Algarve Beaches are considered the best in Southern Europe. Long stretches of soft, golden sand, cliffs and coves surrounded by awesome green vegetation is what makes this area of Portugal so desirable for tourist from Europe and all over the world.
Map of the Algarve Portugal and its beaches
Algarve Portugal is an area covering the south of the country on the Atlantic Ocean. This 200 Km shoreline enjoys a Mediterranean weather year round with temperatures ranging from 15º C in winter through to 30º C in summer.
For the sake of choosing a few of the best, I have divided them into three regions, Western Algarve, Central Algarve and Eastern Algarve.
Meia Praia in Algarve is great for surfers
Western Algarve Beaches
Beaches located between Sagres and Portimão
Meia Praia, Lagos
It means Half Beach in Portuguese. It faces the open Bay of Lagos and is a great beach for surfers and windsurfers alike. The other “half” is Alvor a little shorter than Meia.
This beach is popular with families, walkers and at the eastern end there is an area for naturists.
There are plenty bars and restaurants to choose from and access is an easy walk from the various parking areas, across the train tracks that run into Lagos town.
Praia da Rocha in Algarve is one of the favorites
Praia da Rocha, Portimão
It is becoming more and more popular as the time goes by. This 1 Km long beach is protected by cliffs.
It was recently redeveloped and has now a few boardwalks running almost the entire beach. It features many hotels, outdoor cafes, bars and restaurants and even some nightclubs and casinos.
All this together makes this beach one of the favorites.
Praia do Vau in Algarve Portugal
Praia do Vau
Located between Alvor and Praia da Rocha, is this horseshoe form beach. When the tide is low you may walk all the way to Praia da Rocha along a few coves.
To the west is Praia do Alemão a great stretch of beach that will lead you to the rock formations of Prainha (Little Beach).
For those suffering from arthritis and many skin conditions this beach features the yellow clay called argila, said to be helpful for these ailments.
Igreja da Luz an ancient church near Praia da Luz
Praia da Luz, Lagos
This beach is located near a small seaport resort with paved avenues lined with palm trees. There is a fortress originally built to protect the local church (Igreja da Luz) from the attacks of the Moors.
Praia do Burgau, Vila do Bispo
This beach is part of the village of Burgau next to the Natural Park of Alentejo and the Costa Vicentina.
Martinhal in Algarve is popular among surfers and divers
Praia do Martinhal, Vila do Bispo
Praia do Martinhal is located in the Bay of Baleira near Sagres. It is a shallow beach next to Ponta de Atalaia. The water is calm and fairly windy. It is excellent for windsurfing and scuba diving.
Here you may find boats taking the visitors of day trips to the small rocky inlets and underwater grottoes. There is a classic beach restaurant with views across to the BayPraia do Amado
This beach is known by surfers as one of theirs. It is natural and underdeveloped. For years only surfers came to this beach, but now is becoming more popular.
Due to its location on the west coast, the temperature of the water is lower than those of the south coast and the currents are stronger, so please take your precautions.
Praia da Bordeira, Aljezur
Praia dos Três Irmãos
Golden sands of Praia de Falesia near Faro, Portugal
Central Algarve Beaches
Beaches located between Lagoa and Faro Portugal.
Praia da Falésia Beach, Albufeira
This beach takes its name from the gouged red cliffs on the background. It is a long stretch of sand. While the cliffs are not so high, they make a suitable barrier to the winds from the north.
It is located west of Vilamoura before reaching Olhos de Água.
The Island of Faro located south of the city of Faro
Ilha de Faro Beach
Located south of Faro Airport, the most important town of the Algarve, this long beach offers many water sports facilities and a few restaurants
During the summer, it is possible to travel to the beach by boat from Faro, leaving from Cais da Porta do Sol.
On one side of the island are the Atlantic Ocean and miles and miles of clear sands. The other side is much calmer and full of Marine Life and wildlife of the Ria Formosa Natural Park.
Praia da Galé centrally located of the Algarve Beaches
Praia da Galé, Albufeira
Praia da Galé is a centrally located of the Algarve Beaches near Albufeira. It is popular with families during the summer months due to the many rock pool special for the children.
Praia da Marinha
This is a popular beach among photographers for its double arch formations off the shore. It is accessed by a set of steep steps. It is also popular with divers and snorkelers as the water is crystal clear
Ferry taking passengers from Tavira to the Island of Tavira
Eastern Algarve Beaches
Beaches between Vila Real de Santo António and
lha de Tavira Beach
This Blue Flag Beach is an island considered the best of the best of Eastern Algarve. It is sometime called Praia das Cascas by locals. You may reach this attractive sand bar from the town of Tavira. The journey itself is quite an experience
It is great for swimming since the water get warmer as you move east. The sea views are awe inspiring across the Ria Formosa Natural Park.
Praia do Barril, Tavira
This beach is actually an extension of Ilha de Tavira. It is one of the most picturesque beaches of the area and is easily accessed from the villages of Santa Luzia and Pedras del Rey.
You may go by a small train from the village into the sandy island. To the west there is a small naturist section called Praia do Homen Nú meaning the beach of the Naked Man.
For more information visit Portugal Tourism Website
Praia Verde or Green Beach in the Algarve Portugal
Praia Verde, Vila Real de Santo António
It is located west of Monte Gordo and stretches all the way to the town of Tavira. Meaning in English Green Beach it takes its name from the green vegetation surrounding this broad and large beach. It is perfect for families with small children.
Praia da Armona, Olhão
These are three islands called Armona, Culatra and Farol forming the Reserve of Ria Formosa. You may reach them by ferry boat leaving from the port of Olhão.
Once you arrive in one of the islands after a 30 minute ride you’ll be one of the few human visitors.
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meia by botello
da rocha by jose a
do vau by aires almeida
da luz by jarp 32
tres irmaos n/a
falesia by GFDL
ilha de faro n/a
gale by filipe rocha
tavira boat by osvaldo gago
ptaia verde by paula machado
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