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Praia da Bordeira

Praia da Bordeira


At Bordeira Beach, the black schist gives way to a limestone cliff in light, warm colours. The extensive dune system stretches inland from the beach all the way to the hamlet of Carrapateira and along the Bordeira Stream, occasionally forming a lagoon of tepid water close to the mouth, where otters can still be spotted. Also worthy of note are the sand dune systems covered with stone pines. Some of these massive trees are used for farm storage, given the diameter of their canopies. The beach is enormous, over 3 km in length, and is very exposed to the sea winds. The Bordeira cliffs are famed for their almost inaccessible fishing grounds, much sought-after by the various sea birds that find shelter here. A network of walkways runs alongside part of the bank of the stream up to the viewpoints and down from the cliff top to the sands.

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Notes: The easiest way to reach the sand is from the car park on the cliff top. A walkway leads down from here to the stream. To reach the beach, you normally need to ford the generally shallow stream. In order to help preserve the dunes, you are asked to use the walkways and paths.

Road access is by a tarmacked road via the northern entrance to Carrapateira, heading towards the beach for approximately 2.5 km. There is plenty of organised parking before you start up the cliff. At the top of the cliff, there are various medium-sized parking areas. Support infrastructures include a bar, WC and information facilities and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. Orientation: north-west.

GPS: 37°11'50.70"N 8°54'11.31"W

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