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Meia Praia

Lagos, Algarve

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The expansive and breezy sandy beach of Meia Praia is a popular seaside destination in the south of Portugal. It is situated in the east of the coastal town of Lagos. There's something for every beach holidaymaker on the five kilometres of fine, exceptionally gently sloping sand. The western section of the beach can be reached on foot or by water taxi from Lagos and has a well-developed tourist infrastructure with an unusually wide range of water sports. In the more natural eastern part of the beach you will find peace and seclusion. Dog owners and naturists are equally welcome in this peaceful spot.

Meia Praia - Lagos' best-known and biggest beach, for anyone who likes things central and big

The large sandy beach of Meia Praia in southern Portugal is bordered by two estuaries. It extends over a length of five kilometres along the flat dune landscape between the breakwater of Ribeira de Bensafrim to the north and the river delta of Odiáxere and Arão. Several car parks provide access to the best-known and biggest sandy beach in the coastal town of Lagos. In the summer months a water taxi will take you from Avenida dos Descobrimentos right to the beach. From the marina, it's just five minutes on foot.

To protect the sensitive dune vegetation, which is home to diverse flora and fauna, a network of boardwalks has been constructed, giving access to the beach. The soft white sand on Meia Praia slopes very gently into the cool Atlantic waters. The extremely shallow shoreline is ideal for families with small children, many of whom come from Portugal itself or from more distant countries such as Spain, Germany, the Netherlands or Italy.

As a result it can be very busy at the western end of Meia Praia in August and September. This area of the beach, which is very much geared towards tourism, is home to three beach bars and restaurants that take care of visitors' needs. The beach is dominated by loungers and beach umbrellas, water sports operators and beach vendors. The number of leisure activities on offer is overwhelming: diving, kayaking, jet skiing, Flyboarding, parasailing, water skiing, pedal boats, bodyboarding, stand-up paddle boarding or banana boat rides - you'll find everything you could possibly wish for here. From October, the very windy Meia Praia is also considered a top spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing and surfers will not be disappointed either.

The further east you go, the quieter and more natural the scenery is. This area is ideal for people who want to stay in a central location without sacrificing privacy. There is just as little natural shade here as at the western end but if you bring your own sunshade you'll be able to bathe nude here quite happily. Dogs are also allowed to run around and cool off here.

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Meia Praia 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 93 of 107
Only a few facilities and services and little atmosphere. This beach is not very good for relaxation.
Family: 9/10 points
Place 17 of 107
At this beach you will find everything you need to spend an enjoyable day with the family.
Water sports: 7/10 points
Place 9 of 107
Water-sports conditions are so good that it is worth coming to this beach just for the surfing.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 74 of 107
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

Atmosphere at the beach
5/10
Ease
4/10
Beauty
3/10
Romance
5/10
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3/10
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Also available:
Banana boat, Stand-up paddling, Jetski, Canoe, Paddleboat
Restaurants, Bars & Water sport providers
Restaurante e Bar Duna Beach Map icon
Restaurante e Bar Duna Beach

Offer: Food, Music, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Normal

Berlim Restaurante Bar Map icon
Berlim Restaurante Bar

Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Normal

Restaurante Pôr do Sol Map icon
Restaurante Pôr do Sol

Offer: Food, Sun-loungers, Massage, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Normal

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X-Watersports
Offer:
Banana boat, Jetski, Canoe, Stand-up paddling, Wind surfing

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Windsurf Point Watersports
Offer:
Banana boat, Jetski, Canoe, Sailing, Stand-up paddling, Wind surfing

www.windsurfpoint.com
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  • Restaurante e Bar Duna Beach
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    Offer: Food, Music, Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Normal

  • Berlim Restaurante Bar
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    Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Normal

  • Restaurante Pôr do Sol
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    Offer: Food, Sun-loungers, Massage, Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Normal

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  • X-Watersports
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    Offer:
    Banana boat, Jetski, Canoe, Stand-up paddling, Wind surfing

  • Windsurf Point Watersports
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    Offer:
    Banana boat, Jetski, Canoe, Sailing, Stand-up paddling, Wind surfing

    www.windsurfpoint.com
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geo coordinates: 37.116173, -8.650862
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