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Praia da Maria Luísa


Praia da Maria Luísa


Pedestrian access to the beach is through the tourist complex that occupies the approach, descending a gully through which a torrential stream runs. The gully is cool and is lined by a curtain of bougainvillea and impressive stone pines and cork oaks. While the pine grove surrounds the beach, once on the sands the dominant plants are the sea-spray resistant samphire and Mediterranean saltwort.

The beach is large and is framed by cliffs in warm colours that have been polished by the sea at their base and gullied by rainwater runoff on their tops. Deeply eroded by the elements, these rock formations provide beachgoers with a series of inlets and sheltered nooks, as well as affording the opportunity to observe curious formations such as sinkholes and arches.

From the far eastern end of the beach you can access a footpath that will take you to Torre da Medronheira. It is signposted and runs along the cliff tops to the beach at Olhos d’Água, giving walkers the chance to enjoy unique views over the coastline.

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Note: Since there is a possibility of rockfalls or stones coming loose and falling on to the beach, you should keep a safe distance from the cliffs, and take care if you are walking along the cliff top, staying well back from the edge.

Road access on tarmacked roads is via the road connecting Areias de S. João to Olhos d’Água, following the signs to the beach. There is medium-sized, organised parking around 400 m from the beach. Vehicle access and parking are restricted in the vicinity of the beach. Support infrastructures include restaurants, WC, information and recreational facilities, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. This is an accessible beach. Orientation: south / south-east.

: 37° 5'21.48"N 8°12'2.28"W


  • Blue Flag
    Blue Flag
  • Accessible Beach
    Accessible Beach

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