Located in Southern Portugal, Algarve is known for its golden beaches and breathtaking cliffs along the alluring coast that seems to be conquering many tourists from all around the world. If you are looking for the perfect coastal destination for your sun, sea, and sand fix this Summer, Warm Rental highly recommends the Algarve, whether you want to stay in popular cities such as Albufeira or prefer a more quiet village such Tavira. Find below 9 seaside destinations in Algarve to add to your bucket list!
Lagoa is mainly known for the incredible Benagil Sea Cave located in Praia de Benagil. But it’s quite tricky to get there, you only have two options: book a tour and discover some of the most impressive rock formations with a guide or rent a kayak for just a quick visit to this one in specific.
Albufeira is probably the most popular city in the Algarve, featuring one of the largest beaches in the region. However, one of the most beautiful ones has to be Praia de São Rafael thanks to its soft golden sand, clear waters, and breathtaking cliffs from where you can appreciate the amazing view from up above. Albufeira is also known for being the region’s party center with lots of restaurants and bars where you can relax and have fun after a day in the sun.
Portimão is another popular town in the Algarve, well-known for the incredible Praia da Rocha and Praia dos Três Castelos, both bounded by the characteristic rocks of the region. If you’re ever in Portimão, make sure to walk along the extensive beach to fully appreciate its beauty. But if you want a break from the beach, head to Serra de Monchique and explore the green landscape.
If you want to escape the business of Albufeira or Portimão and have a more relaxed holiday, then you need to book a trip to this beautiful fishing village. One of Ferragudo’s landmarks is the medieval Fort of São João de Arade that used to be the area’s “watchtower” back in the day.
With a unique character and a charming feel, Tavira is another great coastal destination if you want to avoid the crowds in the most popular cities. This small town has a Roman bridge and a medieval castle where you can learn about the region’s Moorish occupation. Also, make sure to visit the small island of Tavira while you’re there. It’s the perfect mix between a beach and a cultural destination.
Because it is located near Alentejo, in the Vicentine Coast, Aljezur offers a different view to the typical beaches from the South of Portugal. In this quiet village, you will find beautiful whitewashed houses and cobbled streets, as well as the remains of a Moorish castle worth discovering.
Lagos is a popular choice for those looking for some of the most beautiful beaches and rugged cliffs in the Algarve. Two beaches you must discover are Praia do Camilo where a wooden staircase leads you down to the beautiful beach; and Ponta da Piedade, one of the most stunning landmarks in Lagos. The view from the top is incredible!
Sagres is where Europe’s southwesternmost point is located: Cabo de São Vicente, where you’ll be able to take incredible photos of the infinite ocean. While you’re in Sagres, make sure to visit Fortaleza de Sagres, you won’t regret it.
Vilamoura is the place to be if you’re looking for a sophisticated holiday in the sunny Algarve. Centered around its well-known marina, the town offers world-class hotels, fine restaurants and bars, and excellent golf courses.
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