Considered one of the best viewpoints in Portugal and the landmark of Carvoeiro, the Algar Seco Algarve offers amazing formations, a blow hole, caves and a great boardwalk along the cliffs... An walk of nature art created by erosion. Discover it in photos and video.
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Algar Seco Algarve - The Pinnacle
Let's start with the most obvious geological feature of the Algar Seco cliffs : the pinnacle. To the left of the boardwalk, just under the Algar Seco Parque are stairs leading to the first level: the restaurant, the pinnacle and the small tunnel / cave.
You first walk down 43 steps. Then if you go right, you reach the restaurant avec 35 more steps.
From the staircase you can get really nice views of the pinnacle.
Sadly there was no explanation about the place, no signs at the time I visited. And I can't seem to find more info like its height... (maybe it is available in Portuguese pages but I don't speak the language...)
The pinnacle is said to ressemble a Doll head from some orientations: a Boneca.
Algar Seco tunnel & viewpoint
But don't turn left yet.
Walk past the restaurant and down the 10 extra steps to the entrance of the tunnel under the pinnacle.
Go inside! the view is really amazing!
You can see the straight cliffs through 2 openings:
What a great surprise, isn't it?
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Algar Seco Cave and Blow Hole
Algar seco is a network of caves, holes and rock formation. The biggest one is accessible from the same stair case. After the first 43 common steps, turn left and walk down the 50 more steps.
It is fun to explore but quite difficult to photograph...
At the time I visited, the tide was quite low, so there was not much activity in the hole
The legends says that Princess Alfanzina fell in love with a poor coaler and they were meeting at Algar Seco, hiding from her father. When the King discovered it, he killed the commoner. The Princess mourned the loss of her sweetheart at the same spot, where her tears fell on the ground and formed the holes in the rocks.
Algar Seco Walk
But the staircase is not the only point of Interest at Algar Seco Algarve. Towards the west of the pinnacle is a long boardwalk that takes you along the cliffs to admire all the geological features and other holes.
Thanks to the human construction, the walk is easy and offers great views in all directions.
This is the pinnacle viewed from the Algar Seco Walk :
And you can see in the cliffs all the holes created by the water and the wind.
Sometimes you can get off the boardwalk to explore further some of the cliffs. make sure you wear good shoes!
View towards the East
At the top of the staircase, you can also go the the left towards a bench with a nice view of the coast looking East.
Algar Seco Algarve Video
Below is a short video showing you my visit to the Algar Seco Algarve.
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