Famous for its 3 large rock formations, Praia Dos Arrifes Beach in Algarve Portugal is a stunning little cove to explore. Discover it in Photos and Video.
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Praia dos Arrifes Beach Algarve
The cliffs at Praia Dos Arrifes are quite low so access to the beach and its restaurant is easy. I visited late afternoon as the sun was lowering. There would not be enough interesting light at sunset, but at the hour, some of the rocks were turing golden.
Arrifes Beach is quite small (and really small at low tide). Parasols are available for hire.
It was actually one of the my favorites to photograph as there were smaller rocks everywhere making the water swirl in every directions:
Praia dos Arrifes beach is also called praia dos Tres Penecos (Beach of the triple rocks) because of those 3 isolated large rock formations you can clearly see in the panorama photo below:
According to Wikipedia, the plants at the top of the rock formations are salt resistant and grow there because the sea stacks are tall enough above water.
Praia Dos Arrifes Algarve from the cliffs
You can also admire Arrifes Beach from the surrounding cliffs. Just be careful with stability near the edge.
Arrifes beach has several cove better access accessed at low tide. From some angle the 3 rock formations almost look attached as one.
The Arrifes Sea Stacks
And just for the pleasure, here are a couple more shots of the sea stacks, one has a big hole at the top.
Praia Da Vigia
As you walk on the cliffs west from Arrifes Beach, you can see the smaller neighboring beach called Praia da Vigia. At high tide, it almost disappears.
From the cliffs in the distance (towards the East) you can also spot the colorful Praia da Falesia, my favorite beach in Portugal. As the sun set, the colors stand out even more!
Praia Dos Arrifes Beach Video
Below is a short video with the waves around Arrifes Beach.
Praia dos Arrifes at low tide
I only visited the beach at high tide, but as you can see below is it better to explore at low tide for access to the rocks and all the coves.
Photo embedded from Flickr - Photo by JJO_TEO
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