Praia da Marinha


One of a few nearby beaches with karst rock stacks, Praia da Marinha is among the most beautiful. It's 7.5km east of Carvoeiro; the nicest way to reach it is via the Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos path.

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Nearby Carvoeiro attractions

1. Benagil Caves

0.63 MILES

One of the Algarve's – and Portugal's – most emblematic sights, this huge natural seaside cave has a hole in its ceiling through which streaming sunlit…

2. Praia do Carvoeiro

3.28 MILES

Right in the town, this diminutive arc of sandy beach gets very busy in summer.

3. Praia da Galé

5.21 MILES

Beginning 9km west of Albufeira, Praia da Galé is long (5km), sandy and less crowded than many other beaches in the area.

4. Fiesa

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Fiesa is the world's biggest sand-sculpture contest. Artists are given 45,000 tonnes of sand to sculpt, and their truly amazing creations (up to 12m high…

5. Fortaleza da Santa Catarina

6.72 MILES

Praia da Rocha's petite fortress was built in 1621 to stop pirates and invaders from sailing up the Rio Arade to Portimão. Panoramic views extend along…

7. Museu Municipal de Arqueologia

6.99 MILES

Built tight against the defensive walls, this archaeological museum has a mix of interesting finds from the town and around. The modern building was…


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Just below the castle is the sé, built in 1189 on the site of an earlier mosque, then rebuilt after the 1249 Reconquista and subsequently restored several…