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Praia Nova

Porches, Algarve

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Praia Nova beach is a picture book beach among Algarve beaches: bordered by an imposing rock face, a completely natural idyllic area of fine, light sand awaits you here. The fact that both access options, while not hazardous, are a bit tucked away, means that not many holidaymakers come here. The guests at the adjacent exclusive hotel resort, a few locals - and, if you like, you too - are able to appreciate the pleasant tranquillity and ample space on this beautiful natural beach with its good bathing conditions.

Praia Nova - Broad expanse of sand in front of a magnificent rock face, slightly tucked away

On the south coast of the Algarve, to the west of the town of Armação de Pêra, lies the beach of Praia Nova. There are two ways of getting there: you can either reach it by crossing the holiday resort of Vila Senhora da Rocha and getting down on to the beach via a well-secured set of steps in the middle of the beach. Or you can go via the neighbouring beach Praia da Senhora da Rocha. From there a 60 metre long tunnel leads through the rocky promontory that separates the two beaches. This promontory gives its name to the neighbouring beach, the resort and the small chapel standing on it, which can be seen from the beaches, the Capela de Nossa Senhora da Rocha.

The 300 metre long natural beach is framed on all sides by a high rock face that drops vertically in most places. There's plenty of room on the generous, fine sandy surface of the beach, for although Praia Nova is truly beautiful, not many visitors come here. Most of them are from the adjacent hotel resort, together with a few locals, especially families, who know of this quiet idyllic spot and appreciate it. The smaller neighbouring beach is more highly frequented, presumably because of the easier access.

The rock face provides shade in some places and there are also loungers with umbrellas. These, however, are exclusively for the use of resort guests, so, given that the beach faces south, you should bring your own shade, especially for the noon hours, when the rock face gives hardly any protection from the sun. There are also a few caves and rock overhangs to provide shade and privacy. In the middle of the beach there is a further area of sand where there is lots of room - for children to play, for example. Families are especially fond of the quiet beach of Praia Nova.

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Praia Nova 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
Place 55 of 107
Although it can get a little busy, you will find a nice spot here where you can relax.
Family: 7/10 points
Place 55 of 107
The beach offers family-friendly facilites and is popular with young and old.
Water sports: 1/10 points
Place 75 of 107
No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 62 of 107
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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