Praia do Camilo

  • Praia do Camilo - Portugal
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  • Praia do Camilo - Portugal
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A pleasant 30 minute stroll from the historic heart of Lagos, Praia do Camilo is accessed via a wooden staircase of around 200 steps which wind among the ochre-coloured cliffs, enclosing its sands almost entirely. The result is one of the Algarve’s most iconic beaches.

Praia do Camilo is relatively small in size, with the high tide covering up to half its area. A popular escape from Lagos, it does get busy during the summer months, with late arrivals sometimes finding it difficult to locate a good spot.

Partly protected by rocks, including a small natural arch, the shallows directly off Praia do Camilo are usually calm. A central channel is clear of submerged obstacles and slip gently into deeper waters, ensuring the whole family can enjoy a swim. Snorkelling and kayaking are both alternative options for exploring this area of coastline, since the wonderfully clear waters act as a window to the underwater world.

Limited parking means it’s always advisable to head to Praia do Camilo earlier rather than later in the day. Other facilities are also limited to a restaurant beside the car park and public toilets.


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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Swimming/bathing

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