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Praia da Ursa

Praia da Ursa
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Praia da Ursa panorama
© Jpmurteira / CC BY-SA 3.0

Set on the Atlantic west coast just north of Cabo da Roca is a little gem of a beach - Praia da Ursa. Unspoilt and wild, this little beach is often cited as one of the most beautiful in the area. The name of the beach comes from the "Rocha da Ursa" (bear rock) one of two huge sea stacks at the northern end of the beach. It is said that the rock resembles a bear with its cub, although I can't quite see this myself!

This beach is a little off the beaten track and access is difficult to say the least. It involves a bit of a scrabble down a steep sided valley with plenty of loose rocks under foot. Maybe this is why Praia da Ursa is one of the area's unofficial naturist beaches.

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Praia da Ursa tide times

  • Sun 17th February

    High 12:24am (3.19m)
    Low 06:43am (0.87m)
    High 12:57pm (3.17m)
    Low 07:01pm (0.86m)
  • Mon 18th February

    High 01:18am (3.44m)
    Low 07:33am (0.63m)
    High 01:47pm (3.37m)
    Low 07:49pm (0.67m)
  • Tue 19th February

    High 02:06am (3.65m)
    Low 08:20am (0.45m)
    High 02:34pm (3.51m)
    Low 08:34pm (0.53m)
  • Wed 20th February

    High 02:52am (3.79m)
    Low 09:05am (0.35m)
    High 03:19pm (3.58m)
    Low 09:18pm (0.47m)

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