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Praia da Culatra

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Praia da Culatra


This beach is located at the easternmost end of the Island of Culatra, associated with a former fishing village that, until a few decades ago, comprised wooden houses. The hamlet, still home to fishermen and their families, now boasts various infrastructures and services.

In the surrounding area, you will see boats belonging to the fishermen and shellfish gatherers scattered around the banks of silt that are exposed at low tide. To get to the beach, you go through the hamlet and then the wide dune system, over a raised walkway 500 m in length. From here you can observe the varied flora of the dune fields, and bask in the warm, tranquil waters and hot east winds.

An hour’s walk eastwards brings you Barra do Lavajo, where you can enjoy the inviting natural sand pools and the constantly-changing landscape.

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Notes: The currents next to the harbour are usually very strong. In order to help preserve the site, you should only cross the line of dunes on the wooden walkways.

There are regular boat services from Faro in the summer and from Olhão all year round, with plenty of organised parking in the vicinity of the quays. Support infrastructures include restaurants close to the beach, WC and information facilities, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. There are no lifeguards on duty at Barra do Lavajo. Orientation: south-east.

: 36°59'8.87"N 7°50'22.41"W


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