.

  • Praia das Cabanas Velhas

    • A small warm beach, sometimes it has no sand when the tide is high, with a modest inlet and cliffs where you can observe numerous recesses and cavities. The beach stretches to the east and it is possible to find peculiar rock formations. This little beach is frequented by bathers, and the pontoon has been used as the spring fishery. Located about 3kms from the village of Burgau,it has ample parking and has support equipment (restaurant and toilets) and supervision during the bathing season. South oriented.

  • Prai da Boca do Rio

    • Boca do RioTwo streams converge on this quiet beach, one from a very wide valley, creates a vast wetland which is currently used for agricultural purposes. Over the two valleys is possible to observe hydraulic devices, evidence of ancient human occupation of the site. At the mouth of the River was once an important Roman villa. In the remains of this settlement traces of frescoes and mosaics, baths, warehouses there was a factory for salted and pickled fish, with two associated cemeteries, so its probable there was a fishing port built here. It is possible, to access through this beach, the Fort of Almádena which dates from XVI.This beach is located about 3kms from Budens and can be accessed through this village and the cliff from the beach of Salema. It has ample parking, with no support equipment. There is a picnic area, located in a eucalyptus plantation, near the beach. South oriented.

  • Praia da Salema

    • The beach is part of the village of Salema, a small fishing village and works as a fishing port, with the central stretch of beach occupied by boats and related fishing gear such as pots or hooks and apparatus. Here is possible to observe the return of boats to the beach after the day of toil and taste the results at the tables of the various restaurants in town. The ruins of a Roman villa and a fish cannery also exist in Salema testifying to the long tradition of local fishermen. To the east, at Salema beach,the terrain becomes more wild and quiet. Carnivorous bipedal dinosaur footprints, which inhabited this region for about 140 million years can be observed on the rock walls of the cliff. There is organised parking here, with several support facilities (restaurant and toilets) and it is supervised during the bathing season. Beach accessible. Southerly direction.

  • Praia da Figueira

    • The pedestrian access to this beach is via a narrow trail that traverses one of the most beautiful valleys in the region, with green hills, areas of pine forest and towering rocky Alforia where you can admire huge caves. The beach is bordered by cliffs of warm colors with very curious forms, to the east can be seen, the ruins of a XVI century fortification. Located about 1 km from the village of Figueira, parking is cramped parking with no organisation which is 500m from the beach. It has no supervision or support equipment. Southeast oriented.

  • Praia do Zavial e das Furnas

    • Praia Zavial

      The beach is located at the mouth of a river, whose ripe vegetation and small pebbles reach the beach. This is broad and visited by surfers, but the spring stretch is more tranquil, with jagged cliffs and rock formations which locally are called hollows. You can access this section of beach by walking along the beach or via the top of the cliff. At nearby Zavial you can visit the ruins of a XVII century fortification. To the east of Zavial beach, there is the small beach called Furnas which owes its name to the shape of the cliff. It's a very quiet beach. Located respectively about 5 and 2 kms from the village of Raposeira, Zavial beach parking has no organisation but it has support facilities (restaurant and toilets) and is supervised during the bathing season, while the beach called Furnas has no organised parking, support equipment or surveillance. Both have a westerly orientation.

  • Praia da Ingrina

    • Along the way to the beach you can enjoy the megalithic monuments that people throughout this region have made - especially standing stones carved in white limestone. The beach is small, shell-shaped and looks heavenly. It's very inviting to swim in the calm waters of the bay. Scuba diving is encouraged at this beach, with a large area of ​​submerged rock formations to both the east and the west. Located about 4 kms from the village of Raposeira, this beach has ample parking but no organisation with support equipment (restaurant and toilets) and it is supervised during the bathing season. Southerly Oriented.

  • Praia do Barranco

    • BarrancoThe beach is at the mouth of one of the most beautiful valleys in the region. It is small but wide and at the end of the beach are cliffs of bright colours where the ruins of a XVII century fortress can also be seen. It is located 5kms from the village of Raposeira. There are no road signs but the beach has ample parking but no organisation, support facilities or supervision. Southerly Orientation.

  • Praia do Martinhal

    • MartinhalThis beach is located to the east of the village of Sagres and although it is sheltered from the prevailing winds and waves from the west and southwest tip of Whaling (where lies the fishing port of Sagres) is still quite windy due to persistent winds from the north entering the broad valley that extends inland. The waters are calm and inviting for both windsurfing and diving. There are beautiful underwater islets which are situated along the beach, famous for its rocky crevices and caves. Located 3 kms from the centre of Sagres, it has ample parking which is not organised, support facilities (restaurants and toilets) and surveillance in the bathing season. Southeast orientation.

