Praia de Odeceixe
Situated within Costa Vicentina Natural Park, Praia de Odeceixe is a Blue Flag beach on the north-western edge of the Algarve. Formed from a promontory on the southern side of the estuary of the Ribeira de Seixe River, the beach consists of soft sand separating the river from the Atlantic Ocean and providing two options for swimming.
Praia de Odeceixe stretches out for around 330 metres from a small hillside town of whitewashed buildings with terracotta roofs. It also has a width of around 100 metres at its broadest extent, creating a flat area of sand reminiscent of a football pitch when viewed from above.
Its size means that Praia de Odeceixe is not generally overcrowded. Beachgoers tend to be a mix of families looking for a wide expanse of sand, and surfers seeking out oceanic waves. Two surf schools mean even total beginners can get in on the action. At the southernmost end of the beach, in the connected cove of Praia de Adegas, is a designated nudist beach.
Facing west, Praia de Odeceixe is a great place to watch the sunset, while low tide reveals a series of rock pools that will fascinate younger visitors. Vehicles can be parked in spots on the southern cliffs, or on the side of the approach road so long as they don’t block the flow of traffic.
Lifeguards are on duty during the summer. Facilities include toilets and showers. Sun loungers and umbrellas are available for rent. There are a handful of restaurants dishing up local cuisine nearby.
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