Benagil Beach

5.200 meters from Carvoeiro by road going east
see on map lat: 37° 5'14.94"N long: 8°25'35.84"O
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Parking: Very limited. The parking here is road side on either side of the very steep valley that leads down to the main beach. In the summer it can be difficult to find a space but there is one disabled space available at the bottom.
Access: Very easy to get onto the beach here with a gentle ramp leading onto the sand.
Water quality: Excellent
Lifeguard: Yes (01/06 – 30/09)
Beach Bar: Not only is there somewhere to eat right before the beach ( OLota), Benagil also has several restaurants that line the road up and down the valley so you can either enjoy a quick snack by the beach or a full meal in one of the restaurants.
Picnic Area: No
Details: A real working beach with fishing boats, nets and baskets all greeting you as you head down to the sand.

Watch the fishermen at work here as they pop in and out of their huts or arrange to take a boat trip from here to see the amazing caves along the coast and the secluded boat access only beaches.

Again, the cliffs are dangerous here and you should not sunbathe under the cliffs but the beach itself is a good size extending around to the left with beautiful white sands and lovely views.

Parking is a problem here so many people never stop making this often a quieter beach to visit in the high season (although all beaches are busy in August!).

With the easy access onto the beach this one is ideal for those with limited mobility or with small children as it is only a short walk from the fishing boats to the sand.

If you don't want to get sand between your toes (and everywhere else for that mater) then you can sit in the café just set back from the beach and enjoy the views.