Faro District, Portugal

Ponta Ruiva Beach

Ponta Ruiva Beach is a secluded beach located in the parish of Sagres, in the Algarve region of Portugal. The beach is known for its natural beauty, featuring a sandy bay that stretches for about 500 meters. The beach's name, which translates to "Red Point," is derived from a distinctive reddish rock formation visible on the cove's western side. This rock, made of red sandstones known locally as "grés de Silves" or "pedra farinheira," is a unique geological feature that signifies the endpoint of a geological formation extending across the Algarve region and continuing across the Atlantic in Canada. This formation is a testament to the ancient supercontinent Pangea and the phenomenon of continental drift. Ponta Ruiva Beach is situated within the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park. Its serene location and beautiful cliffs make it a favored spot among surfers and those seeking tranquility. Despite its popularity, the beach tends to remain quiet and uncrowded due to its isolation and the difficulty in accessing it. The beach can only be reached via secondary dirt roads, and thus, it is recommended to have a suitable vehicle for off-road driving. The beach lacks beach support facilities, and there are no lifeguards present. However, the Maritime Authority regularly monitors it. The bathing season is undefined as the beach is not officially classified as a bathing area. The beach's natural attributes include white sand, cliffs, and an array of geological features such as schists, graywackes, quartz, and red sandstones. The area is predominantly subjected to winds from the northwest, and the average water temperature during the summer is around 22ºC.

Visitor Reviews

Visitor reviews highlight the beach's appeal for surfing due to its waves and relatively shallow access. The beach's secluded location, accessible via a rough road, and its wild, stunning beauty are also highly appreciated by visitors. However, some visitors complain about the tricky access, especially for cars and vans.

Where is Ponta Ruiva Beach?

Latitude: 37.0682867 / Longitude: -8.9643754

Ponta Ruiva Beach is located in Faro District. The following map of Ponta Ruiva Beach shows the exact location.

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