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Praia do Tonel

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Praia do Tonel

Vila do Bispo

Although less sheltered than Beliche, this beach is still located within the bay bounded by Sagres Point and Cape St. Vincent. From the beach, you can see the sharp, upright lines of the steep slope of Sagres Point. Sagres Fortress is also visible, a 16th century construction containing a 14th century chapel said to have sheltered the tomb of St. Vincent. And Cape St. Vincent and its lighthouse can also be seen at the far opposite end of the bay.

Pedestrian access to the beach is down a wide ramp carved into the warmly-coloured cliff. As you go down, you can see sharply-marked ravines carved out by rainwater run-off.

The sands stretch out in a southerly direction and you can admire the outline of the limestone cliff and the sea-spray-resistant vegetation growing on it, such as samphire and Mediterranean saltbush.

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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 Sagres Fortress. There is a small, organised car park next to the beach and a large one next to Sagres Fortress, about 300 metres from the beach. Support infrastructures include a restaurant, WC and recreational facilities – a surfing school – and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. Orientation: west.

GPS: 37° 0'25.94"N 8°56'52.95"W


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