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Praia da Cordoama

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Praia da Cordoama

Vila do Bispo

This is a huge beach with the sands stretching for as far as the eye can see. The sight of cliff after cliff, each progressively mistier than the last, is breathtaking. Although the beach is home to surfing and bodyboarding schools, there are still peaceful spots to be found along its length.

The cliffs here are tall, reaching over 100 metres in height and there is a hill that is not only a natural viewpoint but is also often used by paragliders as a take-off site.

Gleaming white layers can be seen on the north-facing rock walls but they are nothing more than extensive lichen cover. A small stream flows through a gully on to the sands. The scent of rockrose is intense here, mingling with that of the sea breeze, and on the small dunes that form on the beach you can see plants such as European beach grass, sea holly and the eye-catching sea daffodil.

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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.

Access is by a tarmacked road from Vila do Bispo (Municipal Market), heading towards the beach for approximately 5 km. There is plenty of organised parking. Support infrastructures include a restaurant, WC and information and recreational facilities – a surfing school – and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. Orientation: north-west.

GPS: 37° 6'32.87"N 8°56'11.98"W

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