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Tour Loulé Beaches

Tour Loulé Beaches

The coastal strip of the Municipality of Loulé stretches for some 13.5km and visitors will be delighted at the extraordinary expanses of fine golden sandy beaches.

The long hours of sunshine, pleasant climate, average seawater temperatures of around 22ºC and some of the best tourist facilities not just in the Algarve but in the entire country, make the Municipality of Loulé one of the most sought after holiday destinations for many tourists travelling to the region.

 

01 VILAMOURA BEACH 

Situated between Vilamoura Marina’s eastern pontoon and the city of Quarteira’s Fishing Port, this is a Blue Flag beach set in one of Europe’s largest tourism and property developments. It offers excellent conditions of access and mobility for all and an exten - sive range of top quality facilities and equipment for beach-goers’ enjoyment.

 

Area for beach-goers’ use 900m

Road Access Signposted on the EN 125 road. Foot access from Vilamoura.

Parking Organised, paid parking/free for the disabled.

Access to the Sands Ramps and stairs.

 

 

02 QUARTEIRA BEACH 

This city-centre beach is one of the best known and most sought after in the country, particularly by Portuguese holidaymakers dur - ing the summer months. There is a huge range of tourist and cul - tural facilities, backed by quality accommodation and appealing leisure areas. The seafront avenue (called the “Calçadão”), with its traditional Portuguese crazy paving, runs the length of the beach and is partly pedestrianised, providing an excellent opportunity for visitors to enjoy a long walk and relaxed leisure time.

 

Area for beach-goers’ use 1700m

Road Access Signposted on the EN 125 road. Foot access from Quarteira.

Parking Plenty of organised parking along the Avenue and in the streets next to the beach.

Access to the Sands Ramps and stairs. 

 

03 FORTE NOVO BEACH 

Located at the far eastern end of Quarteira, with ochre-coloured cliffs contrasting with the green of the pine groves and the gold of the sands. The exposed roots of pine trees can be seen here and there as a result of erosion by the sea. The built-up part of Quarteira and Vilamoura can be seen to the west, whilst to the east the buildings give way to the greenery of the pine groves atop the red cliffs.

Area for beach-goers’ use 300m

Road Access Tarmacked from Av. Sá Carneiro, at the eastern exit of Quarteira; foot access along the seafront avenue or from adjacent streets.

Parking No organised parking. Parking is at random along the access road.

Access to the Sands Ramp and stairs

 

04 ALMARGEM BEACH

Located between Vale do Lobo and Quarteira as you head towards Almancil from Quarteira, this beach is also known as “Praia do Cavalo Preto” (Black Horse Beach). It has a splendid scenic setting dominated by a large pine grove and the lake at the mouth of the Almargem Stream, a habitat for water fowl. Here, tranquillity rules supreme amid the pine groves, making this the perfect spot for a peaceful, close-up encounter with nature or a picnic. This is a large beach, divided into two distinct sections, one with sand dunes and the other with a steep cliff, and there is a conces - sionary area on the strip of sand that lies between the lake and the sea, providing beach-goers with all the usual beach facilities.

Please Note The lake is not recommended for swimming as the bed is very silty.

Area for beach-goers’ use 550m

Road Access Tarmacked road, signposted at the eastern exit of Quarteira heading towards Almancil. After the turn-off, access is along two dirt tracks of approximately 1km and 3km in length respectively, situated at the edge of the beach.

Parking No organised parking (do not park on the cliff top). Mountain bikes are recommended as the western track is part of the Algarve Coastal Cycle Route.

Access to the Sands Direct, sloping.

 

05 LOULÉ VELHO BEACH

Located in the Fonte Santa (Quarteira) area below a continuous stretch of very unstable cliff, with calm, transparent water, and completely surrounded by an extensive pine grove that is an open invitation to enjoy some peaceful leisure time. Since the rising tide can sometimes reach the base of the cliff, the beach can’t always be used. When the sea washes the sand away it occasionally leaves some old Roman fish-salting tanks un - covered, and the silt from an ancient estuary-lagoon system, the remains of an era when the sea was set much farther back than it is today. Here, there are also the submersed ruins of a Carthaginian fishing hamlet.

Area for beach-goers’ use 500m

Road Access Tarmacked road at the eastern exit of Quarteira heading towards Almancil. The eastern access is via Sítio do Trafal and the western access from Almargem Beach. From a certain point, both roads give way to dirt tracks.

Parking In the pine grove, at random

Access to the Sands Direct, sloping

 

06 VALE DO LOBO BEACH

This beach is set amid the internationally acclaimed golf and holiday resort of Vale do Lobo. There are plenty of leisure areas here, in a beautifully cared-for area between the pine trees and landscaped gardens. Its hallmark is the natural beauty of its ochre and red cliffs and the extensive sands linking the neighbouring beaches, providing some excellent opportunities for long walks.

