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Praia da Lagoa de Albufeira
The Praia da Lagoa de Albufeira (Albufeira Lagoon Beach) is a unique beach in Portugal and is close to Sesimbra. To one side the beach faces the Atlantic Ocean and is part of the 30km beach stretching the length of the western side of the Setubal Peninsular. Flowing into the rear of beach are three minor rivers and these rivers combined with the tidal currents have carved out deep lagoons in the soft sands.
The three lagoons stretch over a kilometer from the beach and around the edge is soft sand. The lagoons are a popular location for novices kite or wind surfers as the flat water makes for an ideal area to practice while the fierce waves of the beach are perfect for surfing and bodyboarding.
The whole of Praia da Lagoa de Albufeira is a part of a National Ecological Reserve and the surrounding area is popular with walkers and bird watchers. Praia da Lagoa de Albufeira is a great beach as it offers two completely different styles of beach set right next to each other and is so large that even during the height of the summer months there is still plenty of space.
Tourist Information Praia da Lagoa de Albufeira
The Praia da Lagoa de Albufeira lies in a less developed area of the Setubal Peninsular but there is are shops, cafes and restaurants at the main car park which is on the beach front. There is plenty of car parking either in the designed park or on the surrounding roads.
The Portuguese always let their children play in the lagoons but there are strong deep water tidal currents and the water quality is not blue flag. There is a campsite on the souther bank of the main lagoon called Campismo Lagoa (+212 684 872) great location but designed for the Portuguese market with very limited contact details.
Transport to Praia da Lagoa de Albufeira
The beach is 15km from Sesimbra, 40km from Setubal, 35km from Costa Caparica or 40km from Lisbon. Sesimbra is the most sensible destination to explore the southern edge of the Setubal Pennisual and is the prettiest town of the region. From Sesimbra follow the N378 out of Sesimbra, then join the N379 heading west, this then blends into the N377 in a northerly direction for 6.4km before turning into the town of Lagoa de Albufeira. There is a public bus service from Sesimbra to Lagoa de Albufeira the number 240, but its very limited timetable make it very difficult for a day trip.