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Prainha

Post code 8500- Alvor
Municipality Portimão
Location Alvor

Prainha consists of a series of small, sheltered and shell-shaped sandy beaches, separated from one another by scenic rock formations with very irregular shapes, intensely sculpted by the action of both freshwater and seawater. They each have many different nooks and crannies among the rocks, as well as the typical features that are formed amongst these cliffs: arches, caves, isolated groups of rocks and potholes. Below the tide level, these same rocks are the home to a rich and colourful marine life, making these coves an ideal place for diving. To the east, these carbonate cliffs are rich in marine fossils and result in the rock formation of Ponta João d´Arens, an excellent place for spotting such birds as the shag, the jackdaw, the rare rock dove or the yellow-legged gull. At the top of the cliffs, the predominant plants are those that have adapted well to these saline environments, such as wormleaf saltwort, shrubby seablite, sea lavender and Mediterranean beach daisy. Growing in the crevices of the rocks are such plants as pale stonecrop, and in the spring, in the clearings between the mastic-trees, you will find various species of orchids.

Note: There is a possibility of stones falling from the cliffs, so that care should be taken when walking close to them, as well as when walking on the cliff top, keeping a safe distance from the edge. In order to get to the beach, you have to pass through a tourist development built around the sand and then walk down some steps carved out of the cliff face.

Access: There is a tarmac road leading to the beach from the road between Alvor and Praia da Rocha/Vau, heading towards Prainha. The beach, which has basic support facilities and is supervised during the bathing season, faces south.

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Updated on: 01-09-2014

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