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Praia do Carvalho, Carvoeiro

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Sandstone cliffs surround the isolated beach of Praia do Carvalho 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. Plan your Praia do Carvalho visit and explore what else you can see and do in Carvoeiro using our Carvoeiro trip builder.
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  • With the "short tunnel" entrance and the special path carved in the cliff sidewall - above the sea level. 
  • I advise you to visit this beach at dawn, it is a unique spectacle. At the end of it there is a small cave which can be accessed if the tide allows it.
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  • beautiful beach, a setting in the middle of the cliff, the path has him alone gives one side indiana jones (not the stairs, either dug into the rock) we there were in December, but in the morning the Sun gives pil, naked on the beach and we could bathe us in peace. However no idea if she keeps her wild side in high season.
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  • Secluded small beach with an interesting entrance via a carved cave though the rock. There's also a small sinkhole entrance down from the cliff path too if you look hard. Not a busy beach but it's secluded.
  • Beautiful tiny beach. Stairs cut into the stone and a swimmable cave (it was too cold when I went in early June though). Nice and hidden, not crowded. Also the option for a topless sunbathe ;)
  • Lovely beach, not too crowded - great waters!
  • A really special secluded space, but with special locations comes a large amount of tourists/people
  • Fantastic beach, golden sands, clear water, and not too many tourists.