Praia da Dona Ana – General information
Praia da Dona Ana is a beach near Lagos in the Algarve. Praia da Dona Ana is one of the most photographed beaches in the Algarve. You can find pictures of the beaches on many postcards and billboards that promote the Algarve.
Praia da Dona Ana is surrounded by impressive rock formations. Standing on the cliffs, you have an amazing view over the sea and the beach.
From here you also have a great view of the sunset.
In 2015, the town of Lagos has performed some work on the beach. It was decided to increase the beach in terms of size, by doubling the area of sand. Since this is relatively new, you will still see many pictures online of the old Praia da Dona Ana, where there was less sand. A bit earlier, the beach was affected by a big storm. The beach is still popular, but locals say it has lost its beauty that it once had. However, Praia da Dona Ana is still highly rated on TripAdvisor. It has still been named as the 16th best beach in Europe and the second best beach of Portugal by TripAdvisor.
The sand is nice and gold-coloured. There is almost no wind at the beach, since it is sheltered by the big cliffs. The cliffs also provide some shadow, which can be nice on a hot day.
The sea water at Praia da Dona Ana is very clean and calm. This is why the beach is also very popular for snorkeling. You can see a big variety of flora and fauna underwater. There are almost no currents or big waves. Be warned that even in mid-summer, the water can be very cold.
It can get very crowded on the beach, especially in the summer. If you feel like you want a beach with more space, go to the nearby Meia Praia.
The coast around Praia da Dona Ana has many caves and grottoes that can be visited. It is highly recommended to take a boat tour to explore these wonders of nature.
How to get there
Praia da Dona Ana is reachable by foot from the center of Lagos (2,5 kilometres). Just follow Avenida dos Descobrimentos (the main harbour road) south, turn left at the fire station and then follow the road in the direction of the Iber Lagos hotel. If you go by car, you can enter the following address in your GPS: Dona Ana, 8600-315 Lagos, Portugal. There is also the option to go by bus. The bus goes every hour and costs around 1,20 euros. The final option is to go by taxi, which will cost you around 5 euros.
Praia da Dona Ana – Facilities
To get to the beach, you have to descend several stairs. This makes the beach not accessible by wheelchair. There is one small restaurant on the beach. If you want more choice, there are several cafes on top of the cliffs surrounding Praia da Dona Ana. There is also a hotel very near the beach.
Facilities in Praia da Dona Ana:
• Restaurant: yes
• Bar/club: no
• Toilet: yes
• Shower: yes
• Water sports: yes
• Sunbeds: yes
• Parking: yes, but very limited
• Lifeguards: yes
• Blue flag beach: yes