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Praia da Arrifana

Aljezur, Algarve

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Surrounded by spectacular rocky scenery and protected from the north wind, which is prevalent on the western Algarve, Praia da Arrifana offers the ideal conditions for a wonderful day's bathing and surfing. Fully ensconced in a rugged rocky landscape, the long sandy beach slopes into the cool and not quite so rough water of the Atlantic. Here tourists and locals, including lots of families, enjoy the sunny side of life. At Restaurante da Praia, situated slightly higher up, you can treat yourself to a suitably magnificent view and Portuguese cuisine.

Praia da Arrifana - A sheltered pearl on Portugal's west coast

Nestled in breathtaking rocky scenery, Praia da Arrifana lies in the north-west of the Algarve region. A narrow road leads past a few houses through verdant mountains down to the bay. Although the beach is no longer an insider's tip, it does mean that the route is extremely well signposted and difficult to miss.

Completely surrounded by high cliffs, the long dreamy bay's only opening is towards the sea. The beige-coloured sandy beach, edged with pieces of rock at the back, spreads out over a length of 630 metres. At the southern end of the rocky spur a spectacular rock formation rises out of the water in the distance. The thing that's really special about this bathing spot, which is popular with tourists and locals alike, is the shelter these huge rocks provide from the north wind, which is otherwise so prevalent on this stretch of coastline.

If you're lucky enough to spend a day at this wonderful place, you'll find that the beach doesn't simply slope gently into the water as it does in other places - it melts into it almost imperceptibly. The protective rocks also weaken the swell of the waves somewhat.

The hinterland of Praia da Arrifana is moderately built up with holiday homes and apartments. Accordingly, it's mainly tourists and families that make up the clientele on the beach, which incidentally also has an attractive panoramic restaurant where you can indulge in Portuguese specialities at typical regional prices. Once a week there is even live music here. On the northern side of the beach there is also a small harbour. Behind it you will find Surf Arrifana surf school, which offers equipment, courses and camps.

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Praia da Arrifana is suitable for
Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 3/10 points
Place 98 of 107
Only a few facilities and services and little atmosphere. This beach is not very good for relaxation.
Family: 4/10 points
Place 95 of 107
Although this beach is not unsuitable for families, we can't recommend it for you and your loved ones.
Water sports: 9/10 points
Place 2 of 107
This beach is a well-known hotspot for surfers from all over the world.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 92 of 107
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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7/10
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7/10
Beauty
8/10
Romance
6/10
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3/10
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Restaurante da Praia

Offer: Food, Drinks, Music

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: High

Clientel: Normal

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Surf Arrifana
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  • Restaurante da Praia
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    Offer: Food, Drinks, Music

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: High

    Clientel: Normal

  • Surf Arrifana
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Location of the beach
geo coordinates: 37.29493, -8.866543
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