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Praia do Ancão


Praia do Ancão


This beach is located at the far western end of the Ria Formosa lagoon system, already inside the boundary of the Nature Park. Although no water mirror can be seen yet, the waterlogged areas that flood at high tide are well-known and are covered in typical wetland vegetation.

The stone pine and cork oak forest that crowns the low, red cliffs, and where rabbits and unmistakable azure-winged magpies can be seen, is now to the rear. Having passed the marshland, you will find yourself faced with a large expanse of dune fields, covered in aromatic plants such as Portuguese Thyme and curry plants.

You cannot help but admire the eye-catching sea daffodils, the delicate sea bindweed and the typical spiny thrift, splashing the tops of the dunes with white and pink. The support infrastructures on the beach are nicely integrated in the landscape, allowing you to have a snack and simultaneously contemplate the sea.

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Notes: In order to help preserve the site, you should only cross the line of dunes on the walkways.

Road access is by a tarmacked road from Almancil, heading towards Garrão / Ancão for approximately 7 km. Once you are through the holiday village you come on to a circular route in beaten earth, about 1.5 km in length. There is plenty of informal parking on beaten earth. Support infrastructures include restaurants, WC, information and recreational facilities, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. Orientation: south-west.

GPS: 37° 1'59.25"N 8° 2'21.58"W

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  • Blue Flag
    Blue Flag
  • Accessible Beach
    Accessible Beach

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