Selfie death as British tourist plunges off cliff in Portugal

The pair died after falling from the cliff top at Pescadores Beach in Ericeira Portugal

The pair died after falling from the cliff top at Pescadores Beach in Ericeira Portugal

The couple, a woman in her 30s and man in his 40s, fell more than 30 metres between 1am and 6am on Tuesday morning (local time) from a beach wall in the seaside town of Ericeira, according to local media.

An Australian couple have fallen to their death from a wall overlooking a popular tourist beach in Portugal, apparently losing their balance after taking a selfie.

Their bodies were found by a beach cleaner on Tuesday morning and a cell phone was found at the top of the wall.

Police will also be speaking to witnesses, who said they saw the pair sitting on the wall with their legs facing the beach.

Tributes have begun to flow for the beloved couple, who left Australia in January to travel the world and had attended a friend's wedding in Portugal just weeks earlier.

This isn't the first time tourists have fallen off from the wall.

"It seems that (the victims) might be getting a "selfie", when they let the phone fall, leaned over to grab it and fell", he was quoted as saying.

Local newspaper Correio da Manhã reported that both were Australian nationals but the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was only providing assistance to the family of one Australian who died in Portugal. "Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment", a DFAT spokesperson said.

Cops have sealed off the beach while investigations continue into exactly what happened.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: "We are in touch with local authorities following the death of a British woman in Portugal and are providing support to her family".

The beach is a popular resort with surfers on the south coast of the Algarve.