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Praia da Rocha Baixinha Nascente


Praia da Rocha Baixinha Nascente


East Rocha Baixinha is a large beach, which is delimited to the east by the jetties on the Quarteira Stream and at Vilamoura Marina. The soft, ochre cliffs disappear under the sands, giving rise to a large dune field with a great variety of plant life that you can observe from the network of raised walkways that cross the dunes and the beach.

The fences in front of the dunes prevent people from walking on them, protecting the vegetation and allowing hardy plants to colonise the dunes, securing the sand and encouraging the dunes to grow higher. Inland beyond the dunes, around the final stretch of the Quarteira Stream, an extensive flooded area has formed and a reed plantation has taken root (the Vilamoura Reed Plantation). This, too, is the site of the Vilamoura Environmental Park, and both constitute habitats for many different species of water birds.

You can go for a walk along the nature trails here and spot grey herons and purple swamphens, or even mammals, such as the otter, close to the mouth of the stream.

More information

Note: You can get to the beach through Aldeia das Açoteais, following the signs to Rocha Baixhinha Beach. After 3 km of paved road, you will reach a dirt track. Follow this for about 2 km. The final 300 metres are suitable for bicycles and pedestrians. The recommended accesses are through Vilamoura, either from the car park at the westernmost end of the beach or via the marina, crossing the wooden bridge over the Quarteira Stream.

Pedestrian and vehicle access on tarmacked roads is available via Vilamoura. There is plenty of parking at the westernmost end 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-west.

: 37° 4'29.87"N 8° 7'46.68"W

Accessibility: For more information about this resource click here.


  • Blue Flag
    Blue Flag
  • Accessible Beach
    Accessible Beach

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