5. Cliff-top trail Nossa Senhora da Rocha – Marinha beach
The cliff-top trail from Nossa Senhora da Rocha to Praia da Marinha is a picturesque coastal route that showcases the natural beauty of the Algarve region in southern Portugal. This scenic hike allows you to experience stunning cliffs, hidden beaches, and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Here's a description of the trail: Starting Point: The trail begins at the iconic Nossa Senhora da Rocha chapel, perched atop a cliff with panoramic views of the coastline and the vast ocean. The chapel itself is a charming white structure that adds a touch of cultural significance to the area's natural beauty. Cliff-top Path: The trail follows a well-marked cliff-top path from the chapel that meanders along the coastline. As you walk, you'll be treated to mesmerizing views of the azure waters below, with the waves crashing against the rugged cliffs. Be cautious and stay on the designated paths, as the cliffs can be steep and unstable in some areas. The way follows the wild path and passes through several sinkholes along the route, and the accessible beaches called Barranco, Fontaínhas and Albandeira. The trail is defined as a circular route, starting and finishing at the Chapel. Rock Formations: As you continue on the trail, you'll pass by fascinating rock formations that have been sculpted by the erosive power of the sea over thousands of years. Keep an eye out for unique shapes like natural arches, sea stacks, and sea caves, sinkholes which add an extra layer of wonder to the coastal scenery. Up to this point, the yellow submarine and the famous arch of Albandeira have already been seen, leaving the sinkholes to be visited from the top and the breathtaking views. Middle Point: From Praia da Marinha's viewpoint, you can spend some time admiring the beauty of the surroundings, taking a refreshing glimpse of the Seven Hanging Valleys, or refreshing yourself in the local vendors. Praia da Marinha, is one of the most celebrated beaches in Portugal and even the world. Praia da Marinha is famous for its striking cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and rock formations, making it a paradise for photographers and nature lovers alike. The beach is nestled in a sheltered cove, providing a sense of tranquillity and seclusion. A Door to the Seven Hanging Valleys: The trail from Nossa Senhora da Rocha is a part of the renowned Seven Hanging Valleys, and you'll encounter some of these beautiful valleys along the way. Each valley is a deep ravine, leading down to secluded beaches with golden sands and inviting waters. Overall, the hike from Nossa Senhora da Rocha to Praia da Marinha is a remarkable journey through some of Portugal's most stunning coastal landscapes, offering a true feast for the senses and leaving you with lasting memories of the Algarve's natural wonders. Departure/arrival: The chapel of Nossa Senhora da Rocha Distance: 8 Km (round trip) Estimated departure: 08:30 am Estimated arrival: 12:30 am Average duration: 4h Degree of difficulty: Medium Transport: Transportation is not included. Organize your transport, or place your order by Email. How to get there: Go to Nossa Senhora da Rocha beach and the meeting point is at the Chapel of the Lady of the Rock. Route : Nossa Senhora da Rocha – Barranco beach – Fontaínhas beach – Albandeira beach – Marinha beach - Nossa Senhora da Rocha Recommendations: You should bring drinking water, snacks, a hat, sunscreen and suitable footwear for hiking.