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Praia do Castelejo

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Praia do Castelejo

Vila do Bispo

The road to the beach is winding and follows a deep valley through which a torrential stream twists and turns until it reaches the beach, forming a small patch of damp grass. The verdant slopes are covered with Mediterranean scrub, dotted with stone pines. The cliffs here are tall and dark; Torre de Aspa (a former watchtower) on the cliff to the south stands over 150 m high. To the north, Pedra da Laje is a series of rocks that, offshore, form famous fishing grounds and, closer to the beach, afford the opportunity to observe intertidal marine life as well as offering calm rock pools for children to bathe in. Undulating dune fields cover the schist cliffs to the north. This is a busy beach in comparison to Barriga and Cordoama, and is a favourite with surfers and bodyboarders. Occasionally, it is covered over by pebbles, which make a cavernous sound as they are rolled around by the waves.

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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. Although beachgoers do use the beach, it is classed as a restricted use beach, since a large part of it lies within an area where there is a risk of landslides.

Access is by a tarmacked road from Vila do Bispo (Municipal Market), heading towards the beach for approximately 4 km. There is plenty of informal parking on beaten earth around 150 m from the beach, and a small, organised car park next to the beach. Support infrastructures include a restaurant and WC, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. Orientation: north-west.

GPS: 37° 5'59.39"N 8°56'42.78"W

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