Meia Praia


The sandy beach of Meia Praia accompanies the shore line of the wide bay at Lagos, starting at the eastern mole of the Ribeira de Bensafrim and stretching for more than four kilometres to the sand barrier of Ria de Alvor. To the west you can still see the city of Lagos, with its groups of rocks stretching into the sea. The horizon spreads into the distance between the low dunes of the beach itself and the gentle and very green hills that stretch inland, covered with patches of pinewoods and the typical scrubland of the "barrocal" region with carob-trees and olive-trees scattered here and there. A network of raised footpaths runs over much of the sand, helping to preserve the vegetation of the dune system, this being thicker at the seafront with a predominance of plants such as sand couch grass, european beach grass, sea holly, cretan trefoil and the eye-catching sea daffodil.Aas this is the only essentially sandy beach in the municipality, and also because of the huge expanse of sand that forms it, it is a particularly attractive spot for all kinds of water sports and beach sports: windsurfing, surfing, kitesurfing, sailing, water skiing, fishing, beach volleyball, beach football, etc., and various support facilities for these sports are made available on the beach for the use of holidaymakers. A little further away from the coast, it is also possible to enjoy some deep-sea sports fishing.

Avoid walking on the vegetation of the sand dune system, thus helping to preserve this vulnerable habitat. There is a tarmac road leading to the beach from Lagos, heading towards the Marina. Meia Praia is signposted from this road. There is a fairly large and partly organised parking area near the beach, which has various support facilities (restaurants and toilets) and is supervised during the bathing season. The beach is classified as an accessible beach. The beach faces south-east