This area shows signs of human settlement from long ago, having been used for many centuries by fishing communities. Now the brightly-coloured boats and their fishing equipment are to be found only at the western end of the beach, although the activity is still continued on a non-industrial basis. Having been a pioneering region in the history of tourism in the Algarve, Monte Gordo is now an important tourist centre, equipped with all kinds of facilities, including a casino. The beach forms part of a wide bay and the environment here is one of the hottest, driest and sunniest in the Algarve, whilst the sea is famous for its warmth and the gentle nature of the waves. To the west and in the central area of the beach, the sand is backed by a busy seaside avenue, built with the typical Portuguese paving stones, along which there are gardens and a wide variety of tourist facilities. In the small dunes, which continue to be formed, only the prickly sea holly has withstood the constant treading of visitors’ feet. To the east, the beach is wilder, the line of sand dunes grows wider and you can already see the typical vegetation of sandy beaches. There is a picnic area nearby, shaded by pine trees and close to the campsite.
- Posted in: Beaches
- Posted on : Wednesday, 01 February 2017.
- Ownership:: Public