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Castelo Beach, Albufeira

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Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Praia do Castelo is a beach close to the village resort of Sesmarias which is within the Municipality of Albufeira, in the Algarve, Portugal. This beach is located 4.0mi by road to the west of Albufeira old town centre and is 31.9mi west of the regions capital of Faro.This beach is one of sixty nine blue flag beaches (2012) in the Algarve.DescriptionPraia do Castelo or Castle Beach is in fact made up of one main beach and several small satellite beaches and coves. The main beach is small and made up of gold sand and is 200.00m long and is sheltered by 30ft high jagged cliffs. Spreading in each direction from the main beach are several small coves, interspersed by rocky outcrops. The beach gets it name from the Watchtower which once stood here. The watchtower was built in the mid-16th century to monitor this stretch of the coast for attacks by Barbary pirates coming from North Africa. The remains of this watchtower can be found close to the access point to the beach.AccessOn the cliff top there is a small car park which is reached from the resort village of Sesmarias along a small lane which is signposted Praia do Castelo with a brown Tourist sign . From the car park the beach is reached by descending a set of wooden steps which also gives access to the beach bar and restaurant. The cliffs which back the beach are subject to erosion and it is recommended that great care be taken whilst below as there is a possibility of falling rocks and stones.FacilitiesThere are toilets and a shower. During the summer season the beach is patrolled by lifeguards who also man a medical post. Also in the summer season there are Loungers, and parasols which can be hired. There is also a public telephone.
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  • Beautiful beach and view from the top ! We came in October so the beds were not installed, however there were few people so it was really pleasant and quiet. You can freely go to the restroom closeby....  more »
  • Walked along the beach from Praia da Ponta pequenha to Praia Castello. The whole walk is well worth it, but it was great to find Castello at the end and the snack bar right on the beach. We just had.....  more »
  • Beautiful little beach. Pedestrians beware though as the road that leads to this beach does not have footpaths all the way. Restaurant right on the beach. Great for a quiet day.
  • Really nice beach, not overcrowded as some of the other ones in the area. We visited twice in July 2019. There is also a lovely and picturesque short walk to the next beach(Evaristo beach). We hired sun loungers and an umbrella, which cost the same as other beaches we went to.

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