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.