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Praia do Amado

Praia do Amado


Praia do Amado lies between Careanos and Três Castelos, framed by the cliffs typical of this stretch of the coast. The colours alternate between bright red and ochre, and the different features and rocky reliefs seem like something from a fantasy world. Access to the sand is down a steep staircase in the cliff face, lined by dense vegetation that is well-adapted to saline environments: saltwort, Mediterranean saltbush, sweet alyssum and gold coin daisies. Down on the beach, in the sand that accumulates at the base of the cliffs, you will find an abundance of Cretan trefoil and sand couch-grass, making up mini dune fields. An attractive pedestrian and cycle route runs along the cliff top between this beach and the view point at Três Castelos, which marks the boundary between Praia dos Três Castelos and Praia da Rocha. There are stopping points along the route, gardens and an area with open-air cafés, allowing you to take the best possible advantage of the sunshine and panoramic views from these cliffs overlooking the sea.

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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.
Access is via the tarmacked coast road connecting Vau to the city of Portimão, heading towards Praia da Rocha, or via the Avenida das Comunidades Lusíadas (Portimão). There is a medium-sized organised parking area at the western entrance to the beach and a larger area at the eastern end, incorporated into the pedestrian and cycle route. The support infrastructures include information and recreational facilities, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. Orientation: south-west.
GPS: 37° 7'6.68"N 8°33'2.98"W

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