The road to the beach winds its way for three kilometres along a lush green valley by the side of the Ribeira de Ceixe, through planted fields that are gradually replaced by marshland. On the slopes of the valley, you can see cork-oak groves that, as you draw nearer to the beach, give way to coastal scrubland where sweet-smelling aromatic plants abound. The white houses seen nestling in the cliff are mainly holiday homes. The beach is a wide tongue of sand between the sea and the river emerging at the northern end, forming several shallow lagoons which are the delight of children. Canoes can also be rented and you can paddle up the river, the home to animals such as the otter, the grey heron or the brightly coloured kingfisher. On either side of the beach are black schist cliffs, highly stratified and fissured, with seams of pearl-coloured quartz, reminiscent of structures made of Lego. To the south of Praia de Odeceixe, after passing by the enormous, oddly-shaped rocks that mark out its boundaries, you will find a small cove containing Praia das Adegas, an official naturist beach. At high tide, it can be reached by a footpath running down the cliff from the viewing point.
- Posted in: Beaches
- Posted on : Wednesday, 01 February 2017.
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