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Praia do Beliche

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Praia do Beliche

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Situated in a wide bay bounded by Sagres Point and Cape St. Vincent, this beach is sheltered from the prevailing winds. It appears to have been dug out from the high, warmly-coloured cliffs and to reach it you have to go down a huge staircase. As you descend, you can admire the abrupt shape of the steep limestone cliffs, which feature many layers and cracks, caves, and the vestiges of massive rockfalls. When you reach the sand, the diversity of the rock formations sculpted by erosion will once again come as a surprise. The plant communities along this narrow strip of coast are so important to biodiversity that Beliche Beach is situated at the very heart of the Sagres Biogenetic Reserve. You can see some of these endemic plants colonising the limestone pavements on the cliffs. Since it is sheltered from the north wind, this is a very popular beach for both surfing and bodyboarding.

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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. 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 Sagres, heading towards Cape St. Vincent along the EN 268. There are spacious parking areas close to the beach. 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: south-west.

GPS: 37° 1'31.62"N 8°57'48.07"W

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