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10 beaches of fresh water in Portugal

Despite the general idea, finding a beach with hot water is not a very difficult task in Portugal, because our country is in an unprecedented position, with sun, ocean, sea, beautiful beaches and a climate that invites bathing. On this list, you will find beaches with water that you will not regret when you enter.

A large majority of these beaches are located in the southern zone, especially not in the Algarve. And it couldn’t be any other way: it’s here that the waters are calmer and cooler. But for these waters to become morbid or tepid, it is also necessary for small lakes to form on the beach, a little deep, where the water is naturally heated by the sun.

The praias de água quente are especially sought after by families with small children. At the end of the day… it can be a little traumatic to start the experience of going to bathrooms in the coldest waters. 🙂 By the same token, if you have children and look for the ideal beach for them, this is the list that you must follow!

1. Praia da Manta Rota, Vila Real de Santo Antonio

Manta Rota Beach

In the small town of Manta Rota, in Vila Real de Santo António, you will find this beach, known for its extensive area and its fresh waters. Once the temperature of its water is higher than that of other Algarve beaches and as it has a large area with little depth, it becomes the perfect place for a family with children.

  • Guarded: Yes.
  • Accessible beach: Yes.
  • Showers: Yes.
  • toilet: Yes.
  • Parking: Yes, right next to the beach.
  • Access: Peel EM509.
  • You say: Praia da Manta Rota is excellent for practicing soccer and beach volleyball.
  • No area: There are several supporting bars and restaurants that serve fresh and quality food.
  • boa for: Families with children and groups of young people.

2. Praia do Ancao, Loule

Praia do Ancao
Praia do Ancao

In Loulé, there is no lack of ingredients for a boas férias: or twelve mel, a delicious melon liquor, the bowls of amêndoa and figo, or fresh fish, all crowned by a walk through the Moorish streets. Praia do Ancão, in the heart of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, is characterized by extensive areal hair and broad dunes, full of aromatic plants. To its hot water it invites to baths, or that becomes very frequented.

Also, it is not surprising that there is a wide space for parking, and a support and surveillance service during the seaside season. To get here, there is a rocky access from Almancil, direction Garrão/Ancão, total number of 7 kilometers. Starting from the tourist enterprise, you will have to follow a 1.5-kilometre route on beaten earth.

  • Guarded: Yes.
  • Accessible beach: Yes.
  • Showers: Yes.
  • toilet: Yes.
  • Parking: Same at the beach entrance, with places for people with reduced mobility.
  • Access: Peel EM527.
  • You say: You must always walk along the paths to access the beach in order to preserve the dune system.
  • No area: There are supporting bars and restaurants. Same year, I can play golf at Quinta do Lago.
  • boa for: Families with children.

3. Praia da Rocha, Portimao

Praia da Rocha
Praia da Rocha

For well known and frequented by both Portuguese and tourists, this is one of the beaches with the longest water in our country. Its location allows visitors to enjoy a warm and sunny climate, over 1 km long, covered by a clear and transparent ocean.

  • Guarded: Yes.
  • Accessible beach: Yes.
  • Showers: Yes.
  • toilet: Yes.
  • Parking: Sim, near the Marina of Portimão.
  • Access: Drive in the direction of Marina de Portimão and leave your car there. From this point, continue to pé até à praia.
  • You say: The rocky formations that exist on the beach deserve to be appreciated.
  • No area: There are many restaurants, bars and gelatarias along the beach, all of high quality.
  • boa for: Families with children and groups of young people.

4. Praia da Barreta, Lighthouse

Barreta Beach
Barreta Beach

Not the municipality of Faro, including the Ancão peninsula and the Ilhas da Barreta (Deserta) and da Culatra. The Ria Formosa Natural Park is also present here, known for its ecological diversity. On Ilha Deserta, you can find beautiful beaches with water temperatures that invite you to swim. There is a support and surveillance service during the seaside season. To get here, follow the boat from Faro, not Cais da Porta Nova, which has a large parking lot nearby.

  • Guarded: Yes.
  • Accessible beach: No.
  • Showers: No.
  • toilet: No.
  • Parking: Deixe o seu carro na Marina de Faro.
  • Access: Apanhe or ferry in the Marina of Faro.
  • You say: There is no kind of support on the beach and therefore you must take food and drink with you.
  • No area: Take the opportunity to make a walk across the Ilha Deserta, always respecting the surrounding nature.
  • boa for: Families with children.

5. Praia da Ilha do Pessegueiro, Sines

Pessegueiro Island Beach
Pessegueiro Island Beach

Close to Porto Covo, this captivating beach captivates us with its natural beauty, with clear sand, clean and tepid waters, false and breathtaking heights, and with the fantastic climate of the Alentejo coast. The beach is part of the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina.

  • Guarded: Yes.
  • Accessible beach: No.
  • Showers: Yes.
  • toilet: Yes.
  • Parking: Yes, just before the beach.
  • Access: Pile CM1072, from Porto Covo.
  • You say: Take a jump to Porto Covo and appreciate one of the most beautiful villages of Alentejo.
  • No area: Ilha do Pessegueiro has a fort and Roman remains. If you can visit it, take the opportunity to contemplate it carefully.
  • boa for: Families with children and fans of windsurfing and mergulho.

