Marinha Beach a.k.a Praia da Marinha Algarve is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the World. The erosion has indeed done a stunning job in this long cove on the South Coast off Portugal. Discover it in Photos and Video.
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Marinha Beach Panoramas
Let's start with a few panorama photos of Praia da Marinha Algarve just to get the ball rolling and help you understand why it has been included in several lists of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Praia da Marinha Algarve - Cliff views
One of the great things at Praia da Marinha is that before walking down to the beach (or after) you can enjoy incredible views from the cliffs. So you can see the amazing rock pillars, sea stacks and arches created by erosion from above.
The most interesting views of Marinha Beach are towards the West:
Toward the East, there is just a stretch of sand to be seen:
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Avoir High Tide at Marinha Beach
The first time I visited Praia da Marinha, I realized that I would not be able to enjoy it. As you can see in the photos below taken from the cliffs, the beach almost disappear at high tide. And some waves can go all the way to the foot of the cliff!
We have seen people getting their belongings soaked and getting stuck in on of the cove.
Praia Da Marinha Beach Video
Before we continue with many amazing photos of the Marinha beach from the sand and the rocks, here is a short video to discover it "alive":
East of Marinha Beach
The access to the beach is to the East side where the restaurant is.
This side does not have many rock formations but gives you a perspective on what there is to come:
The best of Praia da Marinha Algarve
The best part of Praia da Marinha Beach in Algarve is to explore the west half. It has many rock pillars, sea stacks, arches.
Praia da Mesquita Algarve
If you continue further West and climb over a few rocks you reach Praia da Mesquita. It is generally considered as part of Paria da Marinha Algarve.
Erosion at Marinha Beach
On the cliff walk at Praia Da Marinha in Algarge Portugal, there are some display explaining the spectacular work of erosion in the region.
The cliffs recede by 2mm to 2m per year. The evolution of the cliffs occurs via landslides mainly in Winter. Northing is done to prevent it, as it is important to safeguard de natural heritage.
The limestone of the of the cliffs is estimated to be between 24 and 16 million years old.
Marinha Beach from the sea
Another way to admire Marinha Beach is from the sea. On a Boat tour of the Algarve caves you can go all the way to Marinha and get around the giant arches and some fo the sea stacks. Here are a few shots from the boat:
Praia do Buraco Algarve
At the East end of Marinha Beach is Buraco Beach, a small cove nicely protected from the wind
I think, access is via a hole inside this, but I did not explore.
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