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Praia de Quarteira


Praia de Quarteira


Formerly a seafarers’ village, Quarteira grew in response to the demand for its beaches and is now a major tourist resort. The fishing hub, with its boats and equipment huts, still exists but only at the westernmost end of the beach. Fresh, charcoal-grilled fish is ever-present at meal times in Quarteira, along with a variety of other traditional fish-based dishes such as bread soup with wedge-shell clams or squid with ink.

The beach stretches for almost 2 km and is divided up by a number of stone breakwaters. Sand has accumulated next to these, providing calm bathing conditions for beachgoers. A long, bustling seafront avenue called the “Calçadão” runs alongside the beach and offers a variety of infrastructures for holidaymakers and beachgoers, as well as sunny open-air cafés and restaurants and lots of entertainment in the summer holiday season. This is a very busy city beach.

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Notes: Pedestrian and vehicle access on tarmacked roads is from Quarteira.

There are areas of organised parking all the way along the seafront, and there is plenty of informal parking at the westernmost end of the city. The various 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.

GPS: 37° 3'52.78"N 8° 5'48.57"W

Accessibility: For more information about this resource click here.


  • Blue Flag
    Blue Flag
  • Accessible Beach
    Accessible Beach

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