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Prainha

Prainha

Portimão

Prainha is a small, shell-shaped beach framed by scenic rock formations that are deeply eroded due to the action of both fresh and salt water. Other beaches follow on from Prainha in an easterly direction, some accessible only at low tide, and you will see plenty of the typical features of these cliffs: arches, caves, rocky ledges and sinkholes. You are advised to be cautious when exploring the nooks and crannies among the rock formations, since falling stones are common. These same rocks shelter a wealth of colourful underwater marine life and these bays are excellent spots for diving. The craggy, ochre, bio-calcarenite cliffs (rich in marine fossils) form what is known as Ponta João d’Arens, a favourite spot from which to contemplate the coastline and for those who want to see the coast’s typical fauna and flora.

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Note: Since there is a possibility of rockfalls or stones coming loose and falling on to the beach, you should keep a safe distance from the cliffs, and take care if you are walking along the cliff top, staying well back from the edge. Although beachgoers do use the beach, it is classed as a restricted use beach, since it lies entirely within an area where there is a risk of landslides.
Pedestrian access is through the easternmost end of Três Irmãos Beach, via a wooden ramp that leads up from the sand and is accessible at low tide. You can also access Prainha through the Prainha Club Holiday Village (on the M531 road between Alvor and Portimão) following the signs to Prainha and the “Caniço” Restaurant. There is a lift down the cliff (to the west) and a stone staircase (to the east). There is organised but limited parking in the holiday village. Support infrastructures include a restaurant and WC, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. Orientation: south.
GPS: 37° 7'6.40"N 8°34'43.43"W

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