This is the first beach to the east of Albufeira Marina and is a city beach, located in the old centre of Albufeira. A huge rocky ledge in warm tones stands on the sands, holding out against the generalised receding of the cliff and constituting a distinctive landmark. These rock formations are known locally as “penecos”. There is a lift down from the high cliff top to the western section of the beach. Alternatively, you can take the stone staircase that descends from the viewpoint at the Dr. Frutuoso da Silva esplanade, which affords a fabulous panoramic view over the coastline. Access to the central and eastern sections of the beach is via a tunnel through the limestone cliff, located in the narrow streets of the historical centre with its multitude of bars, handicraft shops and sunny squares. The tunnel leads you on to a massive beachside terrace with open-air cafés overlooking the sea. This is a very busy city beach.