Immediately West of our neighborhood Vau beach, and directly connected to it during low tide, Alemão beach is a much quieter, smaller beach, surrounded by cliffs which are accessible and great fun to explore. It’s just 15 minutes walk down the road!
The original name of this beach is the Barranco das Canas beach. Although why it is more commonly referred to as the Beach of the German (Alemão) is a mystery as the Barranco refers to the watercourse that flows through this beach although it is thought to be linked to the fact that a German lived in the area some time ago… and there’s a villa, perched up on the cliff, believed to have belonged to a rich German family.
Since most of the time we walk the trail along the two connecting beaches, we have gathered enough pictures of both sites throughout the seasons … too many to display!!! Sometimes the pictures are interconnected, showing both beaches.
‘João d’Arens’ is even a smaller beach area, of connecting little beaches (low tide), sometimes only accessible by boat – an amazingly beautiful area, better seen if you hike along the high cliffs.