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Praia da Oura


Praia da Oura


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.

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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.

Pedestrian and vehicle access on tarmacked roads is via the built-up area at Areias de S. João. There is plenty of organised parking around 100 m from the central section of the beach (next to Clube Praia da Oura). Parking is limited in the vicinity of the other accesses to the beach. The support infrastructures include restaurants, WC and information facilities, as well as recreational facilities on Oura West only. There are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. The western section of Oura Beach is an accessible beach. Orientation: south/south-west.

: 37° 5'10.08"N 8°13'35.46"W

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  • Blue Flag
    Blue Flag
  • Accessible Beach
    Accessible Beach

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