Madeira doesn’t really have that many sandy beaches. Most of its beaches comprise of rocks and pebbles so when I heard that Prainhas was a sand beach, I jumped at the opportunity to go.
Getting to Prainhas
Prainhas is really close to Sao Lourenco on the south-eastern tip of the island. During the winter months, the entrance to the road down is closed so you park on the road. You then have the choice to walk down the cliffs on the right hand side, or walk down the road which is straight in front of the small parking area.
Walking down the cliffs
From the car park, the cliffs are quite steep and require sturdy footwear. The path brings you out at the back of the cafe (closed in winter). Dogs are not allowed on the beach but as no-one else was there (or so we thought) we took Max the dog on with us.
Watch out for nude sunbathers as we accidentally disturbed one! Woops.
The cafe complex
Closed during winter months’ the cafe complex at Prainhas comprises of two large areas for sunbathing, a cafe, some natural showers (no shampoos please) and seating areas.
The beach is not as sandy as the photos I saw and this is because a) the tide was in and b) the boulders currently on the beach are removed before the summer.
I was a bit disappointed by this beach as the amount of rocks on it made it very difficult to walk over. The waves in winter are quite strong not to mention very cold too! However we went exploring near the cliffs and found some rock pools.
the natural arch
Directly right of the car park is what looks like a cliff face, however when you go down to explore you realise that there is a naturally protected, sea-fed rock pool which overlooks a natural archway.
A steep climb down over the rocks but it would be great in the summer.
the rock pools
walking back up
Walking back up to the car park.
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