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Praia dos Careanos

Post code - Portimão
Municipality Portimão
Location Portimão

This beach is bordered on its western side by Praia do Vau and forms part of the stretch of coastline that precedes Praia da Rocha and includes the beaches of Praia dos Careanos, Praia do Amado and Praia dos Três Castelos, extending over an area of more than one kilometre of sand. These beaches have as their backdrop a continuous line of high cliffs, in which red and ochre colours alternate with one another, showing the different materials out of which the cliffs have been carved: soft and vividly red sand-clay rocks alternate with biocalcarenites, which are lighter-coloured and more resistant rocks with a great abundance of marine fossils. To get to Praia dos Careanos, you have to walk down a set of steep steps that seem to lead you down through the remains of an old pothole. There are countless caves and nooks and crannies which follow on from one another along the beach, the most notable features amongst the rocks being an enormous pothole at the western end of the beach that drops down all the way to sea level and an isolated rock formation that is reminiscent of a small fortress, displaying a large natural arch and the remains of potholes. Between Praia do Vau and Praia dos Careanos, there is a footpath along the top of the cliff, duly marked out and protected, offering the possibility of establishing close contact with nature and with the fabulous rocky landscapes of this coastline under relatively safe conditions.

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. V6 (Portimão), heading towards Praia da Rocha. Access to the beach is from the roundabout with a fountain. There is an organised parking area near the beach, which has various support facilities (restaurant and toilets) and is supervised during the bathing season. The beach faces south/south-west.

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Updated on: 20-10-2014

Visitor: 20952094

  • Turismo de Portugal