What to visit
The Algarve, Portugal’s beautiful Southern coast, is known for its stunning blue skies, sunshine and breath-taking beaches. We recommend the following beaches:
Located in Lagoa, Praia de Benagil is known as a family beach where one can enjoy an ice-cream and go for a swim in crystal clear waters. There are often boats on the beach and visits to nearby caves. It’s the neighbouring beach to the famous Praia da Marinha with a smaller stretch of sand which was widened in 2014 to give it more space, especially when the tide comes in.
Praia da Marinha is one the most stunning beaches in Portugal and famous for having been considered one of the top 10 finest beaches in Europe and one of the top hundred in the world by the Michelin Guide amongst other awards. It is renowned for its beautiful cliffs and transparent waters.
Praia de Armação de Pêra is a wide stretching sandy beach located in Silves with calm, high quality waters. Its waterfront boulevard offers restaurants for all tastes and plenty of outdoor terraces.
Praia dos Salgados is located in Albufeira, the only humid area in the Algarve which gives it its unique features. Its stretch of sand is located close to a lagoon which is often visited by migratory birds. Visitors are requested to respect nesting areas.
Praia dos Pescadores literally translates as Fishermen’s beach and it is normal to see their tools on the beach. It is located in the urban area of Albufeira and often visited by European tourists during the summer months and known for hosting concerts and parties on New Year’s Eve.
Praia do Túnel, or Tunnel beach, also known as Peneco beach, gets its name from the tunnel that accesses the beach through the cliff where the old city centre of Albufeira lies. This beach can get very busy during peak season.
Praia da Oura is located at Areias de São João, Albufeira. It is a blue flagged beach which vouches for its environmental quality, safety and infrastructures and is a rather large beach, especially at low tide. There is a shopping area close by as well as numerous hotels and aparthotels.
Praia de Santa Eulália, also in Albufeira, is a low cliff beach and has an ample stretch of sand for a small beach. Pretty and clean, it surrounded by the fresh greenness of a pine forest and also known as the Locomia Club beach.
Praia Maria Luísa. This quaint, little beach is popular for walking, windsurfing and water-skiing. Its golden cliffs contrast with the blue skies and sea and it can be reached through Olhos de Água or Balaia Hotel.
Praia da Falésia lies beneath a huge cliff of reddish hue, contrasting beautifully with the green of the pine trees above and the blue sea below. It stretches from Praia do Barranco das Belharucas all the way to Vilamoura and is great for swimming due to the lack of rocks on the sand.