Praia de Monte Gordo - Lots of Portuguese and Spanish families spend their holidays here
In some places the sand is completely hidden under a sea of umbrellas. Whether they're covered with raffia or garishly coloured, placed in long rows or stuck randomly into the sand - as you look across the beach from the dunes you can see straight away that Praia de Monte Gordo is not the place for solitary souls. The vast sandy beach lies in front of the striking silhouette of the large holiday resort of Monte Gordo, which is characterised by large hotels from the 1960s and shows its age a little in places.
Monte Gordo is the easternmost holiday resort on the Atlantic in Portugal. It is situated just four kilometres from the Spanish border and its buildings, which reach almost to the beach, mark the end of the kilometres of dune landscape in the south-east part of the Algarve. The huge area of fine sand, the shallow slope into the sea and the water temperatures, which are relatively mild for the region, make Monte Gordo a popular holiday resort. Numerous families from Portugal and Spain spend their summer holiday here. The eastern side of Monte Gordo beach is entirely the territory of the local fishermen. Small boats lie in the middle of the sand, nets are spread out to dry in the sun and there is a little row of huts where they spend their evenings after work.
Praia de Monte Gordo is very well developed for tourists. Lifeguards ensure you can enjoy bathing in safety, and you will also find showers and toilets here. On top of this the beach has barrier-free access - boardwalks and the special design of the beach make the area of sand accessible to wheelchair users as well.
The water sports facilities on offer in Monte Gordo include pedal boat and canoe hire, plus equipment for stand-up paddle boarding, and the whole family can take a ride on the banana boat. Along the promenade there are a few stalls where you can buy clothes and beach equipment. There are also numerous kiosks and restaurants, although both the dishes and the surroundings are clearly geared towards serving large crowds of tourists quickly. That said, you will also find a few establishments run with a great deal of care and attention.