Whether you're a sun worshipper or a water baby, Praia do Martinhal in the south-west of the Algarve coast has something for everyone on its 700 metre long sands. Here, surrounded by the low-lying dune landscape of south-east Portugal, you will find sun loungers, restaurants, massage, yoga and Pilates courses, plus a wide range of water sports, from pedal boating to windsurfing. The conditions for windsurfing, in particular, are ideal here. Diving tours are organised from Praia do Martinhal as well, and these provide spectacular insights into a fascinating underwater world.
Praia do Martinhal - An extensive dune beach with a wide range of amenities on land and water
On the beach at Martinhal in south-west Portugal the atmosphere is very relaxed and peaceful. This beach of light brown sand with extensive sand dunes is 700 metres long and because of its size, it gives the impression of being almost empty. There are a few restaurants, a hotel resort and a couple of dwellings, but these have only a minor impact on the low-lying landscape. The coastal town of Sagres is only 25 minutes' walk away.
The low-lying dune landscape surrounding Praia do Martinhal, has a completely natural look and appears to have all the space in the world. Nevertheless, you will find it has lots to offer for either an eventful or a relaxing day at the beach. Two restaurants right on the beach serve delicious fish dishes in a simple country-style ambience. You can enjoy your meal on a shady terrace. In the small cabin in front of the Restaurante Martinhal you can book yoga, Pilates and massage sessions.
In addition, the two water sports operators have a wide range of water activities to offer. Surfing, kayaking, kitesurfing and windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding and pedal boating – you can have every imaginable kind of fun in the shallow Atlantic water here. The good wind conditions mean that Praia do Martinhal is actually considered one of the best beaches for windsurfing in the whole of Portugal. Diving tours take you to the limestone islands just offshore, with an underwater world for which the beach is famous.
For the landlubbers among you we recommend a walk eastwards, which will bring you to the small deserted sandy bay, Praia dos Rebolinhos.