The Best Beaches on the Algarve

By Viator, November 2013

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Right down on the south coast, the Algarve is Portugal’s foremost holiday destination; here heat-starved visitors from northern Europe come to get their annual dose of summer sun. There are hundreds of fine sandy beaches strung like yellow beads along the 125-mile (200 km) coastline and amazingly, still one or two spots where you might just find yourselves alone.


Lifeguards are always on duty at Praia do Anção, adjacent to Quinta do Lago. Calm waters and blue-flag status plus sunbeds for rent, boats for hire and a great fish restaurant make this beach ideal for families.

Despite its location in Lagos, Meia Praia is never overcrowded and is also guarded, offering sun loungers for hire and shallow, calm water for safe bathing; there are plenty of beach huts selling ice creams and restaurants for casual family lunches.


Play volleyball and soccer, or surf and windsurf at Praia do Martinhal near Sagres – there’s a surf school for novices. Praia do Armado at Carrapateira on the exposed western Algarve is the premier beach for expert surfers and body boarders; with strong winds it’s the venue for many surfing competitions.

Praia da Marinha near Lagoa has clear, calm seas that make it a perfect snorkeling spot. Boats also depart from here to tour the spectacular limestone caves and rock formations along the coastline.


If you like your beach with panoramic views, head for Praia do Camilo near Lagos, where the rocks of the Costa d’Oiro (Golden Coast) rise 70 ft (21 m) out of the sea.

On the western Algarve, Praia de Odeceixe has won awards for its setting, with the River Seixe meandering across the sand and storks nesting in the cliffs.


Guarded by steep cliffs, the tiny crescent of sand in a rocky cove at Praia de Albandeira has no facilities and is often completely deserted; the sea is calm and ideal for swimming.

Another hot tip for solitude freaks is Praia João Vaz near Sagres, tucked away at the end of an unmade track at Raposeira; here your only company will be the tinkling of sheep’s bells among the pines above the beach.

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