Algarve, the southernmost part of Portugal, excels with many beautiful beaches. Here is a list that might get you to turn your nose out to this part of Europe next time you grab your backpack.
There is a wealth of beaches and the list would be endless. Therefore, here is a selection of some of them.
Notice that the word “Praia” is Portuguese and means “Beach”
Is the place where you can amuse yourself with studying the many wind surfers and surfers dancing on the waves. The beach overlooking the Baia Lagos and has a selection of bars where you can quench your thirst.
Praia da Armona
To come to Praia da Armona, it requires usually a ferry from Olhão, which takes about half an hour. The ferries are quite frequently so it is relatively easy to get back and forth. There are not so many visitors.
Praia da Arrifana
Praia de Arrifana located on the west coast of the Algarve and attracts surfers and many mobile homes. Reasonably safe place to swim. A special place with an amazing view. We can recommend the beach outside the season.
Praia de Barril
An extension of Praia Ilha de Tavira, but the beach is exciting to arrive because you are going to go on a narrow pontoon bridge. You can either choose to take minaturetrain or go along the path down there.
Here are opportunities for cafés, restaurants, shops and toilets.
Praia da Bordeira
A long sandy beach with many dunes and off-season almost deserted.
Praia da Falesia
This beach gets its name from the fascinating red cliffs that form the basis for the endless stretches of sand. The rocks are not as high as you can easily get there. The beach is west of Vilamoura.
Praia da Gale
A long sandy beach with no rocks. Have location west of Albufeira and runs around the bay Pera to town.
Praia da Rocha
This is probably the oldest and most famous beach in the Algarve. It’s located south of Portimão, and was originally much shorter in width and with more charm. It has over time been extended with more sand that was pumped up during purification of Portimao Harbour.
Praia de Alvor
Have location outside the popular fishing village of Alvor. It extends over 2 km. from the village to the west towards Lagos.
Praia de Garrão
The beach has its front against the chic holiday resort area, better known as Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo. It is easy to get to from the highway and is known for its beach restaurants – called “Julia”.
Praia da Ilha de Faro
The beach is long and narrow and there is access to the just south of the airport in Faro. Due. that it is so close to the main city in the Algarve is normally very busy and there are many kinds of water sports and restaurants.
Praia do Castelejo
One of the few beaches on the west coast where it is safer to swim. The beach is located north-west of the small town of Vila do Bispo. It is one of the smaller beaches and has a different atmosphere than those found on the southern coast.
Praia do Martinhal
The beach is located in the bay Baleeira near Sagres. A windsurfer’s paradise. Recommended if you are in the area around Sagres.
Praia Ilha de Tavira
For some, this crown jewel on the east side of Faro. Local beach is also known as Praia das Cascas. A few minutes’ boat ride from the pier at Tavira takes visitors over to the attractive beach. For visitors with naturist tendencies there are reserved an area which is about. 1 km. walk to the west end of the beach.
The beach is west of Monte Gordo and extends westwards towards Tavira. It takes its name from the line of trees and shrubs, located on the landward side of the broad endless beach. It is ideal and suitable for most families.
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