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Praia de Odeceixe e Praia das Adegas

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Praia de Odeceixe e Praia das Adegas

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The road to the beach winds through a lush green valley, following the course of Seixe Stream and the farmlands that gradually give way to marshes. Closer to the beach, the cork oaks covering the valley’s slopes give way to coastal scrubland, rich in aromatic and melliferous plants whose scents sweeten the air. The whitewashed houses dotting the hillside are essentially summer holiday homes. The beach is a generously-sized strip of sand between the sea and the stream that flows into it at its northernmost tip. Lagoons form here at low tide, a much appreciated spot for peaceful bathing. Canoes can be hired for a trip upstream, home to animals such as the otter, the grey heron and the colourful kingfisher. The black sea cliffs lining the beach are made of schist with veins of pearl-coloured quartz, their many layers and cracks bringing to mind constructions of Lego.

To the south of Praia de Odeceixe lies a small bay called Praia das Adegas, which is an official nudist beach. At high tide, it can be reached by a footpath that descends the cliff next to the viewpoint (a steep trail followed by a wooden staircase).

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Note: The current next to the harbour can be very strong, especially when the tide is going out. Given the risk of landslides and loose stones falling on to the beach, you are advised to keep a safe distance from the cliffs.

Road access is by a tarmacked road from Odeceixe (EN 120), heading towards the beach for approximately 3 km. There is organised parking at Praia de Odeceixe and plenty of informal parking at Praia das Adegas. Support infrastructures (restaurants near the beach, information facilities and WC) are available at Praia de Odeceixe, and both beaches have lifeguards on duty during the summer holiday season.

Odeceixe GPS: 37°26'28.53"N 8°47'52.66"W

Adegas GPS: 37°26'19.93"N 8°48'1.92"W

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