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. Below is my guide, with plenty of pictures, to help you plan a memorable visit!
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Why visit Marinha Beach in Portugal? - Panoramas and video
Praia da Marinha is one of my favorite beaches in Portugal. And it has been included in several lists of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Let's start with a few panorama photos, they will show you how special it is: the quantity of sea stacks, arches and other rock formations is impressive!
Do you really need more convincing??? Well, below is a video to give you an idea of what our visit could look like:
Exploring it is absolutely one of the best things to do in Portugal.
More photos and details after the planning tips.
PLANNING TIPS - Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal
How to get to Marinha beach - Map
This location with its GPS coordinates and planning info is included in my eBooks to help you easily plan your Portugal itinerary:
Visiting Praia da Marinha Beach
- Easy access to the top of the cliffs
- Picnic tables on the cliffs
- Snack-bar, Facilities
- Getting down to the beach is on a well-maintained paved path with small steps
- Make sure to plan plenty of time around low tide, do not visit at high tide
- thanks to the high quality of the water and the many rocks, there is abundant marine life. It is a great spot for snorkeling.
Marinha beach by boat or Kayak
To get other perspective on the cliffs and rock formations at Marinha you can also consider a boat tour. Photos further in the article.
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Hotels near Praia da Marinha Beach
This area is centrally located to many of the most beautiful beaches in Algarve, so it is a great place to stay.
- There is no hotels right at the beach - one of the closest is Suites Alba Resort (10min away) - Check out availability and photos
- The accommodations not far from Marinha are part of Carvoeiro - See the best rated accommodations in Carvoeiro
- If you want to stay in a city, Portimao is not far - Here is a link to the best rated accommodations in Portimao
Marinha Cliff Walk
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:
A marvel of erosion
On the cliff walk, there are some displays explaining the spectacular work of erosion in the region.
The cliffs recedes between 2mm to 2m per year. The evolution of the cliffs occurs via landslides mainly in Winter. Nothing is done to prevent it, as it is important to safeguard the natural heritage.
The limestone of the cliffs is estimated to be between 24 and 16 million years old.
And if you love the views so much, you can keep hiking in both direction:
- East towards Senhora da Rocha,
- and West towards Benagil.
Do not go down at High Tide
Before I show you the access to the beach and the things to do at Marinha Beach, you should know that at high tide, the beach almost disappear. Some waves can go all the way to the foot of the cliff!
Make sure to plan plenty of time to explore before the low tide point. And don't stay too late on the beach. I have seen people getting their belongings soaked and getting stuck in one of the coves.
Here are some pictures take as the tide gets high:
Access to Marinha Beach and its rocks formations
The access to the beach is on the East side where the restaurant is.
The path down to the beach is well-maintained and easy with mostly spaced out stairs.
East side of the beach
This side does not have many rock formations. Mostly golden sand and high cliffs but gives you a perspective on what there is to come:
The best rock formations
The best part of Praia da Marinha Beach is to explore the west half. It has many rock pillars, sea stacks, arches.
Just walk on the sand sometimes on the rocks to discover the coves.
Praia da Mesquita
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.
Marinha Beach by boat
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 of the sea stacks. Here are a few shots taken from the boat:
Praia do Buraco Algarve
And if you have time, you can explore one more beach.
At the East end of Marinha Beach is Buraco Beach, a small cove nicely protected from the wind.You can access it y a tunnel at low tide.
I think, access is via a hole inside this, but I did not explore.
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