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Praia do Canal

Praia do Canal


Lying immediately to the south of Arrifana, Canal Beach affords a fine view of Needle Rock. This is a mostly pebble beach situated at the mouth of a valley carved out by an ephemeral stream, the banks of which have a dense covering of riverine vegetation. The valley opens out next to the sea, considerably widening and becoming very exposed. The vegetation, consisting of endemic scrubland of juniper and plants resistant to sea spray, forms a carpet-like covering, shaped by the strong winds. The pebbles that manage to escape the reach of the tides are coloured by lichens in warm tones that contrast with the black background of the schist. When the sea is rough, it rolls the pebbles around energetically, producing a cavernous sound. Despite being a favourite with surfers and recreational fishermen, this is a peaceful beach.

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Notes: At low tide, a sandbar emerges to the south, stretching all the way to Vale Figueira Beach. 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 from Alfambras (an area of scattered dwellings on the EN 120 between Aljezur and Bordeira), heading north-west for approximately 5 km. The dirt track leading to the beach is not signposted and a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. There are no support infrastructures and no lifeguard on duty. Orientation: west.

GPS: 37°16'12.79"N 8°51'36.64"W

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