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Ponta da Piedade, Algarve

Ponta da Piedade, also known as Mercy Point is a group of golden-yellow, rock formations lying three kilometres to the south of Lagos and can be accessed by road, by foot along a cliff-top path, or by boat.

The road from Lagos passes the beaches of Dona Ana and Camilo, ending at a large car park next to the lighthouse. There are cafés and souvenir shops here, with a flight of 182 steps leading down to the sea where the waters are calm and crystal clear.

There are coastal paths that cross the cliffs, allowing you to see the golden sandstone cliffs. Birdwatchers may even see migratory falcons or egrets on the rocks below. However, the best to way to explore the Ponta da Piedade headland is by boat, sailing through the maze of unique rock formations, arches, natural tunnels and hidden grottos. If you are adventurous, you could hire a Stand-up Paddle Board (SUP) for your trip around this fantastic headland.