Category Archives: Portugal
Caneiros, Ferragudo Town
The final beach we tried to get to was in Ferragudo town. However, the directions we found on the internet were so poor we could not find it and so spent the day on Praia dos Caneiros. I have therefore decided to provide some proper directions for all you ‘nakationers’!
To get to the bare beach, drive out of Portimao into Ferragudo. Continue along the EN539 towards Vale da Azinhaga. Drive through this small built-up area. Just after exiting there is a right hand turn towards the Ferragudo lighthouse. Go past here and the rod to the beach is the next on your right. Leave you car at the car park above the main beach. Walk down to the beach and turn to the right (as you face the sea). Access is gained by walking round the foot of the cliff (best to be done during low tide).
The fantastic Bare Beaches book (Lifestyle Press) gives the following comments on the beach:
“The small but almost exclusively bare beach is easy to find and has a fabulous view of craggy offshore rocks. The beach is a delightful and safe place to swim or sunbathe on the yellow sands and watch the seagulls flocking to the rocky islets. You can hire a paddle boat from the neighbouring Ferragudo town beach.
Hope you can find it! If so, let us know your thoughts.
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.
Praia das Furnas (Figueira)
The first beach we went to (and probably our favourite) was Praia das Furnas.
The beach is located just off the N125 at Figueira. Turn left or right at Parque da Floresta, towards Figueira village. After passing through the village follow a narrow concrete road. You will cross over a small wooden bridge. Shortly afterwards there is a dirt track to the left. This will take you to the beach. We missed this turning originally and had to turn back after reaching 4 or 5 properties. Turning back round it was actually easier to see the dirt track we were looking for heading to the right. The track to the beach was very stony so go easy in your hire car! You’ll soon reach a small farm building where the track goes to the right. You should then see a small car park at the rear of the beach.
The beach is featured in Inspirations Algarve April 2010 Newsletter:
When we visited there was about 50 people in total. Given that the beach is fairly expansive, people tend to sunbathe to the left or right. We headed to right on our first visit where 100% of visitors were nude. There was a good mix of ages. However, towards the end of the day a textiled family turned up and made us feel a little uncomfortable due to how close they ‘pitched’ next to us.
On our second visit we went to the left (as you face the sea). Here the rock formations were much more interesting and again, all beach users were nude. There was again one clothed family set back from the beach but this did not seem to cause any problems.
Remember to take everything you need for the day as there are no facilities. If you go on the right side you will definitely need a windbreak but this is not really needed on the left hand side of the beach.
We would definitely recommend this beach to anyone is this part of the Algarve. In fact, if anyone knows of any accommodation nearby, we would love to hear from you!
We spent a week in a small one bedroom villa with it’s own private pool on the outskirts of Benagil. The villa was advertised as having ‘a degree of privacy’ which was true apart from when the farmer turned up every couple of days or so! The villa overlooked agricultural land so was not at all overlooked and we felt comfortable to laze around the pool in the nude.
Benagil was great for it’s central location for exploring the coast (although a hire car was a must for the villa as we did feel that we were in the middle of nowhere.
We spent our honeymoon in Portugal, combing a few days in Lisbon, followed by a week in the Algarve.
We stayed just outside Lisbon in Cascais at the Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa (http://www.granderealvillaitaliahotel.com) which was fantastic.
Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great for the few days we were there. We decided to spend the afternoon in Sintra which was gorgeous. After a few hours admiring the various palaces, we decided to check out the beach.
Praia da Ursa
Traveling back down the N247 from Sintra to Cascais we paid a visit to Praia da Ursa. Unfortunately the weather was poor and very windy so we gave it a miss. The photos below show how beautiful it is though! Oh well, maybe next time!