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Praia dos Caneiros

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Praia dos Caneiros

Lagoa

This beach follows on from Vale da Azinhaga, and Ponta do Altar and Leixão da Gaivota can still be seen to the west. It is a fairly long and wide beach, framed by high cliffs in alternating tones of ochre, pink and white. The rocky walls are deeply grooved and eroded by rain water and the cliff is much lower at the central section of the beach. At the base of the cliff the impressive caves carved out by the sea are a clearly visible sign of its erosive effects. Traces of an old landslide can be seen on the eastern section of the beach, and many boulders are actually in the water, where they have been colonised by typical intertidal marine organisms. Some parts of the cliff are sort of “cementy”. They are grey in colour, more resistant and have a variety of typical cliff plants growing on them: thyme, samphire, gold coin daisies, statice, saltwort and Mediterranean saltbush.

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Note: Given the risk of landslides and loose stones falling on to the beach, you are advised to keep a safe distance from the cliffs. Although beachgoers do use the beach, it is classed as a restricted use beach, since a large part of it lies within an area where there is a risk of landslides.Road access is by a tarmacked road from Ferragudo or Lagoa, following the signs for “praias” (beaches). The beach is signposted. There is a small, organised car park next to the beach. Support infrastructures include a restaurant, WC, information and recreational facilities, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. Orientation: south-west.GPS: 37° 6'18.41"N 8°30'49.72"W

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