This beach is located in the picturesque village of Olhos d’Água, a land of fishermen where, even today, beachgoers share the sand with the colourful traditional fishing boats. The beach and village are named after the fresh-water springs that flow on to the beach and are known locally as “olhos d’água” or “olheiros”, meaning “eyes of water”. You can see the springs at low tide at the far eastern end of the beach.
However, the limestone cliffs are another hallmark of Olhos d’Água, since this is the first rocky beach in the transition from the sandy eastern Algarve to the rocky western Algarve, and where you can observe intertidal marine species such as limpets, whelks, barnacles, small gobies, anemones and colourful seaweed. The deeply-eroded rock formations feature ledges, caves, arches and small, sheltered bays.
This is a very busy beach due to its urban setting in a tourist resort. It has a central square with open-air cafés and a pedestrian seafront promenade lined with palm trees.