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Praia de Santo António

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Praia de Santo António

Vila Real de Santo António

This beach is located next to the mouth of the Guadiana and continues for a distance of 3 km, bathed by warm, calm waters, all the way to neighbouring Monte Gordo. The National Coastal Dune Scrubland, a forest of maritime and stone pine growing on the dunes, gives a fresh, green feel to this Mediterranean setting, excessively hot, dry and bright. The most interesting way to get to the seafront is along a foot- and cycle path called “Caminho dos Três Pauzinhos”, along which a mini-train also runs. This path goes through a large pine grove where you can smell the aromas of the resin, thyme and curry plants, the latter giving off a strong curry odour. Sharp-eyed visitors may spot the slow-moving and generally camouflaged chameleons ambling through the pine grove. Close to the beach, bridal veil broom, a tall scrub plant typical of the eastern Algarve sands, prevails. And on the crests of the dunes closest to the sea, you will see beach grass. The mouth of the Guadiana can be seen off to the east and on the other side of the great southern river lies Spain.

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

Road access by tarmacked road is from the EN 125, heading towards the jetty at Vila Real de Santo António (Ponta da Areia) and then crossing the scrubland, following the signs to the beach (about 1.2 km of the road is dirt track). There is plenty of informal parking on beaten earth. As an alternative, you can take the foot- and cycle path or the mini-train (entrance next to Vila Real de Santo António Sports Complex), a distance of about 1.5 km. Support infrastructures include a restaurant, WC and information and recreational facilities. There are lifeguards on duty in the summer holiday season. This is an accessible beach. Orientation: south-west.

GPS: 37°10'24.47"N 7°25'18.54"W

Facilities

  • Blue Flag
    Blue Flag
  • Accessible Beach
    Accessible Beach

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