The beach is huge – almost a kilometre in length – and very varied. To the west, tourist infrastructure dominate the skyline and the setting is urban, while to the east, after Pedra dos Bicos (a deeply-eroded rock formation sticking out into the sea), it becomes more natural and progressively quieter.
Access to the western part of the beach is via the built-up area, passing through streets and small squares where you will find many sunny open-air cafés. On arrival, you will find a beach that is framed by modest but attractively-eroded cliffs.
To get to the eastern section of the beach you can also go through the town centre or, alternatively, through the holiday village located at the easternmost end of the beach, via a staircase that descends a gully with thick, cool pine groves alongside it. There are tourist facilities on East Oura Beach too, but the farther to the east you go, the quieter the beach becomes.
The setting is characterised by the warm colours of the sand and the cliffs, softened only by the deep green of the stone pines.