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Sea shell hunting in the Algarve

Rochester, NY
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Sea shell hunting in the Algarve

Does anyone know where to find sea shells in the Algarve? We are staying in Lagos but have a car and can get around if any of the beaches are especially known as a good spot for shelling. Thanks!

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1. Re: Sea shell hunting in the Algarve

A couple of years ago we picked up a big bag full from the beach in Alvor [ just along from lagos ] . We were down there quite early so probably a lot to choose from . I would imagine most of the beaches would be the same .

Albufeira, Portugal
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2. Re: Sea shell hunting in the Algarve

Come to the beach in Albufeira!

A couple of years ago a huge project took place to widen the beach and make it higher to better protect the cliffs from erosion and the town from the sea. They dredged millions of cubic metres of sand from a spot on the seabed a couple of miles out to sea and it was FULL of shells, some up to 8" across. All that was sprayed onto the existing shoreline.

Over the couple of years since, a lot have been washed away or broken or buried but there are still big piles of them by the cliffs and they can be found quite easily in some other areas.

Lots of Albufeira beach pictures here


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We usually go to Lagos at Easter and I get up early to get down the beaches to go shelling sometimes. Seems to depend on weather or tides or something but it varies what I find!!! However I have found some lovely shells and also collect large cockle-type shells which I fill up with smaller shells or small pebbles of one or other colour. Sorry to sound sad!!! Also I have noticed that whatever time I go shelling..........someone is always ahead of me!!! Have fun!!! Save some for me!!!

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Alvor beach is good but the islands by the airport are great for shells. A good way to kill a few hours before your flight home.

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plenty of shell on meia praia, not huge ones but we always bring some back and put the in a glass tube vase filled with water

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