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Praia do Manuel Lourenço

Accessible

Praia do Manuel Lourenço

Albufeira

This beach in the form of a shell is smaller than the ones to the west and it nestles between curiously-shaped cliffs. To the east, there is an intricate-looking rocky platform where you can observe the intertidal marine life at low tide. This is also a good spot for snorkelling around the submerged rocks. Warm colours dominate the landscape, softened by the green of the pine and mastic trees around the beach. Aromatic plants such as thyme and curry plants grow on the cliff, but out of reach of the tides, while closer to the sands you will see an abundance of Mediterranean saltbush and saltwort, plants that are able to resist the sea spray. A small ephemeral stream flows on to the sand in the rainy months, resulting in thicker vegetation at this particular spot. The area around the beach is predominantly green and there are landscaped areas with local species.

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Notes: Given the risk of landslides and loose stones falling on to the beach, you are advised to keep a safe distance from the cliffs, especially at the far ends of the beach.

Road access is by a tarmacked road from the road connecting Guia to Galé, following the signs for the beach. Medium-sized organised parking is available about 100 metres from the beach. Traffic and parking are restricted next to the beach. Support infrastructures include a restaurant, WC and information facilities, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. This is an accessible beach. Orientation: south-west.

GPS: 37° 4'36.22"N 8°18'34.01"W

Facilities

  • Blue Flag
    Blue Flag
  • Accessible Beach
    Accessible Beach

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