Praia de Monte Gordo, Isla Canela is a fantastic beach. Located just a little bit further down from Praia de Santo Antonio, in Vila Real, the waters are some of the warmest in the Algarve because of the short distance to Spain and the Mediterranean Sea. The sand is almost white in the sunlight, it is soft and clean and there is lots of it. Monte Gordo really is an excellent introduction to the beach life of the Algarve.
It is a large flat beach that attracts residents and happy holidaymakers all year round although notably the out of season beach goers tend to be locals because many tourists have still not yet realised the beauty of the Algarve in autumn and winter months.
The great thing about this beach is that it is easy to get to and there are plenty of amenities on and nearby the beach. The main road into Monte Gordo runs behind the beach and there is a big free car park just behind the main part of the beach. It offers easy disabled access from the car park, across the width of the palm-lined promenade and the beach is there, at the same ground level. For refreshments throughout the day visitors are spoilt for choice, with over 10 bar-restaurants actually on the beach and the road behind the beach is literally lined with cafes, bars and restaurants.
The beach is supervised during the summer season and is classed as an accessible beach.
Monte Gordo is the Algarve’s closest resort to the Spanish border. As such it attracts a mix of Portuguese, Spanish and international visitors drawn by the expansive golden sand beaches and the casino.