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.