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Praia de Cabanas Velhas (Almádena)

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Praia de Cabanas Velhas (Almádena)

Vila do Bispo

This is a welcoming beach and although it is bigger than Boca do Rio it becomes narrow at high tide, bounded by very rugged and craggy limestone cliffs. The sands extend towards the east and are delimited at the far end by a pontoon that is a very popular spot for fishing. Here, too, the abundant pebbles are used by beachgoers to build semi-circular shelters that serve as windbreaks. The slopes overlooking the beach are covered in scrub that is typical of rocky coasts and there is a pine grove on the western slope. It is worth taking the winding coastal path between Cabanas Velhas and Boca do Rio, which affords a fabulous view over the deep blue ocean, framed by the dense green Mediterranean vegetation. Pause at the Almádena Fortress, a fortified structure built in the 17th century to protect tuna fishing from North-African pirate attacks.

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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.

Road access is by a tarmacked road from the hamlet of Burgau heading towards the beach for approximately 2.5 km. There is a medium-sized, informal parking area on beaten earth. Support infrastructures include a restaurant, WC and information facilities and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. Orientation: south-west.

GPS: 37° 3'57.00"N 8°47'43.21"W

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