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Praia do Vau

Portimão, Algarve

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The small beach, Praia do Vau, is not far from the large holiday resort of Portimão. It is set in an impressive rocky landscape, and visitors will find restaurants and sun loungers available. Praia do Vau is an ideal destination for anyone who is uncomfortable in a mass tourism environment, but would like some infrastructure, nonetheless. Lots of families come to this beach in summer, but you will always find a spot on its broad expanse of sand where you can soak up the sun. You can find privacy and peace in one of the neighbouring bays, which are within easy walking distance.

Praia do Vau - Well equipped beach with glowing red cliffs

When the sun is shining the crumbling rock face here radiates an intense red glow, capturing everyone's attention. In combination with the light-coloured sand and deep blue Atlantic water this creates a wonderful natural backdrop. The small cove of Praia do Vau is a popular beach in the south-west of the Algarve. It is in the middle of an area that is only loosely developed, three and a half kilometres from the town centre of Portimão, one of the major tourist centres in the south of Portugal.

Praia do Vau is easy to reach by car, as the route is signposted and there are free parking spaces on the access road. The middle of the beach is next to some fairly small apartment complexes. The broad expanse of sand provides plenty of room for children to let off steam, and there are some places where you can rent sun loungers and umbrellas. In summer it's really busy. Families come here to relax, as do couples of all ages. There are several restaurants serving mainly typical Portuguese dishes, and from the terraces of the bars there is a great view across the beach to the open sea.

On Praia do Vau beach there is also a pedal boat hire facility and you can rent equipment for stand up paddle boarding. From this beach two other bays are within easy walking distance, and there you will find some privacy and can relax in the peace and quiet.

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Praia do Vau 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: 3/10 points
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Only a few facilities and services and little atmosphere. This beach is not very good for relaxation.
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: 3/10 points
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Water-sports conditions at this beach are rather poor.
Party: 2/10 points
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Not much happening at this beach and you won't find any party locations here either.

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5/10
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5/10
Beauty
3/10
Romance
5/10
Exclusivity
4/10
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< 14 Years
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Restaurants, Bars & Water sport providers
Snack Bar Pai Tomás Map icon
Snack Bar Pai Tomás

Offer: Food, Drinks, Snacks

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Low

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Embarcaçoes de aluguer
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Canoe, Stand-up paddling, Paddleboat

Restaurants, Bars & Water sport providers
  • Snack Bar Pai Tomás
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    Offer: Food, Drinks, Snacks

    Price level: Local standard

    Exclusivity: Normal

    Clientel: Low

  • Embarcaçoes de aluguer
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    Offer:
    Canoe, Stand-up paddling, Paddleboat

Location of the beach
geo coordinates: 37.119134, -8.555687
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