Marinha Beach

7.800 meters from Carvoeiro by road going east
see on map lat: 37° 5'24.18"N long: 8°24'45.65"O
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Parking: There is a large car park for the beach.
Access: Steps lead you down to the beach, there are lots of them but they are easy to negotiate and there are plenty of places to stop and pretend you are admiring the view while you catch your breath on the way back up.
Water quality: Excellent
Lifeguard: Yes (01/06 – 30/09)
Beach Bar: Yes. There is a restaurant on the beach that is open during the high season.
Picnic Area: Yes. A large area in the car park with great views, plenty of benches and tables and a little shade too. A popular spot.

Details: This beach has been voted as one of the most beautiful in the world and from the moment you step out of the car you can see why.

Wind your way down the pretty step pathway to the beach itself which has incredible views of the stacks out to sea.

Because it is award winning, the beach is very popular, especially in the high season but don't let this put you off as there is plenty of space for everyone at high tide with a small beach area in front of the restaurant and a larger area that can be accessed at lower tide times round to the right.

This beach, like all in the local area, has been classed as being dangerous if you sit near to the cliffs as rock falls are common – so just place your towel nearer to the sea and take a parasol for shade rather than relying on the cliffs.

The water quality here has improved to now be of an excellent standard so this is a good one for a spot of swimming and has a large sheltered area of sea that is good for snorkelling or for less confident swimmers.

You can bypass the beach if you like and continue along the path towards the Albandeira beach if you fancy a cliff walk with a difference (see Seven Hanging valleys walk).


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