It is one of the most beautiful and well-known natural attractions of the Algarve and is finally due to undergo renovation work to make sure it stays that way.
The Ponta da Piedade in Lagos is a stretch of shoreline with majestic cliffs and several hidden grottoes that has been praised by international publications for its incredible picturesque landscape.
In an interview with Barlavento newspaper, mayoress Maria Joaquina Matos said a 1.5km-long area between the Canavial Club and Ponta da Piedade will be “renovated” in a project that is being developed by the local council, the Portuguese Environmental Agency (APA) and the Cascade Resort. For now, the project is seeking community funding.
There are also plans to carry out renovations along the area between Ponta da Piedade and the Dona Ana beach, though this is dubbed the “second phase of the project”.
Matos says the general plan is to preserve the natural traits of the area, while also keeping walking trails and viewpoints in “tip-top condition”.
Ponta da Piedade is located around 3km south of the town of Lagos. There is only one access road which passes the Dona Ana and Camilo beaches and ends at a lighthouse where there are plenty of car parking spaces.
It’s an incredibly popular area for sightseers and beachgoers, and in 2014 was singled out by the USA’s Huffington Post as “what could very well be the most beautiful beach on Earth”.
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