  • Praia da Mareta

    • Mareta BeachPraia da Mareta is the first beach along the southern coast and lies within a large bay to the east of Cape St. Vincent, which protects it from the prevailing winds and waves. Part of the village of Sagres, Mareta beach is frequented and enjoyed for its gentle bathing and provides an excellent starting point for diving in the many caves and submerged creeks. On this beach traces of silos and medieval ovens may still be found which were used until the sixth century XVI. It has ample parking but its not organised, with support facilities (restaurants and toilets) and a beach nearby monitored during the bathing season. Southerly oriented.

  • Praia do Tonel

    • TonelAlthough less sheltered than the Beliche, it still falls within the cove enclosed by the Ponta de Sagres and Cape St. Vicente. The beach looks out at the Ponta de Sagres, with its steep cliffs, and Sagres Fortress, built in the XVI century. The chapel inside is said to contain the grave of S. Vicente. Located 500 metres from the centre of Sagres, it has ample parking with no organisation, and support facilities (restaurant and toilets) and is supervised during the bathing season. Westerly orientation.

  • Praia do Beliche

    • This beach is sheltered from the North and West winds settled into the wide inlet defined by the Ponta de Sagres and Cape St. Vicente. The beach seems to have been excavated into the high cliffs and is warm in colour. To reach the beach you must descend a wide staircase of stones. This is a very popular beach for surfing and bodyboarding. Located near Sagres (3kms), it has ample parking but no organisation, with nearby support facilities (restaurant and toilets) but is only supervised during the bathing season. Southwest Orientation.

  • Praia do Telheiro

    • Despite being relatively sheltered from the cold north winds, this is a quiet beach due to difficult access from the various footpaths leading to it. It is the last beach before the West Cape St. Vicente. Located near Vila do Bispo (7 kms) has no parking organisation, no support facilities and supervision. The path is not signposted and access is only recommended for all-terrain vehicles. Southwest oriented.

  • Ponta Ruiva

    • ponta ruivaThis beach owes its name to a huge pillar on the south side of the beach. Along the bay a famous wave that is well know amoung surfers is formed. The beach is very quiet, unmarked by humans. Located near Vila do Bispo, (6 kms) parking has no organisation, no support facilities and supervision. The path is not signposted and is recommended for all terrain vehicles only. Northwest oriented.

  • Castelejo

    • Praia Castelejo

      The cliffs here are tall and dark, with the tower of ASPA on the south cliff reaching over 140 metres. This beach is the most crowded in comparison with Cordoama, being very popular for surfing and body boarding, especially for schools in the locality. Located near Vila do Bispo (4 kms), it has ample parking which is partly organised with support facilities (restaurant and toilets) and it is supervised during the bathing season. Northwest Oriented.

  • Cordoama

    • cordoamaThis is a wide beach with sand stretching out of sight to both the North and South. Though this beach is often frequented by surfing and bodyboarding schools, you can always find some tranquility. The lofty cliffs reach more than a hundred feet high, and there is a natural viewpoint, which is often used as a jumping off point for parasailing. Located near Vila do Bispo (4 kms), it has ample parking which is not organised and support facilities (restaurant and toilets). It is only supervised during the bathing season. Northwest located.

  • Praia da Barriga

    • Praia Barriga

      This beach comes after a sharp bend of the road, in the final stretch of a valley wide and very green. It is a quiet beach, with interesting nooks generated by cutting the cliffs. Walking south you can reach at low tide the beach Castelejo, through Cordoama, and observe the rocky walls, with its blades overlapping intensely folded and deformed, the testimony of the incredible forces that these rocks were subjected. Located near Vila do Bispo (6 kms) and about 25 minutes by car. Parking is not orderly, with little capacity. Northeast oriented.

  • Praia da Murração

    • Already known as the "Jewel Vicentina", is a beach of great intact beauty and natural values, as it is little frequented. Thus the rare beach in the dune vegetation extends to the tide line, combining the green landscape with the blue ocean. Across the sand you can find rocks of curious shapes, shades and traces of ancient landslides. Located near Vila do Bispo and about 25 minutes by car. Parking is not orderly and tight, without supervision or support equipment. Path is not signposted and recommended only for vehicles all-terrain. Northwest oriented.

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