Praia do Carvalho – General information
Praia do Carvalho is a small beach in the municipality of Lagoa, near Carvoeiro. According to locals, this beach has been named after a captain called Carvalho, who supposedly owned this beach back in the days. The beach is highly rated on TripAdvisor, whose community states this is the #3 best thing to do in the area of Carvoeiro.
To access the beach you need to walk through a man-made tunnel in the rocks. In this tunnel you can see several fossils. The beach is kind of shaped in a V, and is surrounded by steep cliffs. This also provides shelter against the wind and even shadow. Be warned that you should not sit directly underneath the cliffs, because there is the risk of rocks falling.
Praia do Carvalho is a relatively quiet beach. There are no hotels or resorts directly on the beach. This makes this beach perfect for those who want to get away from the crowded beaches that you can find in other parts of the Algarve. The water is clean and the sea is calm.
The area near Lagoa is famous for its impressive rock formations. Near Praia do Carvalho you will find a rock formation known as the window, which looks out over the beach. It is the result of many years of erosion.
If you are adventurous, there are some rocks that allow you to jump in the water. On the right of the beach you can walk into an opening in the cliff, from where you can jump in the water. Even though this is already quite high, it is relatively low. On the left side of the beach, there is a higher cliff that allows you to jump in the water. To get there, walk all the way around up on the cliffs. This is much higher than the first jump. The water here is very deep, so don’t worry that you will hit the bottom of the sea. Be warned that jumping from this high can hurt your feet the moment they touch the water.
How to get there
Praia do Carvalho is not very easy to find as some of the other beaches nearby. To get to this beach, you can enter the following address in your GPS: Rua de Algarve Clube Atlântico H15, Lagoa, Portugal.
Praia do Carvalho – Facilities
Unfortunately, there are almost no facilities near Praia do Carvalho. There is no restaurant, so make sure you bring your own food and drinks. The beach is also not accessible by wheelchair. If you really need facilities, you have to go to Club Atlantico.
Facilities in Praia do Carvalho:
• Restaurant: no
• Bar/club: no
• Toilet: no
• Shower: no
• Water sports: no
• Sunbeds: no
• Parking: yes
• Lifeguards: no
• Blue flag beach: no