Praia do Trafal - A wide, secluded dune beach with history
Praia do Trafal is a wide sandy beach at least 700 metres long, stretching along the southern Algarve coast between Faro and Quarteira. The drive here takes you through a fruitful cultivated landscape with old waterwheels, aqueducts, and lots of olive trees and cork oaks.
A number of archaeological surveys have shown that the area was originally settled by the Romans and Carthaginians, who lived off fishing. Back then sea level was much lower, which means that today you can marvel at the ruins of their settlements under the water.
Praia do Trafal is a warm sandy beach that sees only a moderate number of visitors. Even in peak season very few people come here - predominantly young couples. So you will always find enough room to park. The swampy dune landscape behind the beach is relatively undeveloped, apart from a golf resort. The beach is very natural and unspoiled, and free from tourist infrastructure, although now and then a beach vendor strays here. This makes the quiet, deserted spot ideal for rest and recuperation.
In the seclusion of Praia do Trafal there's nothing to stop you bathing naked or going for a long walk with your dog. You can get to further bathing beaches in either direction. To the north-west is the quiet, pine-clad lagoon landscape of Praia do Almargem, and to the south-east lies Praia de Vale do Lobo, which is surrounded by holiday resorts and other tourist facilities.