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Praia da Dona Ana Beach, Lagos
Praia da Dona Ana beach is regarded as the most picturesque beach of the Algarve region. The small beach is surrounded by steep colourful strata cliffs, while the golden sands are lapped by the crystal clear waters - simply put, the Praia da Dona Ana is stunning. The Dona Ana beach is within walking distance of central Lagos and makes for an ideal location for a day on the beach.
The Praia Dona Ana beach, near Lagos
Dona Ana beach offers visitors clean and calm seawaters, beautiful short walks around the golden cliffs and a range of good cafes situated at the top of the cliff. All considered, Praia da Dona Ana is possibly the best all-round beach in Lagos, but unfortunately it can get very busy at the weekends.
Praia da Dona Ana Tourist Information
The Praia da Dona Ana can get very crowded on summer weekends. For space at these times, head to the much larger Meia Praia, which is across the harbour from Lagos. The only access to Dona Ana beach is down a long flight of steps that makes the beach unsuitable for older visitors or families with pushchairs. On the beach, deck chairs and parasols can be hired for €10 per day. Limited refreshment can be purchased on the beach, but there are much better options at the top of the steep cliffs.
Dona Ana beach is set along a stunning coastline
The beach is supervised by a lifeguard, and the waters are far enough from the mouth of the Lagos harbour to be perfectly clean. There are small rock formations which contain common sea life and are fun to snorkel around, but be prepared for the shockingly cold water, even at the height of summer. The beach is popular with Portuguese families as the waters are safe to bath with minimal tidal currents and shallow waves. Praia de Dona Ana is possible the most sheltered of all of Lagos’ beaches, and undoubtedly the beach to head to if there is a breeze blowing.
Travel to Praia da Dona Ana from Lagos
The Dona Ana beach is easily accessible from Lagos, only being 2.5km from central Lagos. The walk takes less than 30 minutes and follows the main harbour road (Avenue dos Descobrimentos) south; the left turn is just by the fire station and heads round the back of the Iber Lagos hotel complex.
Dona Ana bus stop at the top of the cliff
Due to the limited car parking (approximately 70 spaces) at the top of the cliffs, walking to the beach is the best means of travel. There is a bus-stop at the top of the cliffs that is served by the Lagos route 2 (the beach route). This service has approximately hourly departures and an adult single ticket from the bus station costs €1.20. The bus service is complimented by the mini train, which costs €2.50 for a single ticket to/from Lagos .An easier and even more convenient option is to hire a taxi for the 5 minute journey, which will cost around €5.00.