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Praia do Martinhal, Algarve

Praia do Martinhal is a wide sandy beach, approximately two kilometres from Sagres. This beach is located within the fairly sheltered east-facing Bay of Baleeira, which is also home to the town’s harbour. Praia do Martinhal is bordered by sand dunes, providing shelter from the windy breezes, often found along this section of the coastline.

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There are cafes on the beach, perfect for when you want a drink or a bite to eat, and there are also sun loungers and parasols for hire. The beach is not usually too busy, being a favourite with families since the sand is ideal for building sandcastles. The windy conditions also make it an ideal venue for windsurfers and there is a lifeguard service during the summer months.

If you tire of lazing in the sun, there are boat trips from Sagres harbour to the Martinhal Islet, just a few hundred metres off the coast, with beautiful clear waters making it an ideal place for diving and snorkelling.