7. Praia dos Estudantes
The Praia dos Estudantes beach offers a small sandy area nestled among rocky formations that extend into the sea and allow for a quiet water perfect for swimming! This beach in Lagos, Algarve, is surrounded by cliffs, in which two tunnels have been excavated: one to the west, giving access to a tiny beach.
There you can see a beautiful manmade arch to link one of the rocks with the mainland. The other tunnel links Praia dos Estudiantes with Praia da Batata beach. The western tunnel is slightly worn down by the erosion of the sea and its possible to see organisms from the intertidal space, such as mussels, limpets, balanus, shrimp, and algae.
8. Praia do Canavial
The name of Praia do Canavial beach derives from the vast reedbed extending around the torrential water that runs in a waterfall during the rain season. This beach can be accessed through a network of pedestrian trails on top of the cliffs, where lots of local vegetation from the Algarve can be seen.
The final part of the trails goes through a sinuous and narrow path descending on stairs sculpted in the same rock of the cliff. The rock here is characterized by ochre and red tones. The sandy area is kind of narrow and hugged by the cliffs, creating the sensation of it being an isolated and quiet place.
9. Praia de Porto de Mós
Porto de Mós is a beach known for its wide sand extension sided by two high cliffs. At the top of one of the cliffs you’ll see a viewpoint with a unique landscape where you can see the whole coastline till Sagres.
At the cliffs you’ll see different kinds of plants and vegetable species, some with medicinal properties. Even though this beach is located near Lagos it still maintains its natural characteristics as well as its original environment.