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Praia do Alvor


Praia do Alvor


This beach is located in the wide bay of Lagos, on a sandy peninsula that extends for over 3.5 km to the east of the harbour at the Alvor Estuary. Thanks to the sand barriers in the estuary, there is an inland lagoon with areas of marshes and channels of calm waters. This habitat is a sanctuary for countless species of aquatic birds that either live here year round or are merely passing through. Many species of fish and molluscs also breed here (including shellfish, cuttlefish and octopus), which of great value to the local economy.

The sand barrier is vast and stretches for as far as the eye can see. Along the seafront you can see delicate plants such as sand couch-grass, European beach grass, cottonweed, Cretan trefoil and sea daffodils. Despite being hot and dry, the dunes shelter various species of birds, micromammals, reptiles and many insects. Inland, the sands gradually give way to the marshes and the lagoon, where yachts and traditional fishing boats are anchored, and on whose banks stands the picturesque fishing town of Alvor.

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Note: Conservation work was carried out on the Alvor dune system and it now has a network of walkways and footpaths that are helping to protect the dune system as well as providing access to the beaches and to the jetty. A nature trail, accessible to those with reduced mobility, features stopping points and viewpoints that allow you to observe the estuary’s typical environments: the dunes and the marshes.

The beach can be accessed on foot and by car through the village of Alvor (signposted on the EN 125). The beach is signposted as “Praia Acessível” (Accessible Beach). There is plenty of organised parking next to both the beach and the harbour storage buildings (north entrance to the Alvor nature trail). The various support infrastructures include restaurants, WC, information and recreational facilities, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. This is an accessible beach. Orientation: south.

GPS: 37° 7'22.50"N 8°35'57.62"W

Accessibility: For more information about this resource click here.


  • Blue Flag
    Blue Flag
  • Accessible Beach
    Accessible Beach

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