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Algar Seco, Carvoeiro

Geologic Formation · Landmark
Explore a piece of geological history at Algar Seco, a sizeable rock formation with tunnels, arches, and rugged cliffs carved out by millennia of wind and waves. You'll find that the formation lies just a short jaunt from the main square in Carvoeiro. Wander among the winding paths and stairways cut directly into the rock, passing across rugged sections right along the water's edge. You'll be treated to views of the ocean from many areas of the formation, as well as the other parts of the cliffs curling out into the sea. Take a break if you want on one of the benches at viewing platforms along the way. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Carvoeiro holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Algar Seco and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Perfect place for photos and to sit and relax and watch the view. You can see cliffs from the two windows. Especially great to take a thermos or hot drink take away and just sit there.  more »
  • The coastline in the algarve is magnificent - exactly what geography teachers should use to show students about erosion and coasts.  more »
  • Amazing walk with secret access to certain beaches and caves, morning or evening you will love it with amazing views of sun sand and cliffs with caves.  more »
  • Beautiful coastline walk. Easy boardwalk from Algar Seco to Carvoeiro. It has options to descend steps down onto the cliffs, but you can stay on the boardwalk, which has excellent sea views, with seating options. Perfect for strollers and people who are less comfortable hiking or tackling steps.
  • Really nice place to watch the ocean.
  • considering this tourist attraction is absolutely free, definitely get in your car and get yourself over here. Take in the stunning cliff views. Stroll on the lovely boardwalk. This is classic Algarve. Love!!
  • Looks like a Great place. Hope it survives Covid and reopens again.
  • Very impressive rocks and beautiful hike. Try to be there early in the morning if you want to take pictures. We jumped from the rocks into the sea, but I strongly recommend to wear a) water shoes and b) watch out for boats. In addition it‘s time well spend to hop on a boat as well for a coast tour.

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