25 July, 2012

Algarve beach week: Cordoama

Following on from my first Algarve beach post, today's featured location is another one of my favourite beaches. Cordoama is dramatic, stunning, and unspoilt. It's reached by going through the village of Vila do Bispo in the Western Algarve, around 25 minutes from Lagos. After driving through the town, you really can't miss it as it's signposted all the way.

There are several stunning beaches around here, but this is one of the more accessible ones - the access road was improved a few years ago meaning a much less bumpy drive than before! This beach is on the Algarve's wilder West coast and has beautiful clean water with rolling waves that are perfect for surfing.

It's such a large expanse of sand that it's almost too far to walk from one end to the other - it just seems to go on for miles. There is a small restaurant just beside the parking area, which serves fresh fish (they do superb grilled sardines when they are in season) and they also serve grilled meats, and lighter bites like toasties and salads.

There are stunning cliffs at this beach which not only make Cordoama a dramatic place to photograph, but it's also a great place for paragliders - they regularly use them as a jumping-off point. My suggestion in the summer months would be to get there at a decent time - the car park can fill up pretty quickly especially if there is a decent swell which obviously attracts the surfers.

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