The Amado Beach Trail offers a refreshing hiking experience along the gorgeous Vicentine Coast Natural Park. This trail is an excellent option for avid hikers and nature enthusiasts looking for a fairly challenging adventure that combines diverse wildlife, stunning coastal views, and rich geological history.
Amado Hiking Trail - Vicentine Coast - Algarve

TRAIL FACTSHEET
Location: Carrapateira, Aljezur municipality; GPS Coordinates : 37°10’07.3″N 8°54’04.8″W (DMS); 37.168705, -8.901346 (Decimal Degrees); Grade: medium-high difficulty; some stretches can be difficult for elderly or very young visitors; Type: loop trail (circular route); this trail is signposted; Length: 8.0 km/ 5.0 miles; Average Completion Time: up to 3.0 hours; Best Time to Visit: spring and autumn; this trail is more interesting in late spring; Activities: nature walks and hikes; birdwatching; swimming; surfing.

The Amado Beach Trail is a captivating loop that begins at the parking site near the bar on Amado Beach. The trail features both seaside and inland sections, offering a blend of rugged coastal beauty and serene inland landscapes.
Amado Beach from the Amado Beach Trail
Beyond its scenic appeal, the trail also offers a rich tapestry of history and ecology. Along the cliffs, hikers can observe rare or beautiful plants such as an endemic species of Spiny Thrift (Armeria beirana), the Nepeta (Nepeta tuberosa), and the Camphor Thyme (Thymus camphoratus), which are depicted below, from left to right. Native to the Vicentine Coast, some of these species are not easy to identify without their spring flowers.
Native Plants - Vicentine Coast Natural Park - Amado Beach Trail
Inland, the trail meanders through steep rolling hills and fragrant scrublands, particularly vibrant in spring when flowers like Heather, Myrtle, Lavender and Wild Asparagus bloom profusely. Birdwatching enthusiasts will also delight in spotting species such as the Redstart, Jackdaw, Peregrine Falcon, and Red-billed Chough (shown below from left to right).
Bird Species - Amado Beach Trail
On the other hand, the inland path also provides opportunities to see evidence of local wildlife, including footprints and burrows of Rabbits, Foxes, and Egyptian Mongooses. But the coastal sections of the trail are undoubtedly the main highlights.
Topographic Profile - Amado Beach Trail
Indeed, the seaside segments offer spectacular cliffs and panoramic ocean vistas that are sure to leave you feeling very joyful and alive. Then, as you approach Murração Beach (pictured below), you’ll encounter unique rocky outcrops dating back over 300 million years to the distant Carboniferous period.
Murração Beach from the Amado Beach Trail
Known for its geological significance, Murração Beach is one of the most secluded beaches in the Algarve. For those interested in geology, this beach is a site of great interest, showcasing well-dated sections of very ancient rock formations and remnants of prehistoric cooking fires that offer a unique peek into human history.

In spring, the Amado Beach Trail is a must-visit for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts seeking a short trail that combines natural beauty, historical intrigue, and a moderate challenge. In that sense, it is similar to the Cordoama, Carrapateira and Bordeira trails. Whether you’re drawn by the promise of spectacular coastal views, by rich biodiversity, or by geological wonders, this hike offers a truly rewarding experience. Enjoy!
Amado Beach Trail - Murração Road Access

Amado Beach Trail: Tips and Advice
To make the most of your hike, start early in the morning. This not only allows you to enjoy the cooler temperatures but also increases your chances of spotting wildlife. Wear sturdy hiking boots as some sections of the trail are steep and rocky. A walking stick can also be helpful for balance on uneven terrain. The trail is well-marked with the customary signs in either direction.

Bring plenty of water and snacks, as there are no shade and no facilities along the trail proper – the beach bar at Amado Beach and a nearby café offer refreshments, but it’s best to be prepared. Be cautious on the coastal cliffs and avoid getting too close to the edges. The Amado Beach Trail can be challenging in places, so take your time and enjoy the scenery safely.

Please stay on the designated paths to protect the fragile ecosystems and avoid disturbing wildlife. However, you can make an exception on your way back – instead of following the official trail, you can try an alternative route across the sand of Amado Beach (please check the map above). This will allow you to enjoy the beautiful coastal landscape in a different way. Carry out all trash and leave no trace. Also check the weather forecast before setting out – the coastal areas can be windy, and weather conditions change rapidly.
House Ruins - Amado Beach Trail

Important Information on Murração Beach
With its dark and jagged cliffs, Murração Beach is dauntingly beautiful but it can also be dangerous for the unprepared. The beach’s shape creates powerful rip currents that are invisible and will pull even the strongest of swimmers out to sea. Human arms and legs are no match for these huge, fast-moving masses of seawater.

Please exercise extreme caution when swimming here. Note that there are no facilities or lifeguards on duty, even during summer. Moreover, due to the risk of landslides and falling rocks, visitors should keep a safe distance from the base of the cliffs.

Murração Beach - Panoramic View

 

Referred to as the “Vicentine Jewel,” Murração is one of the rare beaches where dune vegetation reaches the tideline. To the north, a light-coloured cliff covered in juniper scrub borders a small stream that flows onto the sands during the rainy months. In the central part of the beach, the cliff becomes tall and imposing, composed of black schist with reddish and orange veins. Atop this cliff, light-coloured carbonate rocks are visible, sometimes with flocks of sheep grazing near the edge. At the southern end of the beach, a stream cuts through the rocky wall, creating a waterfall in winter.

You can reach this beach via the EN 120 road north of Vila do Bispo, near the Wind Farm. From there, drive towards the sea for about 6.0 km. The dirt track leading to the beach is very rough, so a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended.

Amado Beach From Murração

 

What Makes Amado a Special Beach
Amado Beach is a pleasant coastal destination that stretches across three scenic valleys. The landscape is a vivid palette of colours, with the northern cliffs glowing in warm red and ochre hues, while the southern cliffs are defined by the rugged grey of schist rocks.

Renowned for its diverse and challenging waves, Amado Beach is a top spot for surfers. This beach is home to several surfing schools and regularly hosts both national and international surfing competitions. Despite its popularity, there are still plenty of serene spots to discover if you wander a bit further along the shore.

You can access the beach via a road that winds along the cliffs, which also connects to Bordeira Beach and to the Pontal da Carrapateira Trail. In itself, this is also a great hiking trail in addition to the Amado Beach Trail (please check the map above). This 6.0 km route passes by Pontal, by an ancient Arab settlement, and by the quaint fishing harbour at Zimbreirinha, where boats are perched on wooden platforms suspended from the cliffs. Along the way, numerous stopping points offer breathtaking views of the coastal landscape.

Again, it’s important to stay safe while visiting, so keep a good distance from the cliffs due to the risk of landslides and falling rocks. You can reach Amado Beach from the southern entrance of Carrapateira, which is about a 2 km drive. The road is a bit rough. Amado offers ample parking on firm, beaten earth. Visitors will find a range of amenities including bars, restrooms, and information and recreational facilities such as a surfing school. Lifeguards are also on duty during the summer to ensure safety. Amado Beach faces west/north-west, making it a perfect spot to catch the sunset. Enjoy!
Amado Beach from the North