Lagoa District Beaches

Ferragudo to Carvoeiro to Senhora da Rocha

The Lagoa camera (district) has one of the highest density of beaches/coves in the Algarve and maybe in Portugal, some 30+.  Not all these beaches are accessible by foot, some only by boat, many are dependent on the tides and even some of those accessible by foot have some level of difficulty.

 

Promoting the area and Portugal is not only a job for us but also a passion as many of clients recognise and below we would like to share as many of the 30+ beaches/coves in the Lagao district as possible.  These start from Ferragudo in the west, passing through Carvoeiro and finish in Senhora da Rocha in the east of the district

 

Please note that the exact names of some of the beaches may differ and we will correct when we have the exact information (Details supplied by 3rd parties. Beaches may change with coastal errosion)

 

 
 
 
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Praia da Angrinha

Long beach, accessible by foot.  In harbour walls between the Portimao old bridge and Ferragudo Castle

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Praia Grande Ferragudo

Long beach, accessible by foot, down a number of steps.  Several beach bars and restaurants, kids playground. In harbour walls , to the east of Ferragudo castle

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Praia da Infanta

Located between Praia Grande Ferragudo and Praia de Molho.  Easiest is to walk towards the west of the car park for Praia do Molho and follow the path along and down.  There are some steps down to the beach.  Exactly around lowtide for exploring and is inside the harbour walls.

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Praia de Molho

Follow the coastal road from Ferragudo to Carvoeiro and signposts to Pintadinho, then you will see at the end Praia de Molhe.  There are about 151 steps down, with two beaches.  The left is open sea and popular with surfers.  To the right is inside the harbour walls and much calmer.  This is a favourite place for me to go and walk the Molhe (jetty) and take photos, especially at sunset.  

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Praia do Pintadinho

This is a popular beach just outside the breakwaters, with some afternoon shade.  You can walk straight onto the sand from the parking area. Great beach bar.

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Praia do Torrado

Next to Praia dos Caneiros, possible to access at low tide or by boat

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Praia dos Caneiros

Fair sized and popular beach which is between two cliffs.  There is limited parking and during the summer there is a beach bar

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Praia da Afurada

Another beautiful cove but only accessible by boat

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Praia do Mato

Only accessible by boat. 

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Praia da Gralheria

Boat only

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Praia do Vale de Lapa

About a 15 minute walk from the Vale de Lapa car park, not an easy access

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Praia Cama da Vaca

Another one via boat only

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Praia do Padre Vincent

Accessible by foot, but difficult as step hill and a 20m hand made wooden ladder to access beach

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Praia da Salgadeira

Very small and boat access only

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Praia do Vale Currais

Difficult to reach by foot and little beach left

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Praia do Paraiso

To the west of Carvoeiro beach, accessible by foot.. only about 151 steps down

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Praia do Carvoeiro

Easy access by foot, plenty of places to eat nearby and perfect place to go and explore the grottos from

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Praia do Vale Covo

Accessed behind the Tivoli, lots of steps and man-made ladders.  But is a stunning view, and only good at low tide

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Praia de Centianes

A very popular beach that has had the surrounding area redeveloped with new parking and picnic areas.  This beach offers some shade in the afternoon, and becomes small at high tide 

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Praia de Vale Espinhaço

Accessible by foot but difficult

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Praia do Carvalho

A very popular beach that has had the surrounding area redeveloped with new parking and picnic areas.  This beach offers some shade in the afternoon, and becomes narrow during high tide.  There is also a beach bar/restaurant.

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Praia de Benagil

Popular for beach goes and people wanting to see the famous cave. Recently the surrounding area redeveloped with new parking and picnic areas.  This beach offers some shade in the afternoon, and becomes narrow during high tide.  There is also a beach bar/restaurant.

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Praia de Corredoura

Only can get on it by boat

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Praia do Cão Raivosa

Just a tiny beach inside a cave formation

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Praia da Mesquita

Accessible over the rockfalls from Praia da Marinha

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Praia da Marinha

Accessible by foot, some 115 steps to the beach.  Reported to be 1 of the top 5 most photographed beaches in the world.  There is also a new car park at the top.  This beach is to be avoided in peak season.

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Praia da Baraço

tiny beach to kayak to

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Praia do Pau

only possible by boat do not attempt the cliff way down.

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Praia do Mulhado do Baraço

Popular with the tourist boats in the sumemr to stop have BBQs on. No foot access

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Praia do Barranquinho

Accessible by foot via Praia da Albandeira or to the side of Suites Alba.  Nice beach to relax on

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Praia do Salqueiro

Another one to kayak to and just experience

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Praia da Estaquinha

Accessible when the tide is out by foot via a tunnel on the west beach of Praia da Albandeira

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Praia da Albandeira

Accessible by foot but it is very small when the tide is in

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Praia das Fontainhas

Accessible by foot down a valley and steps.  One of our personal favourites as offers nice shade late afternoon from the peak season hit.  Beautiful swimming here, a good suntrap.  We do not telling people about it, unless we have to.

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Praia da Morena

Large beach to kayak to, no foot access

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Praia do Pontal

Popular with the pleasure cruises in the summer as a place to anchor off and have BBQs on the beach

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Praia do Burranco

Possible to drive to the top and then a few hundred metre walk.  

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Praia Novo

Accessible by foot, via a tunnel from Senhora da Rocha or down steps.  Nice long and good depth beach

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Nossa Senhora da Rocha

To the east of Carvoeiro and before Armacao de Pera are two beaches connected by a 50m tunnel through a cliff spur.  Beautiful location