The beach is situated in a wide open valley, forming a vast expanse of sand framed by high cliffs at either end. Seen from the viewing point of Miradouro da atalaia, at the top of the cliff, the landscape is superb, it being possible to follow the coastline all the way to Sagres. To the west, there is a predominance of light-grey colours and the cliffs are carved out of heavily stratified layers of marlstone (limestone with a high clay content) that seem to overhang in a very precarious state of balance. in the rainy season, a thick layer of clay builds up at the foot of the cliff, which the local people claim has special medicinal properties. Growing on the cliff face are plants that can withstand the spray of salt from the sea, such as sea orach, wormleaf saltwort and shrubby seablite, or common reeds in those places where there are signs of trickling water. To the west, the cliffs display very warm ochre colours and it is already possible to see the rock formations that are part of the headland of Ponta da Piedade. Despite the proximity of the city of Lagos, the area around the beach still maintains its natural characteristics and there are some very quiet sections to be found.
There is the 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 Porto de Mós. There is a fairly large 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