Both the Restaurant and beach at Maria’s are ideally situated and reachable by a tarmac road with car parking spaces right in front of the restaurant and beach. The sand is a simple stroll across a flat wooden pathway (our beach is set up for wheelchair access and is also ideal for families with young children). Please note from June to October the parking nearest to the beach is pay and display (via the local council). There are still plenty of car park spaces where you do not have to pay. There is an area by the beach access for drop offs for Taxis & general unloading for your convenience.
Sunbeds and Shades
Unlike most other beaches in the area, the owners also control and manage the beach concession and offer sun beds and shades for your comfort (prices vary). Official months for opening are from 1st May to end October however we usually open earlier and close later if the weather permits. Unfortunately we are unable to take bookings for sun beds.
Maria’s beach hut serves ice creams, crisps, snacks, coffee and soft drinks. Alcoholic beverages can be ordered here and will be delivered from the main restaurant direct to your sun bed.
Toilets are found at the back of the restaurant (including Disabled toilet and baby changing table). Lifeguards work on our beach in high season and a coloured flag will alert you to the safety of the sea (yellow, green, red flags).
Garrão Poente, a “Blue Flag” Beach
Maria’s beach area is known as Praia Do Garrão Poente (West) and is one of the best beaches in the Algarve as it is consistently awarded with Blue Flag status. Beaches are awarded the Blue Flag based on compliance with 33 criteria covering Environmental Education and Information, Water Quality, Environmental Management and Safety and Services. The local area is “Parque Natural da Ria Formosa” a heritage protected area of lagoons and wet areas that support the local wildlife population. You will find miles of golden sand dunes and this is why rules for building on the beach are so strict, to respect and maintain our beautiful, natural surroundings.