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Praia da Rocha Baixinha


Praia da Rocha Baixinha


True to its name, which means “Low Rock Beach”, the red cliffs of Praia da Falésia become lower here, gradually giving way to a dune system where typical sand vegetation grows, such as sea holly, sea medick and sea daffodils. The tourist complexes also temporarily give way to the agricultural fields on the strip of land alongside the Quarteira Stream, earning the beach its suggestive (in Portuguese) nickname of Praia dos Tomates (Tomato Beach).

The path to the beach runs alongside the cultivated fields, greenhouses and pastures, as well as older vestiges of the valley’s agricultural use, such as norias. Between the beach and the large valley, there are still some deeply-gullied ochre rock formations, where the deep green of the pine groves intermingles with areas of dry orchards. Wildlife abounds in these woods; rabbits, foxes and many different birds, such as the typical hoopoe, find food and shelter here.

The beach is large and to the east you will already be able to glimpse the jetties at Vilamoura Marina.

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Note: Given the risk of landslides, you are advised to keep a safe distance from the cliffs at the western end of Rocha Baixinha Beach.

Road access on tarmacked roads is via Aldeia das Açoteias, following the signs to the beach. After 3 km of paved road, you will reach a dirt track. Follow this for about 1 km to West Rocha Baixinha or 2 km to Rocha Baixinha. There is plenty of informal parking on beaten earth. Support infrastructures include restaurants, WC, information and recreational facilities, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. West Rocha Baixinha is an accessible beach. Orientation: south-west.

: 37° 4'43.18"N 8° 8'32.93"W


  • Blue Flag
    Blue Flag
  • Accessible Beach
    Accessible Beach

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