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Praia do Vau

Post code - Portimão
Municipality Portimão
Location Portimão

The red and ochre cliffs that mark out the two ends of the beach become lower in height and are interrupted in the central area. Behind the beach are a succession of tourist support facilities set amongst areas planted with gardens. Most of the vegetation in the area around the beach (aloes, ice plants and cactuses) is exotic in nature, having been introduced in a vain attempt to stabilise these cliffs, which are extremely vulnerable to contact with rainwater and seawater. At the edges of the beach, towards Praia do Barranco das Canas or Praia dos Careanos, the cliff is covered in the typical vegetation of these systems, especially wormleaf saltwort and sea orach, species that are highly resistant to the sea breezes laden with salt spray. The faces of the rocks have been heavily moulded by erosion and form countless nooks and crannies that are the delight of bathers. To the west, on the top of the cliffs, there is a nature trail that runs along the breathtaking stretch of rocky coastline between Vau and Praínha. This is a fairly popular beach amongst holidaymakers and is much sought after for its clay, which falls off its cliffs and is believed to have medicinal properties.

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.

Access: There is a tarmac road to the beach from Av. V3 (Portimão), heading towards Praia da Rocha/Vau. The beach is signposted. There is an organised parking area near the beach, which has various support facilities (restaurants and toilets) and is supervised during the bathing season. The beach is classified as an accessible beach and faces south/southwest.

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Updated on: 27-11-2014

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