Carvalho Beach, Carvoeiro

4.5
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Sandstone cliffs surround the isolated beach of Carvalho Beach completely. To reach its golden sands and turquoise waters, you must descend a steep set of stairs cut from the cliff face on one side, or pass through a tunnel on the other. Small boats offer to take you on a tour of the sea caves and water-eroded recesses that riddle the rocky coastline. The cliffs shelter the beach from big waves, making it a great place for a swim or a paddle. Bring drinks and snacks, as the site lacks a permanent shop or kiosk. PutCarvalho Beach into our Carvoeiro trip itinerary planning website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Another amazing horsehoe-shaped beach in southern Portugal. Its golden sand looks at the Ocean on one side & is completely walled by the sandstone sea cliffs on the other side (actually 3 sides...  more »
  • It would be easy to miss the steps and tunnel down to this 'secret' beach as they are on the other side of the path and not obvious. Not sure there is much safe beach to put a towel on and relax as...  more »
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  • Favourite beach in the area. Fun entrance down a few steps through a tunnel carved out of the cliff. Other interesting carved walkways/rooms in rock, presumably by fisherman in the past. Sheltered by the cliffs, with good spots for cliff jumping at high tide. Soft sand with shallow, clear water for bathing. Small caves to explore. Very clean, trash cans provided. Chilled mix of people relaxing, few children. No commercial facilities, just nature, bliss!
  • This place is amazing the views before you descend to the beach are breathtaking. Walking down the man made tunnel to get to the beach really adds to the atmosphere of the place. The sea is violent but worth fighting with the waves so much fun. It is total uncovered from the sun so sunbathing is a must. At 3pm the sun dissappears over the cliff if your not a sun lover. Great experience worth the effort
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