Canavial

The name of this beach derives from the dense reed bed (canavial) along the banks of a fast-flowing stream that cascades in a waterfall down the cliffs in the rainy season. The beach can be reached by a series of footpaths over the top of the cliffs, where the rich scrubland of the algarve’s "barrocal" region has slowly begun to occupy the old fig-tree orchards, so that it is now possible to see there enormous mastic-trees, wild asparagus and dense entanglements of honeysuckle. The narrow, winding path to the beach takes you down some steps carved out of the cliff face, with a predominance of very intense fiery red and ochre tones. The carbonate rocks that form the cliffs are highly sculpted and cracked by the rainwater passing through them, and growing in the small cavities that have formed in them are the typical plants of these rugged environments, such as pale stonecrop, Mediterranean beach daisy, sweet alyssum and sea lavender. The beach is a narrow one, sheltered by the scenically shaped cliffs, isolated and very peaceful. The water is so transparent that you can see the aesthetically aligned rows of submerged rock formations, forming a series of long ridges.

The beach is very narrow and should only be visited at low tide. There is a possibility of stones falling from the cliffs, so that care Should be taken when walking close to them, as well as when walking on the cliff top, keeping a safe distance from the edge. There is a footpath to the beach over the top of the cliffs from the urban development to the east of Porto de Mós (roughly 200 metres) or from the lighthouse of Ponta da Piedade (roughly one kilometre). The beach, which has no support facilities and is unsupervised. The beach faces south