Praia do Barranco das Canas - A full day's worth of bathing fun
The rock formations typical of the Portuguese coast are particularly beautiful and prominent at Praia do Barranco das Canas. The locals love this beach and you'll come across lots of them here. Light brown hunks of rock tower up out of the sand, lending the coastline a romantic look.
At this beach you can really let it all hang out. Storms are a rarity here because the bay is sheltered from the wind by a maze of stony reefs and a section of the rock mass. The lush vegetation along the cliffs provides the ideal habitat for many species of sea bird. Looking up to the sky every now and then, you'll see lots of birds flying around up there, and if you take a walk you can discover hidden corners of the encircled bay.
Step into the areas shaded by rock arches and explore grottoes that have been shaped by the whims of nature for thousands of years. Caution is advised because there can be rock falls, but as long as you keep far enough away from the cliffs you will be fine. Walks make you hungry and at the local bar you'll find large and small dishes to satisfy your appetite.
Relax on the sugar-like fine sand and enjoy a few peaceful hours simply listening to the murmur of the sea or swimming in the ice-clear, fresh Atlantic. Under water you can discover interesting caves so don't forget your equipment if you like snorkelling or diving. Lifeguards keep watch in the peak season from May to October and ensure your safety.