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Praia de Benagil

Praia de Benagil

Lagoa

This beach lies at the bottom of a very deep valley next to the little fishing port of Benagil. The fishing village to which it owes its name stands high above on the cliff top. Access to the beach is through the area reserved for the fishing boats, which also take tourists on trips to visit the area’s sea caves and unspoiled beaches. Once you have passed the colourful fishing boats, the beach stretches out eastwards to the imposing ochre-coloured cliffs of carbonate rock with an abundance of marine fossils. Also known as shell mounds, they bear witness to a bygone time when the sea came farther inland. These rocks are now craggy and deeply eroded by the combined effect of the rain (which dissolves the limestone rock) and the mechanical force of the sea. In Benagil, you can see eroded rocks typical of karstic landscapes, such as caves or sinkholes, cut into the cliff face.

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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 tarmacked road from Lagoa or from the EN 125, turning south next to the International School of the Algarve and following the signs to the beach (praia). You can park on the edge of the road. There is a restaurant and WC nearby but there are usually no lifeguards here. Orientation: south.
GPS: 37° 5'14.55"N 8°25'35.24"W

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