Note It is very important that you keep a safe distance from the base of the cliffs and the edge of the cliff top.

Area for beach-goers’ use 700m

Road Access Tarmacked road from Escanxinas. Take the road between Quarteira and Almancil, heading towards Vale do Lobo for about 6km.

Parking Organised parking at the edge of the beach.

Access to the Sands Direct and via steps.

 

07 GARRÃO POENTE BEACH

Located between Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, next to the Dunas Douradas Tourist Complex, part of the beach an area of cliffs and part has sand dunes covered in typical vegetation. It lies at the edge of the Ria Formosa Nature Park and is surrounded by a pine grove. A series of walkways lead through the pine grove to the beach, skirting Dunas Douradas Lake, a small freshwater wet zone that is inhabited by varies species of animals, particularly birds and small invertebrates.

Note Help preserve the dune system by keeping to the walkways.

Area for beach-goers’ use 800m

Road Access Tarmacked road from Escanxinas. Take the road from Quarteira to Almancil, heading towards Vale do Garrão for about 6km.

Parking Organised, in the car park beside the beach.

Access to the Sands Ramps and stairs.

 

08 GARRÃO NASCENTE BEACH

Located in an area of cliffs interspersed with extensive sand du - nes, this beach occasionally offers good surfing conditions. The vast expanse of sand means it is possible to find some quieter areas offering more privacy. There is a freshwater wet zone here surrounded by scattered pine groves, greatly appreciated by water fowl. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants here, and the excellent services and facilities help to attract many visitors.

Area for beach-goers’ use 600m

Road Access Tarmacked road from Escanxinas. Take the road between Quarteira and Almancil; or from Almancil heading towards Vale do Garrão for about 6km.

Parking At random on the wasteground.

Access to the Sands Ramps and stairs (steep)

 

 

09 ANCÃO BEACH

Located inside the boundary of the Ria Formosa Nature Park between Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, this is the most isolated beach in the Municipality. The sands stretch for a considerable distance, offering some areas of greater privacy. With its vast expanse of sand dunes, the whole Vale do Ancão area is surrounded by woods, largely consisting of stone pine and typical sand dune plants. In addition to offering sun canopies and other complementary services, this is a beach where the support facilities blend in nicely with the landscape. There are four wooden walkways leading on to the sands.

Note Help preserve the dune system by keeping to the walkways.

Area for beach-goers’ use 1500m Road AccessTarmacked road from Escanxinas. Take the road between Quarteira and Almancil; or from Almancil heading towards Clube do Ancão for about 6km. Cross the tourist complex then take the one-way dirt track (about 2km long) to the beach

Parking At random. There’s plenty of room in 3 unpaved car parks

Access to the Sands Walkways with stairs

 

10 QUINTA DO LAGO BEACH

This is a large, pretty beach, situated in the heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Park, with sheltered dunes and a large rock-free expanse of sand. It is located in one of the Algarve’s most luxurious tourist complexes, offering excellent infrastructure such as golf, tennis, horse riding, a huge variety of water sports and sun canopies, to name but a few. Access to the sands is by a wooden bridge that blends in beautifully with the surroundings and, at 300m in length, is the largest in Europe. This is an area of tremendous biodiversity, with many different types of habitat, and is a splendid spot for bird watching. There are marked footpaths from which visitors can have a close-up view of mallards, coots, purple swamphens and other birds. There are also many different types of plants on the well-preserved dunes.

Note Help preserve the dune system by keeping to the walkways.

Area for beach-goers’ use 1000m

Road Access Tarmacked road from Escanxinas. Take the road between Quarteira and Almancil, heading towards Quinta do Lago for about 7km; or from Almancil, heading towards Quinta do Lago for about 4km.

Parking Organised, paid parking with plenty of room.

Access to the Sands Wooden bridge and walkways with stairs and ramp.

 

 Helpful Advice

Enjoy your time on the beach in safety and be considerate to other beach-goers

  • Always go choose beaches that are supervised by lifeguards and obey the colour-coded safety flags;
  • Eat light meals and drink plenty of liquids. Give yourself time to digest your meal;
  • Avoid sunbathing between the hours of 11 am and 5 pm, and use an appropriate sunscreen for your skin type;
  • Take care when engaging in sporting activities. Do so in the proper places, without disturbing other beach-goers;
  • Don’t take pets to the beach;
  • Always put your rubbish in the appropriate bins;
  • Keep the access to the beach clear, parking only in authorised areas, and never stay at the base of the cliffs or on the cliff tops;
  • Help preserve the dunes and their plant life by using the proper, signposted accesses.

 

source: câmara municipal de loulé

 

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