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Portugal's Praia da Marinha, a magnificent Algarve beach

The sandstone cliffs wrapped around this cove of soft sand on Portugal's south coast have been nibbled away at by waves and wind for millennia. They've constructed a natural sculpture garden of arches, caves, and pillars, all of which are lapped by the soothing Atlantic waters.

Although it is not the largest beach in the Algarve, it is usually simple to obtain a space. Families and visitors from Portugal go to Praia da Marinha. The beach is ideal for families with children. Just keep in mind that little toddlers may find the steep stairs to the beach (particularly at the end) challenging.

The south-facing cliff is made up of layers of orange and yellow rock. They shift throughout the day as the sun casts a variety of hues, from delicate honey to burnished bronze. A contrasting palette of blue over gently sloping sand and a sprinkle of boulders attracts sea life and snorkelers in the shallow seas. The sea near Praia da Marina is calm and the water is really clear, almost transparent. This makes it a popular destination for snorkeling, as it is possible to see many different kinds of marine species and fish underwater. So make sure to bring your snorkeling gear to this beach! Unfortunately, there are no shops nearby where you can buy snorkeling gear

Despite its location in the heart of the Algarve vacation coast, Praia da Marinha has spared the overdevelopment that has plagued many of the region's beaches.

The cliffs are crowned with lush foliage that blooms in the spring. The beach, despite its relative inaccessibility (it's down a country drive, then down steps to the sand), may get popular during the summer. June or September are the best months to visit. Isn't all of this beauty enough? For a few euros, you may board one of the skiffs that offer journeys to adjacent sea caves: Benagil grotto's light-filled dome is spectacular.

Praia da Marinha is one of the Algarve's best-kept secrets, thanks to steep steps and a lack of facilities that keep the hordes at away.

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