Carvalho Beach, Carvoeiro

Beach · Nature / Park
Sandstone cliffs surround the isolated beach of Carvalho Beach completely. To reach its golden sands and turquoise waters, you must descend a steep set of stairs cut from the cliff face on one side, or pass through a tunnel on the other. Small boats offer to take you on a tour of the sea caves and water-eroded recesses that riddle the rocky coastline. The cliffs shelter the beach from big waves, making it a great place for a swim or a paddle. Bring drinks and snacks, as the site lacks a permanent shop or kiosk. PutCarvalho Beach into our Carvoeiro trip itinerary planning website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Stunning beach and views albeit it is small and can get busy. There is another much larger beach a good walk or short taxi ride away.  more »
  • Sand was nice, sea was close, cave tours available. Some of our party swam in the sea and found it a great temperature and quality  more »
  • The cove and beach is picturesque and clean. Although it's a small beach, social distancing was being observed when we visited in late August. There are several bars, cafes and restaurants nearby...  more »
  • Favourite beach in the area. Fun entrance down a few steps through a tunnel carved out of the cliff. Other interesting carved walkways/rooms in rock, presumably by fisherman in the past. Sheltered by the cliffs, with good spots for cliff jumping at high tide. Soft sand with shallow, clear water for bathing. Small caves to explore. Very clean, trash cans provided. Chilled mix of people relaxing, few children. No commercial facilities, just nature, bliss!
  • This place is amazing the views before you descend to the beach are breathtaking. Walking down the man made tunnel to get to the beach really adds to the atmosphere of the place. The sea is violent but worth fighting with the waves so much fun. It is total uncovered from the sun so sunbathing is a must. At 3pm the sun dissappears over the cliff if your not a sun lover. Great experience worth the effort
  • Great beach with good caves used this beach when we couldn't get into benagil next door as it was too busy. There is Free Parking available along a dirt track. Short walk to beach through a cave, beautiful.
  • This place is sick! Great place for cliff jumping if you're into that. There's a 15m jump to the right at the end of the path carved into the wall. On the right side there's a 20m jump off the top of the fin like rock and some more farther down the cliffs. If you plan on cliff jumping try to do it at high tide, at low tide the water is only about 2-3m deep in these areas (still doable but you will hit the bottom).
  • This beach is a very unique experience. The entrance to the beach through the digged cave adds up to the unique experience. The beach is relatively small but it is not over crowded. It's a must see if you are in the area.

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