Camilo

From the terrace on the top of the cliff, there is a fabulous panoramic view over the coastline between Lagos and the municipality of Albufeira, with a sweeping perspective of the ocean dotted with the white triangles of sailing boats. A large set of stone steps leads down to the beach, passing through an area of scrubland with the typical plants of the algarve’s "barrocal" region: kermes oaks, mastic-trees, spotted rock roses and sage-leaf rock roses. On the face of the cliff that is most exposed to the sea, the predominant plants are sea orach and wormleaf saltwort, which have adapted to the salt spray from the sea. An enormous rock formation divides the beach into two and it is possible to pass through this by means of a damp narrow tunnel that has been dug by hand and where you can observe many different kinds of sea shells embedded in the rock. Behind the beach, the cliff is soft and red, being of the sand-clay type with lots of crevices. On either side, the predominant colour is ochre and the cliffs are carved out of calcarenites, forming typical features such as isolated groups of rocks, arches and undercutting. Countless birds appreciate the platforms of the isolated rocks because they are inaccessible to predators, with birds such as shags, herring gulls and black-headed gulls being a common feature of this beach.

There is a possibility of stones falling from the cliffs, so that care should be taken when walking close to them. There is a tarmac road leading to the beach from Lagos. Drive up the Avenida dos Descobrimentos and turn left at the roundabout next to the fire station, heading towards Ponta da Piedade. Praia do Camilo is signposted. There is a small but organised parking area near the beach, which has basic support facilities (restaurant and toilets) and is supervised during the bathing season. The beach faces south