Praia dos estudantes

The cliffs become a little lower on this beach and are covered in reeds, hinting at the existence of a fairly constant flow of fresh water. The typical cliff plants are also to be found in abundance here, especially wormleaf saltwort, sea orach and shrubby seablite, species that have adapted well to the salt spray coming from the sea and which also grow in the saline soils of the saltmarshes. The beach is very small and sheltered by rock formations that continue into the sea, providing the possibility of calm water for swimming in. Tunnels have been dug by hand out of these cliffs: one to the west offers access to a tiny beach from where you can see a curious archway built by human hands in order to connect an isolated group of rocks in the sea to the land; another, to the east, connects Praia dos Estudantes to the neighbouring Praia da Batata. The tunnel to the west has been worn away quite severely by the action of the sea and is full of nooks and crannies where you can see the characteristic organisms of the intertidal environment: mussels, limpets, top shells, buckshot barnacles, sea anemones, shrimps and brightly-coloured seaweed. In these cavities, the atmosphere is humid, heavily laden with salt and impregnated with an intense smell of the sea.

There is a possibility of stones falling from the cliffs, so that care should be taken when walking close to them, especially near the tunnels that have been dug out of the rocks. The beach can be reached either on foot or along a tarmac road from Avenida dos Descobrimentos in Lagos. There is an organised parking area near the beach, which has some support facilities (restaurant) on the cliff top, but is not supervised. The beach faces south-east/east