Praia Nova

This beach lies to the west of the Nossa Senhora da Rocha Chapel, built on a narrow promontory that stands out from the coast and from which you can admire a breathtaking panoramic view over the coast. This is a large beach, about 300 metres long, backed by a continuous line of cliffs in tones of ochre and red. You can see where landslides have occurred, forming tiers in the cliff face over time. These platforms are covered in abundant vegetation comprising plants such as saltwort, Mediterranean saltbush and shrubby sea-blite, species adapted to the sea spray and which also thrive in the saline soils of the marshes. To get to the beach, you go down a steep staircase in the cliff face, roughly in the middle of the beach, or through a tunnel that was patiently dug out by hand and which goes all the way through the rocky pontoon of Nossa Senhora da Rocha, a length of some 60 metres. You can see numerous marine fossils embedded in the rocky walls of the tunnel, for as far in as the sunlight reaches.

Additional Information

Postal Code: 8400

County: Lagoa

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Coordinates: 37.0962667,-8.388605555555555