Praia Dona Ana - A large, high-profile sandy beach
South of the Portuguese town of Lagos, just below numerous hotel and apartment complexes, is the well-known and popular sandy beach, Praia Dona Ana. The large number of visitors to the beach can make it difficult to find a parking place, even at clifftop level. But once you have cleared this hurdle, you will find there are two access routes to the beach. Steps lead down to the bay, where the surface of the beach was doubled in area during 2015. But first you should savour the fantastic view from the top platform. Up here, incidentally, you can set yourself up with beach clothing and towels.
The popularity of the 160 metre long Praia Dona Ana is chiefly due to the spectacular cliffs and rock formations that surround the beach, extending a long way out into the water. The caves and grottos, some of which can be reached by heading westwards on foot, give one an extraordinary appreciation of the power of the tides. Here you will find a generously proportioned sandy beach and calm, crystal clear water – an invitation to a cool and refreshing dip.
The special feature of Praia Dona Ana is the fascinating underwater world in which you can immerse yourself. The many caves and boulders below sea-level are home to a large diversity of flora and fauna. Take your snorkel and explore the habitats of starfish, anemones, crabs and colourful swarms of small fish.
Afterwards you can head for Restaurant Marisol, with its fantastic view, and indulge in delicious, reasonably priced fish dishes and other Portuguese culinary specialities.