This is an extensive beach linked to the town of Manta Rota, which still retains some of its original character as a fishing village, although it is now an important tourist centre. The beach marks the eastern end of the Ria Formosa lagoon system. The line of sand dunes is wide, especially to the east and west of the town, since in the central part of the beach there is a predominance of tourist facilities. Raised wooden footpaths lead onto the sand, allowing visitors the chance to observe the vegetation of the dunes, stretching from the seafront, where there is a predominance of European beachgrass and sea holly, to the inland area where the more aromatic plants begin to appear, such as helichrysum, which impregnates the air with its intense curry-like smell, as well as some large-sized bushes, such as bridal broom, a characteristic plant of the sandy soils of the Algarve’s eastern region. A refreshing line of poplars marks the edge of the car park at the eastern end of the beach. This beach is less frequented than the neighbouring bathing area of Praia de Monte Gordo and offers some peaceful nooks and crannies, particularly at the ends of the beach.
- Posted in: Beaches
- Posted on : Wednesday, 01 February 2017.
- Ownership:: Public