Praia da Lota continues on from Manta Rota and is where the village’s fishing activity is concentrated (“lota” means “fish auction”). Consequently, the farther you go across the almost 200 m of pathway leading to the beach, the better your view of the various traditional fishing boats, storage huts and fishing paraphernalia, a reminder of bygone days when this beach was used as a fish auction and the freshly landed fish was sold straight off the boats. Fishing continues to this day but the beach is now mostly used by beachgoers. It is a very large beach offering a variety of leisure facilities and a sports area. The vegetation you will see on the low dunes consists mainly of beach grass and the fluffy Otanthus maritimus, a type of cottonweed, both typical dune plants. Farther inland, the dunes are covered with taller scrubland plants such as the characteristic bridal veil broom. The beach is relatively calm, very hot and bright. The warm waves break gently on the shore.