Holidays to Praia do Vau offer a quiet retreat with a first-class sandy beach and little else to spoil the tranquillity. There are livelier towns nearby, and the rest of the Algarve is in easy reach, too.
A relaxation destination
Praia do Vau is a small, laid-back town that sits in a bay on the west of the Algarve in Portugal. The place is all about relaxation – even local celebrities come here for some R&R – so you’ll find a top-drawer beach and just a handful of shops and restaurants. And there are 2 neighbours, Alvor and Praia da Rocha, to supply extra eating places and bars.
On the beach
Praia do Vau’s prime appeal is the beach, a wide crescent of powdery sand that slopes gently into shallow waters. The sea is calm enough to swim or paddle in, but don’t expect tropical temperatures – this is still the Atlantic. Loungers and parasols are available to hire, and there are a few restaurants where you can get snacks and drinks.
The cliffs along Praia do Vau are a striking sight and are great for leisurely walks. A stroll to the west leads you to Praia do Alvor, taking in first-rate views of arches and grottoes jutting out into the sea. Or, you can wait for low tide and wander across the beach to Praia da Rocha – there are rock pools and little coves to discover on the 20-minute walk.
Days out in Lagos
About 45 minutes’ drive brings you to Lagos. Among the old town’s pretty, shop-lined streets there’s an unexpected find – the church of Saint Anthony, which is famous round here for its decorative gold leaf. Down at the harbour, you’ll find a fort which now houses a maritime museum. And about 3 kilometres south, you’ve got Ponta da Piedade, a series of grottoes and arches sculpted out of the rocks.
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