Lying in an ample, open valley, this is a large beach framed at either end by high cliffs. The Atalaia Viewpoint, at the top of the western cliff, affords a superbly scenic view of the coast all the way to Sagres. To the west, the prevailing colours are light greys, the much laminated, precariously-balanced cliffs being made of marl (limestone with a high clay content). A thick layer of clay collects at the base of the cliff in the rainy months, which the locals say has medicinal properties. Plants such as Mediterranean saltbush, saltwort and shrubby sea-blite, which are well-adapted to sea spray, grow on the cliff face, while reeds grow in the spots where there are signs of running water. The cliffs to the east are in warm tones of ochre and you can catch a glimpse of the rock formations that make up Ponta da Piedade. Despite being so close to the city of Lagos, there are some very quiet spots along the beach, particularly at the far ends.