Praia da Boca do Rio: the #1 guide
Praia da Boca do Rio is an unspoiled beach in the municipality of Vila do Bispo. It is really quiet here, which is why the beach is rarely visited. Furthermore, you can find some Roman ruins on the beach as well as the remains of a 19th century fish canning factory. Let’s explore this beach.
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Praia da Boca do Rio is a medium-sized beach of about 150 metres in length. The beach is rather wide though. On both sides of the beach there are dramatic cliffs. The area around the beach is undeveloped and there are no modern buildings in sight. There is almost nothing here.
Part of the beach consists of rocks. There are not many rocks in the water though, which makes it a good beach for swimming. Just beware that there are no lifeguards here. Not far from the coast you can actually explore the shipwreck of a French ship that sank in 1759 after a battle. This activity is popular among divers.
Literally, Praia da Boca do Rio translates as river mouth beach. This is because you can find the river mouth of the Ribeira de Budens river on the east side of the beach. The river flows through a valley into the sea. If you follow the river inland, you can occasionally spot otters swimming here. In addition, you can see many birds around this area. Sometimes, the water of the Ribeira de Budens river doesn’t fully reach the sea and creates a small freshwater lagoon near the beach.
You can even see cows grazing on the banks of the river behind the beach.
Praia da Boca do Rio is quite isolated and relatively unknown. In addition, there are no facilities on the beach. Thus it is a peaceful and quiet beach. Most people only stay here for a short amount of time, which is why the beach is often deserted. If you bring some food and drinks, it is a great beach to enjoy nature. We recommend visiting the beach when the nearby beaches are too busy for you. Praia da Boca do Rio is mainly visited by people who love nature. The area is also popular among campervan owners, due to easy parking here.
Ruins of the Roman villa
A long time ago, the Romans used this area to cultivate rice and other produce. Boca do Rio used to be an important Roman villa. On the west side of the beach you can still find the ruins of this old Roman villa, together with the remains of a fish canning factory from the 19th century. Boca do Rio is a well-known archaeological site from the Roman era in the Algarve. You can actually still see traces of frescoes and mosaics here.
There are some great hiking trails near Praia da Boca do Rio, both to the east and to the west. If you walk east, you should walk towards the Fort of Almádena. It is also possible to walk west, towards Salema. During this cliff walk you have a beautiful panoramic view over the beach of Praia da Boca do Rio and the surrounding area. Highly recommended.
Fort of Almádena
Just east of Praia da Boca do Rio you can find the Fort of Almádena. In the past, this fort was used to defend the coast against pirate attaks. Nowadays only ruins are left.
Still, it is an amazing place to admire the coastline. And if you want to make your day extra special, make sure to watch the sunset from here.
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. The best way to reach Praia da Boca do Rio is to exit the N125 at Budens and continue about 3 kilometres in the direction of the sea. You can follow the signs from there. Behind the beach is a parking area. Parking here is free of course.
This area is popular among people with campervans, so you can often see large campervans parked here. Sometimes they actually park right behind the beach.
Restaurants and hotels
Praia da Boca do Rio is relatively close to Praia da Salema. Thus we recommend the same restaurants and hotels as you can find in the article about Praia da Salema.
Another option is to quickly check the availability of nearby hotels. Below you can find a map with the location of hotels near Salema. By changing the date of your holiday, the map will show you the current prices.
The best thing about visiting the Algarve is discovering its many beautiful places. Going on an excursion is one of the best ways to explore the region in our opinion. Booking an excursion online beforehand will save you time and money. Below you can find our favourite excursions in the area.
There are no facilities on Praia da Boca do Rio. The beach is unsupervised and there are no toilets. It is best to bring some food and drinks with you. There is actually a picnic area close to the beach of Boca do Rio. If you don’t have anything to eat or drink, you can best go to the nearby village of Salema.
Facilities in Praia da Boca do Rio:
- Restaurant: no
- Bar/club: no
- Toilet: no
- Shower: no
- Water sports: no
- Sunbeds: no
- Parking: yes
- Lifeguards: no
- Blue flag beach: no