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Praia do Telheiro

Praia do Telheiro

Vila do Bispo

Despite being relatively sheltered from the cold north wind, this is a quiet beach because access is via a steep trail that descends through the tiered limestone cliff to the sand. The surrounding area mostly comprises farmland and pasture, and birds of prey, especially falcons, can often be spotted hunting for food. This is the westernmost beach before you come to Cape St. Vincent and the beauty and diversity of its rock formations can come as a surprise. Their existence is probably connected to the fact that this is where the dark schist massif that rises along the west coast (an ancient mountain range, very rugged and deformed) meets with the southern sedimentary coast, made up of orangey sandstone, reddish Silves sandstone and light-coloured limestone, carved into whimsical shapes. A variety of aromatic plants grow on the limestone tiers of the cliff, and next to the stream that flows on to the beach you can see lush vegetation, including tamarisk and reeds.

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Notes: Given the risk of landslides and loose stones falling on to the beach, you are advised to keep a safe distance from the cliffs.

Access is by a tarmacked road from Sagres, heading towards Cape St. Vincent (EN 268). After passing Beliche Beach, head towards Torre de Aspa. After approximately 2.5 km of tarmacked road, you follow a dirt track towards the sea for 1 km. There is informal parking on beaten earth about 200 metres from the beach. There are no support infrastructures and no lifeguard on duty. Orientation: west and south-west.

GPS: 37° 2'45.25"N 8°58'44.04"W

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