Beaches

The 22 beaches in the east of Olhão up to the Spanish border are more flat and less spectacular than those in the West. In spite of this, or perhaps even because of that, they have a very distinctive charm. The shores are flat and the water has a pleasant temperature. A paradise also for untrained swimmers. 

A part of these beaches can only be reached by boat, the schedule depends on the season.

Tip: Please keep in mind at what time the last boat returns!

Large parts of this coastal area lie in the Ria Formosa, a unique natural reserve. Please use the wooden gangplanks if at all possible, in order to protect the dunes and the plants. 

Praia da Armona

Ilha da Armona

The beach is situated in the West, on the Ilha da Armona. You can reach it from Faro, Olhão or Fuseta by boat. There are diverse restaurants, cafés, snackbars as well as sanitary facilities. In the season are lifeguards on site. 

Be careful: By the mouth, between the islands, exists a very strong current!

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Praia dos Cavacos

The beach lies in the heart of the salt marsh and has a particular charm.

In Olhão, coming from the N125, you drive toward east. Roughly 1,5 km behind the last roundabout in town you turn right (direction Ald. a Marim) and remain on this road for approx. 1 km. There is an unorganised parking area and no infrastructure. 

The here prevailing tranquility is only disturbed by the railway line passing by in the vicinity. 

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Praia da Fuseta (Mar)

Ilha da Armona

The beach is located at the eastern end of the Ilha da Armona and can be reached by boat from Fuseta (well signposted from the N125 on), where you find good parking facilities.

Restaurants and sanitary facilities are available.

People swimming and bathing are supervised by lifeguards.

Be careful: At the mouth, between the islands, exists a very strong current!

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Praia da Fuseta Ria (Tesos)

Fuseta is signposted already on the N125 and parking places are available at the harbour (partly for a fee). The beach lies between the Ilha da Armona and the mainland, and it can be reached from the town within walking distance (200 m). 

There are diverse restaurants, cafés, snackbars and sanitary facilities. People swimming and bathing are supervised by lifeguards.

The beach has an access for people with disabilities. 

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Praia do Homem Nu

Ilha de Tavira (nudist beach)

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This calm beach can be reached walking (roughly 2 km) from the > Praia do Barril < to the West. 

There are no infrastructure and no lifeguards on the spot. 

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Praia do Barril

Ilha de Tavira

The beach and the locality > Pedras d´el-Rei < are well signposted on the N125. Big parking areas (partly for a fee) are at disposal. Please cross the wooden bridge; after about 150 m you reach a narrow-gauge railway, which carries you (for a fee: 1,50 €) to the beach being roughly 800 m away. Beside the railway line runs a solid foot path.

Here are restaurants, snackbars, cafés and sanitary facilities at your disposal. 

Lifeguards supervise people swimming and bathing.

The beach has an access for people with disabilities. 

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Praia da Terra Estreita

Ilha de Tavira

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You can reach the beach via Santa Luzia. The small town is well signposted on the N125 and in Tavira. There is a big and organised parking area near the jetties, from where you can cross over. A wooden gangplank goes from the landing to the beach (about 200 m). Alternatively, you can walk from the >Praia do Barril< or >Praia de Tavira< to the beach (each 1 km along the beach). There are a restaurant as well as sanitary facilities.

During the season are lifeguards in the field. 

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Praia da Ilha de Tavira

Ilha de Tavira

The beach and the jetties in Tavira are very well signposted, and big as well as organised parking places are available. There are diverse restaurants, cafés and sanitary facilities. 

Lifeguards supervise people swimming and bathing. 

Be careful: Near the port entrance exist strong currents!

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Praia do Forte da Barra

Ilha de Cabanas

The beach lies at the western end of the island, directly in front of the port entrance of Tavira. It can be reached by boat. Alternatively, you can walk from the Praia do Golden or the Praia das Cabanas along the water towards west. Here is no infrastructure, instead it is very calm and peaceful, even in August. 

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Praia do Golden

Ilha de Cabanas

Cabanas is well signposted on the N125. Parking places are sufficiently available. At the western landing go boats every minute (according to the season) to the landing of the beach.  Roughly 500 m of solid footpath have to be managed until you arrive at the beach. 

Lifeguards are on site during the season. 

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Praia de Cabanas

Ilha de Cabanas

Cabanas is well signposted on the N125, where you find organised parking places. From the eastern landing go boats every minute (subject to the season) to the landing of the beach. 

There are sanitary facilities and a restaurant. 

Lifeguards are on site.

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Praia do Lacém

Ilha de Cabanas

The beach lies roughly 1,5 km east of the >Praia de Cabanas< and can be reached walking from there.  

There is no infrastructure, instead it is very calm and peaceful. 

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Praia do Sítio da Fábrica

Cacela Velha Península (peninsula)

The small place and the same-named beach are well signposted on the N125. You find a small, well organised parking area. From here you will be carried to the peninsula by boat. 

Here it is always very calm. The complete infrastructure with restaurants, cafés and snackbars is on the mainland. 

No lifeguards are on the spot. 

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Praia de Cacela Velha

Cacela Velha Península (peninsula)

The locality Sítio da Fábrica is well signposted on the N125. You find a small, well organised parking area. From there you will be carried to the peninsula by boat. 

Here it is always very calm. The complete infrastructure with restaurants, cafés and snackbars is on the mainland.

No lifeguards are on site. 

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Praia da Manta Rota

Place and beach are well signposted on the N125. There is an organised and big parking area east of the access to the beach. On the beach and in the near locality are a wide range of restaurants, snackbars, bistros, cafés, shops as well as sanitary facilities. People swimming and bathing are supervised by lifeguards. 

The beach has an access for people with disabilities and corresponding parking places very close by.

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Praia da Lota

The beach is located at the eastern end from Manta Rota and is signposted in the locality. Parking places are at disposal. Here it is quite calm and life is tranquil. There are sanitary facilities and a restaurant. In the season are lifeguards on the spot.  

The beach has an access for people with disabilities. 

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Praia de Alagoa

The beach is signposted on the N125 (Altura) and you find good parking facilities at the access to the beach. There are diverse restaurants and sanitary facilities. Depending on the season lifeguards are in the field. 

The beach has an access for people with disabilities.  

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Praia Verde

Praia Verde is already signposted on the N125. About 100 m in front of the beach is a big and organised parking area. There are diverse restaurants and sanitary facilities. Lifeguards are on the spot. 

The beach has an access for people with disabilities. 

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Praia do Cabeço

This beach is well signposted on the N125. A well organised parking area exists near the beach. Restaurants and sanitary facilities are available. In the season are lifeguards in the field. 

The beach has an access for people with disabilities. 

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Praia de Monte Gordo

Locality and beach are well signposted and can be seen from far owing to the big hotels. There are diverse parking facilities and various restaurants, cafés, snackbars, bistros, shops, etc. Lifeguards are on the spot.

The beach has an access for people with disabilities. 

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Praia de Santo António

This is the "last" beach before the Rio Guadiana representing the border to Spain. The beach is signposted in Santo António, and parking places are at disposal. One finds a restaurant and sanitary facilities. Lifeguards supervise people swimming and bathing in the season. 

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Praia Fluvial de Alcoutim

Pego Fundo

Alcoutim lies by the Guadiana being the border river to Spain, roughly 35 km north of the Atlantic. The beach (by the river) is well signposted in the locality, and there is an organised parking area (partly with sun screen), a restaurant, a beach bar and sanitary facilities. Lifeguards are in the field. 

The beach has an access for people with disabilities. 

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