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Praia do Amado

Praia do Amado


Amado is a large beach stretching along three valleys. The warm red and ochre hues of the cliffs dominate to the north; and to the south, the grey of the craggy schist rocks once again comes to the fore. Amado Beach is famed for its versatile, diversified waves that justify the constant presence of on-site surfing schools. It is a frequent venue for national and international competitions in the sport. Despite being a very popular beach, you can still find some peaceful spots if you walk along the sands for a bit. A network of walkways leads visitors to various parts of the beach and to viewpoints overlooking it. There is road access via the cliff to the north, allowing you to reach Bordeira Beach, passing by the place known as Pontal and the curious fishing harbour at Zimbreirinha, where the boats are moored on wooden platforms suspended on the cliff. Along the route, there are various stopping points from which you can admire the stunning scenery along this stretch of coast.

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Note: 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 the southern entrance to Carrapateira, heading towards Amado for approximately 2 km. Amado can also be reached from the Bordeira Beach car park, heading south along the coastline for approximately 5 km (4 km are along a dirt track). There are large areas of organised parking on beaten earth. Support infrastructures include restaurants, WC and information and recreational facilities – a surfing school – and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. Orientation: west / north-west.

GPS: 37°10'2.26"N 8°54'8.72"W

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