Praia da Carriagem: the #1 guide
Praia da Carriagem is a beach for people who love to visit beaches off the beaten track. It is quite remote and almost always deserted. This beach is ideal if you love nature or like some privacy on the beach. Moreover, you can discover marvelous rock formations on Praia da Carriagem. Let’s discover this beach.
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Praia da Carriagem is a long and narrow beach, backed by big cliffs. It is a wild and remote beach, west of the village of Rogil. The beach falls under the municipality of Aljezur and is part of the Costa Vicentina natural park.
Praia da Carriagem is famous for its interesting and unusual geological formations that appear during low tide. These formations have been shaped a long time ago.
You will see many strange rock formations on the beach.
From above you can see just how crazy some rock formations are.
Praia da Carriagem consists of just a small strip of sand. The sand itself is quite hard and coarse. During high tide, the beach becomes really small and almost disappears. To truly see the beauty of the special rock formations of Praia da Carriagem, you should visit the beach during low tide. Moreover, during low tide you can also go for a beach walk.
The water of the Atlantic Ocean here can be wild and rough, especially outside summer season. It reminds you of the power of the ocean. Beware that there are many rocks in the water. This makes Praia da Carriagem not a good beach for swimming. Although you can sometimes see surfers here, surfing is not recommended on this beach, because of the many rocks in the water. It can be easy to hurt yourself against them.
On the north side of the beach you can also find several natural swimming pools among the rocks during low tide, which are great to explore. In the natural pools you can find an abundance of animal life, such as fish, shrimp, octopuses, crabs or mussels.
The rock formations at Carriagem beach have amazing colours. However, make sure to always keep some distance from the cliffs. There is always the danger of rockfall.
When you arrive, there is another small cove on the right side, where you can sit as well. You can see that in the picture below.
Praia da Carriagem is very remote and thus rarely visited. It is never crowded and if there are any people on the beach, it is just a few of them. Few people take the effort that is required to come here. The beach is really quiet and unspoiled. That makes this beach a great destination for people looking for some peace and quiet. However, this also means there is nothing nearby. You will have to bring your own food and drinks.
The beach is usually not visited by families with children, because part of the access to the beach is via a steep path. Even though it is not an official nude beach, the beach is sometimes visited by naturists. Praia da Carriagem is actually mostly used by local fishermen that work here to get the catch of the day.
Amphitheatre rock formation
At the north end of the beach you can see a very peculiar rock formation during low tide. These rounded patterns, carved in black schist, look like a natural amphitheatre.
Up-close you can see how amazing it is.
There are no other beaches directly connected to Carriagem. The nearest beach to the south is Praia da Amoreira and the nearest beach to the north is Praia do Vale dos Homens. Furthermore, if you like walking, there is also a cliff trail of about 6 kilometres from Praia da Carriagem towards Praia do Vale dos Homens.
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 beach is about 4 kilometres west of the village of Rogil, which is a village between Aljezur and Odeceixe. From Aljezur, drive north on the EN120. You will see a sign indicating Rogil and the beach of Carriagem. Follow the signs, which will take you to a dirt road. At the end of the road you will reach Praia da Carriagem. There is a small car park on top of the cliff. Since the beach usually only has a few visitors at most, it is easy to find a parking spot. From the top of the cliffs you will have a beautiful view over the beach and the Atlantic Ocean.
From the viewpoint on top of the cliffs, there is a pathway with a wooden staircase which leads to the beach. However, some parts of the descent are quite steep and can be a bit difficult. It is not really easy to access the beach.
On the way down to the beach you can see some fishermen huts. They look deserted, but are still used by local fishermen.
Another option to reach the beach is on foot, since it is very close to the Rota Vicentina hiking path. More specifically, you can walk the Praia da Amoreira circuit, which is part of Rota Vicentina’s Fishermen’s trail. This is a beautiful hike.
Moinho de Arregata
On your way to Praia da Carriagem, make sure to stop at Moinho de Arregata. This is a reconstruction of a traditional Portuguese windmill, located just south of the centre of Rogil. The windmill shows the traditional process of milling cereals.
Restaurants and hotels
Praia da Carriagem is relatively close to Praia do Vale dos Homens and there are not a lot of restaurants and hotels in this area. Thus we recommend the same restaurants and hotels as you can find in the article about Praia do Vale dos Homens.
Another option is to quickly check the availability of nearby hotels. Below you can find a map with the location of hotels near Rogil. By changing the date of your holiday, the map will show you the current prices.
Praia da Carriagem is remote and there are no facilities nearby. For example, there is no lifeguard, no toilet and no restaurant. If you want to eat or drink, the nearest restaurant or bar is in Rogil, more than 4 kilometres away. So make sure to bring your own food and drinks.
Facilities in Praia da Carriagem:
- Restaurant: no
- Bar/club: no
- Toilet: no
- Shower: no
- Water sports: no
- Sunbeds: no
- Parking: no
- Lifeguards: no
- Blue Flag beach: no