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‘Smugglers beach’

Loved it here. Not only was the beach stunning but it also seemed to be teeming with history. There... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Manchester, United Kingdom
via mobile
Bring water

Really pretty and the walk from nearby resorts is well worth it: there is parking nearby if you... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hannah P
London, England, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“car park”(12 reviews)
“the cliff”(22 reviews)
“uneven steps”(3 reviews)
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved it here. Not only was the beach stunning but it also seemed to be teeming with history. There were smugglers caves to get down there and what seemed to be a lookout spot too to explore. In December this place felt like a private...More

Thank manc_emm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really pretty and the walk from nearby resorts is well worth it: there is parking nearby if you must use the car. Just remember to bring water and wear plenty of sunscreen.

Thank Hannah P
Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

Lovely place and a peaceful place to just relax Was not busy when we were there. Good few stairs to get there or take the mountain trail. Well worth taking the long way. From there you can walk in either direction.

Thank Barryfitz2014
Reviewed October 15, 2018

From the parking lot you follow the signs and go down a lot of stairs. There are several points of lookout that can be accessed by dirt walking paths. At the bottom of the stairs you will come to a tunnel in the rocks that...More

Thank Carrie M
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

An amazing place. Restaurants literally 5star. Beach pretty average. The whole place has such an amazing atmosphere, with a reasonable amount of night life but not too full on.

Thank Tonyquattro
Reviewed October 1, 2018

This for us was the best beach that we visited on our holiday. Completely Un-spoilt Steep steps to go down through a hole in the rock which just adds to the awesomeness of this beach! Highly recommend this place.

Thank lukew855
Reviewed September 4, 2018

great easily accessible beach, though the sand is mixed with crushed sea shell. Great water to swim in. Quite shallow then a steep drop. Plenty of cafe shops close by, in fact you are just off the town square. Only disappointing aspect, the rip off...More

1  Thank Frank A
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

It's a bit hard to walk there but it's a great beach. Easy to find a car park. No coffee, restaurant or toilets there, take food and drinks with you. Is a men selling bolas de Berlim there.

1  Thank Tania P
Reviewed August 31, 2018

What a magical place! Accessed from lots of steps from a car park, you go through a tunnel carved into the rock. Some of the steps are almost eroded away and it was pretty scary as they’re so short and sandy. However it’s massively worth...More

Thank MissMagik
Reviewed August 19, 2018

So awkward to access, but the rewards are fantastic. No toilets, bars, restaurants etc, just a beautiful beach

1  Thank Mark K
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August 20, 2018|
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Response from TowniesLeedsLulu | Reviewed this property |
Beach is small and lovely and clean-sand a bit gritty. We didn't swim.
January 30, 2017|
Response from LondonSnow | Reviewed this property |
hi, before you land to the beach, you should see how high or low sea is. it takes few hours for the sea to breath in and out.