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Praia Dona Ana

Lagos, Algarve

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Well-known for its spectacular rock formations, caves and grottos, Praia Dona Ana, to the south of the Portuguese coastal town of Lagos, is a wonderful place to enjoy a relaxing day at the beach. The breathtaking scenery of bizarre boulders and rock formations continues underwater and is perfect for exploring a colourful and diverse underwater world. Snorkellers will find plenty to appreciate here. Even without all that, the generously proportioned area of sand is an invitation to relax and enjoy. The Restaurant Marisol will pamper you with Portuguese cuisine and a view of the sea.

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.

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Praia Dona Ana 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
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Only a few facilities and services and little atmosphere. This beach is not very good for relaxation.
Family: 8/10 points
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The beach is well-equipped, is easy to get to and is safe - an ideal beach for families.
Water sports: 1/10 points
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No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
Party: 2/10 points
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Not much happening at this beach and you won't find any party locations here either.

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Ease
7/10
Beauty
6/10
Romance
5/10
Exclusivity
3/10
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Restaurante Marisol

Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Cheap

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Normal

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    Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Cheap

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Normal

Location of the beach
geo coordinates: 37.091854, -8.669284
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  • Sea urchins
  • Jellyfish
  • Sharp stones
  • Sharp shells
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