Praia Nova - Broad expanse of sand in front of a magnificent rock face, slightly tucked away
On the south coast of the Algarve, to the west of the town of Armação de Pêra, lies the beach of Praia Nova. There are two ways of getting there: you can either reach it by crossing the holiday resort of Vila Senhora da Rocha and getting down on to the beach via a well-secured set of steps in the middle of the beach. Or you can go via the neighbouring beach Praia da Senhora da Rocha. From there a 60 metre long tunnel leads through the rocky promontory that separates the two beaches. This promontory gives its name to the neighbouring beach, the resort and the small chapel standing on it, which can be seen from the beaches, the Capela de Nossa Senhora da Rocha.
The 300 metre long natural beach is framed on all sides by a high rock face that drops vertically in most places. There's plenty of room on the generous, fine sandy surface of the beach, for although Praia Nova is truly beautiful, not many visitors come here. Most of them are from the adjacent hotel resort, together with a few locals, especially families, who know of this quiet idyllic spot and appreciate it. The smaller neighbouring beach is more highly frequented, presumably because of the easier access.
The rock face provides shade in some places and there are also loungers with umbrellas. These, however, are exclusively for the use of resort guests, so, given that the beach faces south, you should bring your own shade, especially for the noon hours, when the rock face gives hardly any protection from the sun. There are also a few caves and rock overhangs to provide shade and privacy. In the middle of the beach there is a further area of sand where there is lots of room - for children to play, for example. Families are especially fond of the quiet beach of Praia Nova.