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Praia da Cova Redonda

Praia da Cova Redonda

Lagoa

To get to the beach, you go down a long, gentle, paved staircase lined on either side with leafy vegetation consisting of pine and mastic trees, and Spanish broom. The bay in which the beach lies is not large, but the space is all divided up by inlets and other sheltered spots as a result of the shapes formed by the deeply-eroded cliffs. The rocky walls are dotted with patches of green due to the wide variety of typical coastline plants are growing on them, such as thyme, samphire, gold coin daisies, statice, saltwort and Mediterranean saltbush. To the east, there is a rocky ledge reminiscent of a huge ship. These rocky ledges are very resistant to erosion and stand out sharply in the sea as the coastline recedes ever faster. They are the chosen habitat of a variety of birds, including peregrine falcons, swifts, Caspian gulls and European Shags. There are other rock formations submerged in the areas used by bathers, so you are advised to be cautious when bathing and swimming in these tranquil waters.

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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 the EN 125, turning south at Porches or from Armação de Pera, and following the signs to the beach. There is organised parking around 200 metres from the beach, along the access road. Support infrastructures include information facilities and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. Orientation: south.

GPS: 37° 5'55.67"N 8°22'51.26"W

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