Fri

21

Apr

2017

Six pristine beaches around Sagres, Portugal.

Praia de Cordoama, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Praia de Cordoama

 

The main intention of this haphazard adventure was always to delve into Portugal, though I would have been surprised to find out that we'd enter from the South. Passing the most built up stretch of the Algarve in the rain, we bee-lined towards Sagres on the promise of surf.

 

March is a good time for waves, but attracts far less ordinary holiday makers. Though relatively quiet and very easy to park up our van at this time of year, I think you would have to be more careful in the Summer.

 

Praia de Cordoama, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Praia de Cordoama

 

1. Praia da Coroama

 

Where green peaks reach the sea, like a cross between Hawaii and the Hebrides, we stayed beside Praia de Cordoama for three nights. The surf was good in the right conditions, but have a look from the cliffs to check where rocks are under the surface.

 

Praia de Cordoama, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Praia de Cordoama
Praia de Cordoama, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Praia de Cordoama
Praia de Cordoama, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Praia de Cordoama

 

2. Praia do Castelejo

 

Accessible on the South/West of Praia da Coroama at low tide or by taking a left when the road forks, Praia do Castelejo is a little smaller, but equally impressive. Overnight parking is specifically forbidden, but it's worth a detour.

 

Praia do Castelejo, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Praia do Castelejo
Praia do Castelejo, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Praia do Castelejo

 

3. Beliche

 

A little more popular, but great for surfing/body boarding when the waves are right, Beliche is a semi-circular bay, hemmed in by high (crumbling) yellow rock. A collection of vans were camped out on the cliffs, though I imagine it can get very windy at times.

 

Beliche, , Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Beliche

 

4. Praia da Ponta Riuva

 

Several miles down rutted muddy tracks, past farm buildings that wouldn't look out of place at the turn of the previous century and down a steep rocky road towards the sea, Ponta Riuva should have been deserted, but the surfers knew how to find it. The waves were enormous when we went and the tide-line is nearly high enough to engulf the whole beach, but it's totally undeveloped for miles around and you can't help but feel you have discovered a well guarded secret.

 

Ponta Riuva, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Ponta Riuva
Ponta Riuva, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Ponta Riuva

 

5. Praia da Tonel

 

Another popular spot for surfers, Tonel is a long expanse of yellow sand, scattered with spiky barnacled boulders around the fringes. There is also an impressive view of Sagres' huge fort on the Eastern cliff. 

 

Praia da Tonel, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Praia da Tonel
Praia da Tonel, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Praia da Tonel
Praia da Tonel, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Praia da Tonel
Praia da Tonel, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Praia da Tonel
Praia da Tonel, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal
Praia da Tonel

 

6. Praia da Burgau

 

Further East, Praia da Burgau is a different sort of beach. Rocky and a little desolate, but with dramatic cliffs, this is a good starting point for walkers. It also has a legitimate car-park for camper-vans, so in the Summer, when camping anywhere you like will be more heavily discouraged, this would be a quiet place to relax without fear of being moved on.

 

Praia da Burgau, campervan and van parking, Algarve, Portugal
Praia da Burgau

Write a comment

Comments: 2
  • #1

    Christina S. (Saturday, 22 April 2017 19:46)

    The beaches of Portugal are most definitely on my list! Maybe this summer (finally!)

  • #2

    Katie Featherstone (Saturday, 22 April 2017 19:53)

    I really hope you make it Christina. :)

Follow me...

Where's our van now?