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Praia de Vale Centeanes

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Praia de Vale Centeanes

Lagoa

The beach stretches out towards the west and is backed by imposing, deeply-eroded cliffs. At the base of the rocky walls, you can see caves that have been cut out by the sea; and in the central section of the beach, the cliff face is lined with fine gullies and grooves caused by the rain water running down it. There is a wide walkway on the sands, running alongside a rocky platform where typical cliff plants and marine fossils are visible. This is a great beach for walking. A wooden staircase marks the beginning of a nature trail that takes you to the top of the eastern cliff, which is covered in exuberant coastal scrub and affords a fine view over the coastline. And snorkelling is great way to discover the secrets of the marine life, from characteristic intertidal creatures (barnacles, mussels, limpets and anemones) visible on the rocky walls to shoals of various types of bream and Mediterranean rainbow wrasse, swimming around the rocky ledges.

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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 a large part of it lies within an area where there is a risk of landslides.

Road access is by a tarmacked road from Lagoa or Carvoeiro, following the signs for “praias” (beaches). The beach is signposted. There is a small, organised parking area. Support infrastructures include a restaurant, WC, information and recreational facilities, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. This is an accessible beach. Orientation: south-west.

GPS: 37° 5'28.01"N 8°27'17.09"W

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