The red cliffs typical of this stretch of coastline give way here to the final section of the Almargem Stream, which is not always strong enough to flow all the way over the sands and into the sea. As a result, it sometimes floods the surrounding lands creating a calm water mirror, which is very appealing to aquatic birds. This means you can be on the beach and calmly watch great cormorants and huge grey herons diving into the brackish water to catch fish.
The wetland vegetation of reeds and rushes intermingles with the beach grass on the dunes at the edge of the beach. The small lagoon is surrounded by a vast wood of stone pine and cork oak, which is home to plants such as Thymus lotocephalus (a variety of thyme) and Tuberaria major (a variety of rockrose), both endemic to this part of the Algarve. This is a quieter area than the neighbouring beaches of Quarteira and Forte Novo.