Albufeira - Açoteias
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This beach is extremely vast and stretches eastwards over more than three kilometres, backed by a continuous line of high cliffs with the typical colours of this region, either deep ochre or brilliant white, which create interesting contrasts of colour with the green patches of stone pines overlooking the beach. At the western end, the cliff is high but very soft, being carved out of sand and clay, so that the rain has no difficulty in creating deeply grooved sinuous patterns and furrows down its face. To the east, the cliff becomes gradually lower, but remains highly sculpted by the elements. It is the wearing away of this rock that produces the sand that forms the beach. It is therefore possible to see small cones of sand at the foot of these cliffs, on which the typical plants of dune areas can be found growing: sea daffodils, sea bindweed, prickly thrift, Cretan trefoil and sea holly. These eye-catching and brightly-coloured species mix together with the typical vegetation of the cliffs, which are more monotonous in colour, consisting here mainly of sea orachs. The beach is a spacious one and has some very peaceful spots. All you have to do is walk a short distance.