Algarve's Tourist Guide - Nature, Environment and Wonders of the Algarve: Parks, Viewpoints, beaches and heritage sites in the Algarve
Tourist Guide Lagoa - Nature, Environment, Wonders, Parks, Viewpoints, beaches, heritage sites and lost gardens of Lagoa
Albandeira Beach the Smugglers Bay Paradise Beach
The Praia de Albandeira Beach is located in the area of Porches in Lagoa, Algarve, between Armação de Pera and Carvoeiro.
It is known to be a pirates and smugglers bay, its also known, because its strong waves, who are frequently used for surfing, and its towering rocks, afford a magnificent view to its visitors.
Albandeira Beach was a haven from the chaos of Armação de Pera and Carvoeiro.
A lost paradise, that wasn't so noticed if the football player, Luis Figo was not one of the beach goers.
In 1985, when Serge, the Frenchman, came on holiday to the Algarve, Albandeira beach, was a completely deserted beach. However, the French, set up a bar in a hut in the sand, for a while, the beach remains a lost paradise.
After a while, the police caught there some drug smugglers unloading a ship full o drugs from Morocco, the case was in the news media, and since they found the hashish, the beach was never the same.
Just stop the peace and quiet, with cars and motorcycles from side to side, the beach has become well known and people amontouam in the little space between the rocks of Albandeira beach.
The whole Albandeira area, has many caves, some as large, that ships can fit in there, thats why, once up in
time, have been a place of choice for tobacco and drug smugglers for discharges of tobacco coming from Gibraltar and drugs from Morooco.
One of these caves was the salvation of a fisherman of Armação de Pêra. Fell asleep in the boat, and when he awoke, he was inside one of these caves.
On Albandeira's beach, all the caves have a small beach and a small bay, thats the reason why it is a smugglers beach.
It is a small beach, which to be reached, we descend through rocks and natural tunnels.
On top of the cliffs there are two viewpoints that allow you to enjoy the beautiful landscape.
To reach the Albandeira beach, leave the EN 125 (National Road) near the International School of the Algarve, drive to South Then, just follow the road signs.