Praia de Cacela Velha
Praia de Cacela Velha
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Barbora
Manchester, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
This is my most favourite beach in Portugal!! I love it!!

Were there during the summer (June - September)

There are not so many people, even during the high season. Just drive to Cacela Velha and go to the beach (down the hill ,800m) or drive to Fábrica and take a ferry to Praia Cacela Velha (3Eur return ticket) or Praia Fábrica (2Eur return ticket). Take a lot of water and food or take a ferry back to Fábrica and eat in restaurant on the coast. Bring sunshade as well and spend there whole day.
Written September 23, 2014
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Scott M
Cambridge, MA495 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
If anything, this is even more lovely than the excellent Praia do Barril. You can only get to this beach by crossing an estuary at low tide, and then its 300-400m walk. The parking is limited. All of this means, the beach isn't crowded. When we were there on a beautiful Saturday, there were maybe 50 people along 3-4km of beach.

As usual, she went thong/topless and I went nude. I don't know if this is official policy, but nobody cared.

The water here is a bit warmer than Barril, probably because the sea bottom has a shallower slope. This makes for even more pleasant swimming.

One thing: no amenities at all. Bring water!
Written May 19, 2018
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Bruno F
Oeiras, Portugal54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
What an amazing surprise. All the benefits of this part of Algarve without the crowd. Access might be tricky but is worth. If you're close, chose this beach. And in top of that you have an amazing view of the castle
Written August 24, 2017
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emmachizzit
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
This has to be on your itinerary if you are in the vicinity. The view varies every day as the tides change. It is part of natural reserve Ria Formosa in this area. Simply beautiful, you won't be disappointed. A simple restaurant that you pass on the left after parking, serves oysters etc. at very reasonable prices.
Written August 9, 2017
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Stichting S
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
I have been coming to Cacela Velha for nearly a year now. Each time, the light is different, the tide is different, the vegetation is different ... All I need to do to feel good is wander up and down the river beach, to Fabrica or Manta Rota, or wade across the shallows to the ocean. It is truly a magnificent place! Careful you don't let the tide cut you off from the mainland, when you've ventured out to the ocean.

A word of warning! At the top of the stairs leading off the beach, there is a romantic looking house offering possibly the best view of all of the Algarve. Contact details for the owner are in the window. Don't make the mistake of renting it if you value a stress-free and pleasant stay in your accommodation. The owner, Claudia, is a horrible bully. Her mother lives across the street and reports on your every move, down to the washing drying on the line. The husband is a police man who checks out your visitors and their car registrations. They take no responsibility for the upkeep of the accommodation. Everything that goes wrong, or breaks, is your fault. In my case, for example, the bedroom door jammed shut. I ended up sleeping on the sofa covered only by a towel, horribly cold and uncomfortable. When I complained, I was told I shouldn't have shut the bedroom door ... During the month I stayed, I was granted maybe 10 days without a barrage of abuse.
Written March 10, 2021
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Caroline B
Cork, Ireland47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
Take a stroll through the old town until you reach the cliff edge where you will have an amazing uninterrupted view of the coastline. The light here is magical and time seems to almost stand still.
This is a oeach for walking though not for lying in the sun as the tide covers the sand in places and divides the area into several sand banks.
Written March 20, 2019
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NikiB1313
Oxford, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
Having enjoyed an idyllic, magical day at Cacela Velha out of season, I was truly saddened (although not surprised) to read other reviews that inconsiderate tourists often ruin this charming little place.

We always look to get off the beaten track and avoid tourist hotspots, and we went to considerable lengths to seek out Cacela Velha. We were not disappointed. On the day we visited, there were only a few other visitors dotted around the lagoon and the village was quiet and pretty. We spent a glorious afternoon paddling in the shallow water, taking photos and exploring, feeling that we'd found somewhere a bit special.

It's depressing to read reports of busloads of tourists dropping litter everywhere in this beautiful environment and others clogging up the narrow streets of the village with their cars because they are too lazy to walk a few extra steps.
Written October 15, 2017
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Nuno A
Agueda, Portugal48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
Is a beach in middle of the Ria Formosa. You can way on foot or in a litle motor boat. The price of the way is 1€.
The village of Cacela Velha is very typical, with little houses and good people. Enjoy...
Written September 13, 2017
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Patricia_A
London, UK166 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
We decided to go to there because of the reviews we found online. Maybe we have been to too many amazing beaches but this was average at best. The village is quite charming but absolutely tiny and there is nothing in it (we could not even have a coffee). We saw a restaurant, but it had a sign that read "closed until July".

We basically drove for 1 hour to get there, spend about 15-20min walking around a beach that was truly not that impressive, and then drove back to Vilamoura. Clearly other people seem very impressed by it, so maybe it is just a matter of taste, but I would not advise driving for a long time to see that. You are likely to be disappointed.
Written June 8, 2015
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Carla L
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
The acess to the beach must be made by boat or wait till the low tide to cross walking. We prefer do it by boat (by 1.5€/adult and 1€/child from 4 to 10).
I recomend you to take ALL you need with you because there are no available comodities.
It is a lovelly place to know.
Written August 7, 2018
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