Burgau Beach – ‘Praia do Burgau’
Burgau has a lovely little sandy beach backed by cliffs and although fairly small, it is really pretty and very popular in summer. Access to Burgau Beach is by way of a fairly steep cobbled road with houses, shops and cafes along the route.
If you are travelling by car, it is best to park somewhere along the roads at the top as although it is possible to drive down to the boat slipways on the beach there is very little turning space and virtually no parking space at the bottom. There are several shops, bars and restaurants in Burgau if you fancy an ice cream or a bite to eat or a drink.
Burgau Beach itself is beautifully clean with golden sands and children can play safely under a watchful eye. There is a lovely restaurant at the back where you sit and overlook the beach and watch the waves roll in.
Burgau beach can be appreciated at all times of the year. In summer, the buzz of holidaymakers and local residents fills the beach. In winter months, the beach is virtually deserted and is a quiet, sheltered bay to enjoy the peace and sunshine.
Before you go to Burgau just check the tidal schedule if you are planning to go and sit on the beach, because at high tide the beach is completely covered. The water can also start to roll up the beach quite quickly when the tide is coming in, so be prepared to gather your belongings and move back to avoid getting wet!
Praia do Burgau is not classed as an accessible beach – although it is possible to get as far as the boat slipways there isn’t a suitable ramp onto the beach. There is, however, a paved pathway to the beach bar, although not wide enough (at a guess) for wheelchairs. The beach is supervised during the ‘beach season’ and there are sunbeds for hire.