Algar Seco
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  • Paul E
    St. Catharines, Canada317 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went 3 times to experience this marvelous coastline!
    A fantastic coastline of the most beautifully carved rocks that I have ever seen. We went there 3 times for it is a place that cannot been appreciated in one visit I find. Those rock formations are simply stunning!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Ana
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Couldn’t imagine more beautiful scenery
    This place is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. There’s a nice little boardwalk with seating, and you can venture off into the cliffs if you’re feeling adventurous. Note that it’s an extremely steep hill on one side, so if you aren’t prepared to walk that, definitely just park in the lot. It was a great spot to watch the sunset. Definitely a must see!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 1, 2023
  • Mary O
    Dublin, Ireland50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit , stunning
    Loved these rocks. Amazing sculptures. Steps down to viewing platforms and boardwalks along the cliff top. Stunning views. There are other areas that don't have steps but can be accessed. In my opinion these areas not ideal for children but that's up to the parent. Plenty of safe access otherwise. Well worth a visit. The nearby town of Carveiro looked very inviting but we didn't have time to stop on this occasion.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 21, 2024
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schliek
Goes, The Netherlands2,456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Hi guys

Nice views along the coast and of the limestone cliffs that have been shaped by the ocean.
The Carvoeiro wooden walkways makes this more accessible. You can climb onto and around the cliffs themselves. But it is dangerous.
Regards
Schliek.
Written February 18, 2022
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Don D
Atlanta, GA155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We really liked our short visit to Carvoeiro. We walked the very nice boardwalk along the cliffs to Alga Seco. Beautiful scenery. We were too tired to take the walk down the long steps down, but you probably should.
Negative is the bar built right down between the rock formations. It takes away from the natural setting
Written October 24, 2022
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nyc3kids123
New York City, NY136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We loved climbing around these beautiful formations on the sea. We parked the car in Carvoeiro but there is parking at Algar Seco if you don't want to walk from town.
We walked along the boardwalk and then climbed down into the formations. As shown in the photos, there is also a place where you can walk down steps to get closer to the formations.
It is possible to hike along the coast to other beaches, but it was a hot day so we only got to Algar Seco. We saw it from a boat the prior day and had to return. It is very cool and worth a special trip. Not for people with mobility issues, and you need to have proper footwear.
Written July 27, 2022
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Alexa S
Lima, Peru73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Had a great experience visiting Algar Seco - parking was easy, although the lot is relatively small so might be a different experience during high season. Walk down the stairs to the left to get out to the cliffs on the coastline. To the right goes to Aboneca cave which would be an absolute beautiful place to watch the sunset - anywhere there really! There is a small cafe, but it was closed when I was there despite the hours reading it should be open.
Written December 3, 2022
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Mary O
Dublin, Ireland50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Loved these rocks. Amazing sculptures. Steps down to viewing platforms and boardwalks along the cliff top. Stunning views. There are other areas that don't have steps but can be accessed. In my opinion these areas not ideal for children but that's up to the parent. Plenty of safe access otherwise. Well worth a visit. The nearby town of Carveiro looked very inviting but we didn't have time to stop on this occasion.
Written February 21, 2024
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Paul E
St. Catharines, Canada317 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A fantastic coastline of the most beautifully carved rocks that I have ever seen. We went there 3 times for it is a place that cannot been appreciated in one visit I find. Those rock formations are simply stunning!
Written October 30, 2023
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genorth
Huddersfield, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Lovely place to visit if in the area. 600m boardwalk takes you from Carvoeiro along the cliff top to Algar Seco. You can explore the rock features in the cliffs or just buy a coffee (or meal ) and savour the scenery.
Written March 9, 2020
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Ana
Milwaukee, WI18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This place is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. There’s a nice little boardwalk with seating, and you can venture off into the cliffs if you’re feeling adventurous. Note that it’s an extremely steep hill on one side, so if you aren’t prepared to walk that, definitely just park in the lot. It was a great spot to watch the sunset. Definitely a must see!
Written December 1, 2023
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Lesterbeach
Winnipeg, Canada4,510 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Not listed in many tourist books we found this to be one of the most interesting spots along the coast. On the east side of town follow the signs to Algar Seco. The paths go through the cliffs and you can get some wonderful pictures. Stairs have been carved into the rocks and lead you down to lower sections close to the crashing waves. At times all you can see are the narrow stairs around you- everywhere there is rock. Take each of the paths as the views are quite different. Don't miss it.
Written March 18, 2015
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karen123226
Loule, Portugal12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
Boneca bar has been for the past 12 years a place we go for a treat, spectacular setting, lovely food etc. It I always on our to do list when we have visitors stay with us, and although its nearly an hours drive, it has always been worth it....until yesterday. We took some friends there for lunch, we ordered a jug of white sangria which came out as what I can only describe as fizzy orange, nothing like the delicious jugs we always have had. The whole 4 of us had a sip and all agreed it was like Fanta with a few slices of lemon & orange in it. I spoke to the waiter and said this is not like the usual white sangria we have when we always come here. His reply was I have worked here for 6 years and never seen you before, which in effect was calling me a liar. He went to get it changed, however, it was not much improved but we figured the waiter was not going to appreciate being questioned again, so we left it. We waited a while then eventually had to ask for menus, to be handed them with the comment from the waiter saying ' Here you go'. The restaurant was not exceptionally busy, but the waiter seemed to be completely fed up with having to serve customers and customer service was very low on his agenda.

We ordered our meal, which came, The 2 fish meals were the worse, the tuna was virtually raw, we questioned this twice only to be told it was how it is cooked there and it was cooked properly. Our friend ate less than half of her meal. My husbands choice at Boneca Bar is always the sardines, on this occasion they came without any boiled potatoes, he commented on this, only to be told it doesn't come with boiled potatoes. Previously he has always had potatoes and been offered extra bread with his sardines (Our last visit this year was late June 2013). Needless to say no one bothered with any desserts.

The bill came, the food is never cheap, which is understandable due to the location to the sea and the setting and we have always been more than satisfied as the quality of food, drinks & service has been good. Unfortunately this was full price, even though we had questioned some things. For the very 1st time we did not leave a tip as we felt the service was very poor. I am sorely disappointed.
Written September 24, 2013
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