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Praia do Barranco das Canas (Alemão)

Praia do Barranco das Canas (Alemão)


This beach owes its name to the stream that flows on to the sand and is lined by a thick reed plantation. The João d’Arens rock formation bounds the beach to the west, its countless rocky ledges stubbornly standing firm against the receding of the coastline and sheltering many species of sea birds. This is the first beach to the east of the promontory and it is very sheltered on windy days. Framing the beach is a succession of intensely-coloured cliffs of various forms, ochre limestone rock formations which have been eroded to form arches and caves, and soft, reddish, deeply-gullied formations of sand and clay. It is a quiet beach in a still very unspoiled setting, despite its proximity to such a major urban and tourist centre as Portimão. From the car park, you can access a footpath that takes you along the cliff tops of this promontory almost as far as Prainha, amid coastal scrub and a thick, green patch of pine trees.

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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.
Road access is by a tarmacked road from the M 531, heading towards Vau and turning south next to the Urbanização Encosta do Vau. Support infrastructures include information facilities and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. Orientation: south-east.
GPS: 37° 7'11.30"N 8°33'50.83"W

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