Portugal – July 2009 (Part 4)
Praia dos Pinheiros
The second beach we visited was just outside Lagos – Praia dos Pinheiros.
The beach is located in Lagos, between Praia do Camilo and Ponta da Piedade. We drove to Ponta de Peidade, taking the coast road out of Lagos (signposted Ponta da Piedade) where you can park your car just before the lighthouse. There was a few small shops where you can buy drinks and snacks but suggest you take all you need for the day. Walk back towards Lagos along the coastal footpath and Praia dos Pinheiros is about 5 minute walk. Look out for steps leading down to the beach.
Although not very big, the beach was gorgeous and very sheltered. The sea was warm and very clear – ideal for snorkeling. We spent two days here in total and both days attracted around 15 – 20 people. There was a good mix of people including elderly Portuguese couples, young couples and families.
There are steps that have been cut into the rocks to make access easy. Although they are quite step which could be a problem for the less mobile.
The only downside was the number of small fishing boats that ferry tourists along the coast from Lagos to the Lighthouse who tended to slow down to wave (and take photos) of the ‘crazy naked people’ as they went past.
We would still recommend it though.