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Praia do Almargem (Cavalo Preto)

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Praia do Almargem (Cavalo Preto)


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.

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Notes: Bathing in the lagoon is not recommended.

Road access on a tarmacked road is from Quarteira’s eastern exit, heading towards Almancil, or from the EN 125, heading towards Fonte Santa. Almargem Beach is signposted. There are two accesses, one to the east and the other to the west, both on beaten earth for a distance of approximately 1.5 km. There are informal parking areas on beaten earth. The support infrastructures include a restaurant, WC and information and recreational facilities at the westernmost end of the beach, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. Orientation: south-west.

GPS: 37° 3'32.32"N 8° 4'59.12"W


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