Praia Dona Ana

The road to the beach brings you out onto a small viewing point from where you can contemplate the curious carbonate rock formations sculpted by both freshwater and seawater: crevices, isolated groups of rocks, the remains of potholes and caves. Countless white dots can be seen shining on the isolated groups of rocks scattered along the horizon: these are herring gulls, herons or black-headed gulls resting on the platforms overlooking the sea. Plants that have specially adapted to the salt spray from the sea, such as wormleaf saltwort or sea orach, cover the rocky faces of the cliffs, forming some enormous bushes. The beach consists of a series of small inlets caused by the shape of the cliffs, providing all manner of sheltered nooks and crannies for bathers. Once you’re in the water, you will find that snorkelling offers you the chance to discover a whole new range of different colours: seaweed, sea anemones, starfish, sea urchins, shrimps or shoals of small fish, all inhabit the submerged rock formations. There is a footpath along the top of the cliff, to the east of the beach, leading to Praia do Pinhão. Praia Dona Ana is a famous and very popular beach, with a wide range of tourist facilities all around it.

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 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 Dona Ana is signposted. There is a fairly large and organised parking area near the beach, which has various support facilities (restaurants and toilets) and is supervised during the bathing season. The beach faces south-east