Dreaming of warmer days? So are we! Pack your bathing suits, grab your sunscreen and go discover these ten Algarve beaches we handpicked for you. The coast of the Algarve in southern Portugal is home to some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches. In this selection, you will not only find some of the most popular ones in the region but also some hidden gems whose beauty is sure to blow you away. Ready to soak up the sea breeze in some of the best beaches in Algarve?
Praia da Falésia
Featuring more than 6 km of golden sand, Praia da Falésia stretches from Vilamoura to Olhos de Água. This popular beach is known for its orange sandy cliffs that contrast with the green pine trees on the top. Here you can do all sorts of water sports, including surf and paragliding.
Praia de São Rafael
Thanks to its undeniable beauty and small size, Praia de São Rafael, located in Albufeira, can be quite crowded during Summer. Surrounded by cliffs in peculiar shapes, this beach is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling.
Praia da Rocha
One of the most touristic Algarve beaches is Praia da Rocha, in Portimão. If you’re coming to the Algarve in the Summer months, be prepared for crowds at this beach. Nevertheless, it is worth discovering. And as it has a lot of restaurants and bars, it is the perfect place for a walk at night.
Praia da Dona Ana
Located in Lagos, Praia da Dona Ana is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You can access it through a stairway that leads you to a gorgeous beach with golden sand and calm waters.
Praia do Camilo
Near Praia da Dona Ana, you will find Praia do Camilo. Again, you can access it through a stairway but, before you go down, take the time to appreciate the breathtaking view of one of the top contenders of most beautiful beach in the Algarve.
Praia de Albandeira
If you’re looking for a more quiet beach, then you have to visit Praia de Albandeira. Loved by locals for its wonderful swimming conditions and incredible rock formations, this tiny beach located in Carvoeiro, is off the tourist radar.
Praia da Marinha
Yet another stunning beach in the Algarve, Praia da Marinha features impressive rock formations worth discovering. Near Marinha beach, you can find the famous pit cave named Benagil, as well as other amazing caves, so book a tour to witness its natural beauty.
Praia de Odeceixe
Near Alentejo, you will find Praia de Odeceixe, a stunning beach where the Seixe river and the Atlantic Ocean connect. Don’t miss the opportunity of taking a hike on the trails along the cliffs facing the ocean where you can appreciate the beauty of the region.
Praia do Martinhal
Contrasting with most of the Algarve beaches in this selection, Praia do Martinhal features a low-lying dune landscape. Located near Sagres, it has a wide range of water sports you can play, as well as restaurants and bars, making it the perfect beach for families.
Praia do Amado
Praia do Amado is Portugal’s premier surfing beach. It is the perfect spot for both beginners and advanced surfers, and you can even rent your own material there. And just like most beaches in the Algarve, it features impressive rock formations.
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