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Praia de Monte Gordo

Monte Gordo, Algarve

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Amidst the coastal dune landscape in the south-eastern part of the Algarve, numerous hotels tower into the air in the holiday resort of Monte Gordo. In the summer months there's lots going on at this spacious beach, and numerous families from Portugal and Spain flock here to spend their summer holiday by the mild Atlantic waters. Monte Gordo is fully geared towards the needs of large crowds of tourists and guarantees plenty of fun at the beach. You'll find lots of restaurants and kiosks and a few water sports options. With loungers, showers, toilets, lifeguards and special walkways and chairs for wheelchair users, the facilities leave little to be desired.

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.

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Praia de Monte Gordo 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: 5/10 points
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Although it can get a little busy, you will find a nice spot here where you can relax.
Family: 9/10 points
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At this beach you will find everything you need to spend an enjoyable day with the family.
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.

Atmosphere at the beach
6/10
Ease
5/10
Beauty
2/10
Romance
4/10
Exclusivity
4/10
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Age and nations
We from Beach-Inspector were actually at the beach for you and have spoken personally with the locals to get the complete picture.
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< 14 Years
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14-21 Years
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Nationalities
Portugese
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Spanish
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Also available:
Banana boat, Stand-up paddling, Paddleboat, Canoe, Jetski
Restaurants, Bars & Water sport providers
Restaurante Vasco da Gama Map icon
Restaurante Vasco da Gama

Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Normal

Associação de Pescadores de Monte Gordo Map icon
Associação de Pescadores de Monte Gordo

Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Low

Clientel: Low

Gastronomy at the beach
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Watersports Praia de Monte Gordo
Offer:
Banana boat, Stand-up paddling, Jetski, Canoe, Paddleboat

Restaurants, Bars & Water sport providers
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  • Restaurante Vasco da Gama
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    Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Normal

  • Associação de Pescadores de Monte Gordo
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    Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Low

    Clientel: Low

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  • Watersports Praia de Monte Gordo
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    Offer:
    Banana boat, Stand-up paddling, Jetski, Canoe, Paddleboat

Location of the beach
geo coordinates: 37.177863, -7.451248
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