Praia do Trafal
The remote sandy beach, Praia do Trafal, is in the south of the Algarve between the coastal towns of Faro and Quarteira. In the seclusion of the low-lying dune landscape you can relax and recuperate completely. Very few people come here to sunbathe in this fairly remote spot, which was originally settled in ancient times. Here in the airy breezes of Praia do Trafal you can bathe naked or enjoy a long walk with your dog along the varied adjacent stretches of beach.

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.

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Our rating
  • Relaxation
    6/10
  • Family
    4/10
  • Water sport
    1/10
  • Party
    1/10
How did you like the beach?
Praia do Trafal 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: 6/10 points
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At this well-equipped beach you can switch off and forget your day-to-day stress.
Family: 4/10 points
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Although this beach is not unsuitable for families, we can't recommend it for you and your loved ones.
Water sports: 1/10 points
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No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
Party: 1/10 points
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There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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6/10
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5/10
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8/10
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4/10
Exclusivity
2/10
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