Praia da Marinha – General information
Praia da Marinha is an iconic beach near Lagoa. It is located between Armação de Pêra and Carvoeiro. Praia da Marinha is known as one of the most beautiful beaches of the world. CNN highlights the amazing cliff side and is the favorite beach of Lonely Planet in the Algarve. You will frequently come across photos of Praia da Marinha in advertisements for the Algarve. In real life, the beach is even prettier than on pictures. According to TripAdvisor, Praia da Marinha is the best beach in Portugal, the #3 thing to do in the Algarve and the #1 thing to do in Carvoeiro.
The beach is surrounded by steep cliffs. When you arrive and park your car, you can take a long stairs to go down to the beach. Before you descend the stairs however, make sure you check out the breathtaking view over the beach. Near the beach you can find a famous rock structure that looks like the letter M.
The sand on Praia da Marinha is soft and the beach is well-maintained. it is not the biggest beach of the Algarve, but usually it is easy to find a spot. Praia da Marinha is popular with Portuguese families and tourists. The beach is not as crowded as some of the other beaches in the Algarve, which is weird considering the fact that every tourist handbook recommends this beach. The beach can only be reached by car, so that is probably why. The sea near Praia da Marina is calm and the water is really clear, almost transparent. This makes it a popular destination for snorkeling, as it is possible to see many different kinds of marine species and fish underwater. So make sure to bring your snorkeling gear to this beach!
From Praia da Marinha you can take a boat trip to see the many different grottoes and caves near the coastline of Lagoa. This boat trip is highly recommended.
There is a walking trail up on the cliffs near Praia da Marinha. Instead of descending the stairs on the left to go to the beach, you go right and follow the walking trail. This walk will give you amazing views over the nearby cliffs and beaches and can be highly recommended.
How to get there
Follow the N125 and exit at the International School at Lagoa. From then on you can simply follow the signs. On top of the cliff there is enough parking space.
Praia da Marinha – Facilities
When visiting the beach with young children, keep in mind that it can be difficult for them to descend the long stairs to the beach. Some of the steps towards the end are quite steep. This means it is hard, if not impossible, to reach the beach by wheelchair or with a buggy. There is one restaurant on the beach, where you can get refreshing snacks and drinks.
Facilities in Praia da Marinha:
• Restaurant: yes
• Bar/club: no
• Toilet: yes
• Shower: no
• Water sports: yes
• Sunbeds: yes
• Parking: yes
• Lifeguards: no
• Blue flag beach: no