6. Praia da Fuseta, Olhao

beaches of hot water in the Algarve
Praia da Fuseta

In the municipality of Olhão, you can find 5 beaches, located in the Ria Formosa Natural Park. In front of the village of Fuseta, in the western area of ​​Ilha de Armona, you can find Praia da Fuseta, as its extensive desert area, conducive to the formation of natural pools in the low sea. During the seaside season, it has a support service for the beach and surveillance. Or access to praia é feito by boat, from Cais da Fuseta, with ample parking next to the cais.

  • Guarded: Yes.
  • Accessible beach: Yes.
  • Showers: No.
  • toilet: No.
  • Parking: Deixe o seu carro no Cais da Fuseta.
  • Access: By foot, when the sea is low, or by boat, from Cais da Fuseta.
  • You say: There is no kind of support on the beach and therefore you must take food and drink with you.
  • No area: It is a local quase desert, ideal to relax longe das multidões. If you like it, you can do a walk on the beach and appreciate the landscape.
  • boa for: Families with children.

7. Praia da Marinha, Lagoa

Praia da Marinha
Praia da Marinha

In Lagoa, in the Algarve, is the last beach on our list, a wonderful place that captivates its beaches and natural caves, which you can explore. Once here, and after a mergulho in these dark waters, take the opportunity to walk or Route two 7 Vouchers Suspensenum path to throw or folego and that will leave you fascinated with so much natural wealth.

  • Guarded: Yes.
  • Accessible beach: No.
  • Showers: No.
  • toilet: No.
  • Parking: Yes, just before the beach.
  • Access: Pela EM1154, from Porches.
  • You say: Being a relatively small beach, it can become very crowded during the summer. If you want to find a good place, it’s going quite well.
  • No area: If you enjoy hiking, you can’t miss the 7 Vales Suspensos Trail, which passes through Praia da Marinha.
  • boa for: Followers of walks and snorkeling.

8. Cabanas Beach, Tavira

Cabanas Beach
Cabanas Beach

In the east area of ​​the council of Tavira, you will find Ilha de Cabanas, located in a narrow strip of sand that extends from Cacela bar. The beach is located in front of Cabanas, with surveillance and support during the seaside season. You can access the beach from the cabanas on the edge of Cabanas, with parking around the premises.

  • Guarded: Yes.
  • Accessible beach: No.
  • Showers: Yes.
  • toilet: Yes.
  • Parking: Deixe o seu carro na docas de Tavira, more properly not Largo da Armação da Abóbora.
  • Access: By boat, from Marginal de Cabanas.
  • You say: The place is appreciated for windsurfing and sailing.
  • No area: There are some bars and restaurants where you can eat and drink.
  • boa for: Families with children.

9. Praia de Cacela Velha, Vila Real de Santo Antonio

Praia da Cacela Velha
Praia da Cacela Velha

At the nascent end of Ilha de Cabanas, already belonging to the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António, is the one that, in 2015, was considered one of the 15 best beaches in the world by the Spanish version of Traveler magazine. Famos da praia da Cacela Velha, a place of unique beauty, and whose only negative point is the fact that there are no support and surveillance services during the seaside season. To get here, follow the boat from the cais do Sítio da Fábrica, which is 1.5 kilometers from the beach. There is ample parking next to the boarding area.

  • Guarded: No.
  • Accessible beach: No.
  • Showers: No.
  • toilet: No.
  • Parking: Leave your car next to the cais do Sítio da Fábrica or in the parking lot of Praia de Manta Rota..
  • Access: By foot, from Vizinha da Manta Rota Beach, or in fishermen’s boats.
  • You say: There is no kind of support on the beach and therefore you must take food and drink with you.
  • No area: Take the opportunity to visit the small and picturesque fishing village of Cacela Velha.
  • boa for: Families with children.

10. São Torpes Beach, in Sines

beaches of hot water in portugal
Sao Torpes Beach

Update: Praia de São Torpes deixou de ter água quente because the thermoelectric plant was deactivated. As waters will return to being mornas as of 2023, thanks to the data center that will be built there.

It is the only beach on this list in which the water is not natural, since there are also two beaches with a higher water temperature, which can reach 30ºC. On the Alentejo coast, in Sines, about 160km from Lisbon. Of limpid and transparent waters, some people can be frightened by the origin of the hot waters, but it is proven that these are not prejudiciais to public health.

But what did we fail in the end? The water from the São Torpes beach is flooded thanks to the proximity of the Sines thermoelectric power plant, which is installed at the bottom of the beach and uses water from the sea to reef the factory, returning it afterward.

  • Guarded: Yes.
  • Accessible beach: Yes.
  • Showers: Yes.
  • toilet: Yes.
  • Parking: Yes, right next to the beach.
  • Access: Peel N120-1 and then peel M1109.
  • You say: Praia de São Torpes will return to ter água quente as of 2023, thanks to the data center that will be built there.
  • No area: It is a boa beach for surfing and there are several non-local schools where you can learn this nautical sport.
  • boa for: Families with children and groups of young people.

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