Praia da Cova Redonda: the #1 guide
Praia da Cova Redonda is a charming beach in the municipality of Lagoa. It is most popular with families who come here to enjoy their summer holiday. The most interesting landmark of the beach is a big rock formation in the water. Let’s discover this beach.
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Praia da Cova Redonda is a medium-sized beach located in a bay between two rocky cliffs. Some cliffs are heavily eroded and have strange shapes. The rocks provide shelter against the wind, making this a sheltered beach. Praia da Cova Redonda almost looks like the sea gave the cliffs a big bite, leaving only the golden sand.
Praia da Cova Redonda is also known as Praia das Gaivotas (Beach of the Seagulls) or Praia do Vila Lara, named after the luxurious Vilalara Thalassa Resort, which is situated above the beach. In general, you can find many holiday apartments and tourist resorts in the area behind the beach.
Praia da Cova Redonda is located east of Praia de Nossa Senhora da Rocha and west of Praia dos Tremoços. You can see that the cliffs divide the area into several smaller coves. Always make sure to not stay close to the cliffs, always keep some distance. On the picture below you can see the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Rocha on the second-last cliff.
The water at Praia da Cova Redonda is calm and gets deeper only slowly. This makes it a great beach to visit with young children. Moreover, you can find many shells on both ends of the beach. In general, the beach is quiet and peaceful. It is always possible to find a spot. In summer, the beach is mostly visited by families who stay in the nearby holiday apartments or resorts. Praia da Cova Redonda is an amazing beach for families.
The most unique feature of Praia da Cova Redonda is a big rock formation in the water, near the eastern side of the beach. This rock kind of looks like a vessel or a big whale. You can see some vegetation on the rock and often also sea birds.
From above you can even better see how distinctive this rock is (on the left side of the picture).
How to get there
The easiest way to move around in the Algarve is by car. If you don’t have one, make sure to rent a car. When driving on the EN125 national road, take the exit at Porches and continue on the M530-1 in the direction of Armação de Pêra. Turn right towards Alporchinhos and Vila Lara. You will then see signs indicating the beach. You can park your car along the road, about 200 metres from the beach. The entrance to the staircase can be a bit hard to find. It is next to the road, on the west side of the beach. Past the Pestana Viking Beach Hotel you will see a sign indicating the beach.
Access to the beach is via a long staircase with more than 100 steps. However, the steps are long and not steep, so it is relatively easy. Even though you cannot see the beach from the top of the stairs, the descent is beautiful with lots of green vegetation on either side. When you reach the bottom of the stairs, the beach looks quite small. But when you turn around the corner of the cliff, you will see the rest of the beach.
Beach kiosk and restaurant
There is a small kiosk on the beach, near the entrance. Here you can get basic snacks, drinks and ice cream. However, if you are looking for a proper lunch, the nearest restaurant is on top of the cliff. It is called Palmeiras. This restaurant / snack bar has good food for an affordable price.
If you are looking to stay in the area, we recommend any of the following hotels:
- Pestana Viking Beach & SPA Resort. This four star resort offers several rooms with a beautiful view over the Atlantic Ocean. It has many wellness facilities, including several swimming pools, a gym, a sauna and various massages. Moreover, the resort has direct access to the beach.
- Vilalara Thalassa Resort. This five star hotel offers nothing but the best. There are 6 outdoor swimming pools and 2 restaurants on-site. In addition you can follow a yoga class, hit the gym or enjoy a wellness treatment, such as a hot stone massage. And the service of this hotel is outstanding. Highly rated.
- Be Live Family Palmeiras Village All-Inclusive. This all-inclusive hotel focuses on families. There is a children’s playground and rooms are decorated in a way that children will love. Of course there are plenty of activities for parents as well, such as a pool bar and evening entertainment.
Another option is to quickly check the availability of nearby hotels. Below you can find a map with the location of hotels near Porches. By changing the date of your holiday, the map will show you the current prices.
The coastline around Lagoa is truly beautiful and we recommend to take a boat trip to explore the coastline. This excursion will surely enrich your holiday. Below you can find our favourite excursions in the area. You can book them online beforehand.
You can find some facilities on Praia da Cova Redonda, but not all of them. For example, there is a small kiosk where you can get refreshments, but there is no toilet on the beach. There are lifeguards on duty and sunbeds for hire. Furthermore, you can get a massage on the beach.
Facilities in Praia da Cova Redonda:
- Restaurant: yes
- Bar/club: no
- Toilet: no
- Shower: no
- Water sports: no
- Sunbeds: yes
- Parking: yes
- Lifeguards: yes
- Blue Flag beach: no