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Praia da Murração

Praia da Murração

Vila do Bispo

Already referred to as the “Vicentine Jewel”, this relatively deserted beach boasts magnificent natural beauty. It is one of the rare beaches where the dune vegetation stretches all the way to the tideline, combining the brownish green of the dunes with the blue of the sea. To the north stands a light-coloured, very craggy cliff, covered in endemic juniper scrub and delimiting a small stream that runs on to the sands in the rainy months. In the central part of the beach, the cliff rises tall and imposing, carved in black schist with reddish and orangey veins. High atop this cliff, lacy, light-coloured carbonate rocks can also be seen, along with an occasional flock of sheep grazing at the edge of the abyss. At the beach’s southernmost tip, a crystal-clear stream has carved its way through the rocky wall and bubbles down to the beach in a waterfall. Rocks in curious shapes and colours can be seen all along the beach, vestiges of ancient rockfalls.

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Notes: The beach becomes narrow at high tide. Given the risk of landslides and loose stones falling on to the beach, you are advised to keep a safe distance from the cliffs. In order to help preserve the dunes, you are asked to use the paths, rather than walking on the dunes themselves.

Road access is from the EN 120 to the north of Vila do Bispo, next to the Wind Farm, heading towards the sea for 6 km. The dirt track leading to the beach is not signposted and a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. There is a small, informal parking area on beaten earth. There are no support infrastructures and no lifeguard on duty. Orientation: north-west.

GPS: 37° 9'17.02"N 8°54'31.33"W

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