Discover Ponta da Piedade Portugal, the natural jewel of the Algarve region, a magnificent coastline with arches, grottos and caves to discover on foot, kayaking or via boat trips. And it is one of the best spots to watch sunset in the Algarve. LEt me show you in Photos and video.
Information to plan your visit at the end of the article
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Note: a lot of articles about Ponta da Piedade Portugal have photos which are not at all of this place. All the photos in this article were taken by myself at the location.
Ponta Da Piedade coastline
As you walk outside the car you can first only see the parking and the lighthouse, but walk to its left and behind it and you will discover one of the most stunning section of the Algarve coastline with arches, caves, pinnacles, rock pillars... which have been sculpted by erosion over the years.
The cliffs are 20 m high and mostly of Golden color.
Below is the view towards Praia da Balança, a small sandy beach just East of the Ponta da Piedade promontory. It is very difficult to access it.
Below is the view down towards the 'beach' of Ponta da Piedade:
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Down to the beach
It is possible to get down to sea level, to the 'beach'. There is no sand beach to lay down, there is only the possibility to go exploring the rock formations at low or mid-tide.
You have first to get down the staircase. Most website say 182 steps but I counted 190 steps... (Not that it matters at this point). Just remember that you will have to climb them to leave!
2/3 down you see better one of the beautiful arches:
And once down, you discover the stunning and intricate panorama with pillars, arches, holes...
It is possible to go exploring (as you can see with the many people on my photo) but know that the last 2 meter have no steps just a rope (as it is more of a small pier for high tide).
Video Ponta da Piedade Portugal
Now let me show you my walk at Ponta Da Piedade in video:
Exploring Ponta de Piedade on foot
The first option to explore Ponta da Piedade in to drive from Lagos, park near the lighthouse and explore on foot. There is no definitive paths. The cliffs are eroded in so many places that there are many views to discover.
As you can see below, you can walk all the way above the arches. However, please be careful, these are not the most stable cliffs of all time. Erosion is powerful and rocks can easily fall.
Ponta da Piedade Boat Trips
But Ponta da Piedade is said to be better explored by water. This way you can get under the arches, and explore the caves.
On the picture below, you can see 3 options: by boat, by SUP or by kayak.
Personally I did not do a boat trip here so I can't show you pictures. That's because I opted for the Algarve cave boat tours from Benagil Beach to see the Benagil Sea Cave (East between Portimao and Albufeira). And it was amazing!
And I did not find bloggers who have wrote about it, but you can have a look at this video to see what a Ponta da Piedade Boat Trip looks like.
More info about your options at the end of the article.
Ponta Da Piedade Lighthouse and other views
Farol da Ponta Da Piedade
Right in the middle of the promontory, at the end of a parking is the lighthouse. It is not open to the public.
Its yellow quadrangular tower was built between 1912 and 1913, electrified in 1952 and automated in 1983.
View towards Praia do Canavial
The views East and South of the lighthouse are the most interesting with all the work of erosion.
But I you look towards the West, you can see the impressive cliff of Praia do Canavial:
Algarve Sunset at Ponta da Piedade
With a South orientation, the Algarve region is not the best to watch sunrise and sunsets. Ponta da Piedade is the exception. As it is a promontory extending South of the surrounding coastline it offers a great view for sunrise and sunset.
You won't be alone but there is so much space that it does not matter. Below are a few shots:
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