17 may. 2015

Alteirinhos

One of the eight official nudist beaches in Portugal. Alteirinhos is a typical example of the beaches in the South West Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, nestled between steep cliffs and rocks. Very close to Zambujeira do Mar, it is easily accessible and the wonderful landscape certainly deserves a visit.

Last visited: april 2015


How to get there

The road N120 runs north to south along the coast of Alentejo to the southwest corner of Portugal. To get to Alteirinhos beach you have to take the exit to Zambujeira do Mar through narrow local roads. In the town, follow the signs down to the beach, crossing a bridge over a river to get to a little parking area. From that point follow the now stone-paved road to the top of the cliffs where you find a detour on your right. When I was there, what it seemed a new large parking area was under construction, Anyway, you can continue 200 m along a bumpy dirt track (beware of holes) right to the edge of the cliff overlooking the beach.
The wooden stairs to the beach are there, next to the sign that makes clear that this is an official nudist beach. There are more than 100 steps that seem to have been recently built.

The beach

Approximately 200 m long, the rocks divide the beach in at least three sections. The stairs lead to the wider part. The most remarkable feature is the waterfall that accompanies the stairs to the beach from the top of the black cliffs and then creates a stream you have to cross.
The cliffs continue into the rocks that define the limit of the naturist section. At high tide you will have to pass over them or get into the water. Compared to what I see on some photographs, it seems the sea has removed part of the sand in 2015. In this section, there are patches of sand, pebbles and flat rocks, and in the middle, a large rock that can be crossed through a hole in its base.
There is still another smaller section to the left, not accessible at high tide.


Facilities

Although the Portuguese Naturist Federation mentions a bar in the textile section, I couldn't see anything when I was there. 

Nudism

As it is clearly marked in a large sign on the access to the beach, the left side of Alteirinhos is an official naturist zone. Apparently, the rest of the beach is textile.
My experience is a bit different. I was on this beach two consecutive days in April. The first one, cold, cloudy and windy, the beach was almost empty, and the few people there were wearing clothes. Only two brave (should I say crazy?) women decided to get into the weather. Nobody complained about they doing it in the nude.
The second day was warmer and at the beginning almost everybody was naked, even out of the official area. Then more people arrived and we were soon outnumbered by textiles. Nevertheless, nobody asked us to move.
It is probably different in the summer. Photos show a crowded beach, and everybody seem to wear a bathing suit. I suppose you can only be nude in the designated area.

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Other nude beaches in the area

  • Praia do Salto
  • Malhao
  • Adegas

I like:
  • Beautiful landscape
I don't like:
  • The last 100 m of the "road" to the parking area

About the Author

Nat Biss

Author & Editor

I have dedicated most of my free time in the last years to discover the world, and beaches offer some of the most stunning landscapes on Earth. The next step was to enjoy them as naturally as possible, which obviously mean without clothes. Now I think it is time for me to share this liberating experience and try to help others to discover it.

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