Praia de Santo António - Surrounded by dune woodland
On the Spanish border you will find the most south-easterly beach in the Algarve. The entrance to Praia de Santo António is at the mouth of the Rio Guadiana river. This beach is 3km long and very varied.
There are lots of different ways to get here. If you have plenty of time you can follow the Caminho dos Três Pauzinhos. This takes you, on foot or by bicycle, through a coniferous forest fragrant with pine, resin and other plants typical of such Mediterranean areas.
You can come by train if you want to save time. The sandy area is embraced by the landscape and the pines in the background are a lovely contrast to the white sand. You can go for walks to explore the picturesque environment thoroughly.
You will hear little else but Portuguese here, as the locals have made this place their own. Praia de Santo António is not very touristy. Nonetheless there is a good range of services available. There is a water sports operator from whom you can hire pedal boats, enabling you to see the beach from an entirely different perspective.
After a swim in the blue water or a long walk you're bound to feel hungry. On the beach you will find a bar to cater for your needs. Here you can buy small snacks such as ice cream or chips.