The ochre and red cliffs, soft and vulnerable to contact with fresh and salt water, are the hallmark of Vale do Lobo Beach, which is surrounded by a high quality tourist complex. Erosion has carved deep gullies in the cliff face exposed to the elements, resulting in some very curiously-shaped natural formations. The red tones of the cliff contrast with the pearly-white of the sand and the deep, refreshing green of the stone pines that shelter the greens of the golf courses under their canopies. The beach is long but rather narrow and the sea often reaches up to the cliffs, leaving the plants with their roots exposed and putting a number of buildings and holes on the golf course at risk. For this reason, a number of beach nourishment processes have been conducted at Vale do Lobo, in order to enlarge the beach. There is a vast offering of leisure and sports including golf, first and foremost, tennis and a variety of water sports.