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Top Beaches on the Algarve

By Viator, January 2018

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Nestled on the sun-soaked southern shores of Portugal, the Algarve is a haven of hidden coves, beachside bars, and exciting water sports. Around Albufeira, Aljezur, Portimao, and Lagos, here are a few of the top beaches on the Algarve for sun-seekers and adventure-lovers alike.

Praia da Marinha (Marinha Beach)
Tucked in between Armacao de Pera and Carvoeiro, Praia da Marinha is widely considered among the best beaches in Europe. Rocky outcrops soar skyward from the emerald-blue waters and soft sands stretch along the base of the rugged cliffs. The clear and calm waters of Marinha Beach make it an ideal snorkeling spot.

Praia Dona Ana (Dona Ana Beach)
Located near Lagos, Praia Dona Ana surely ranks among the prettiest in Portugal. It’s surrounded by colorful cliffs, with calm waters and golden sands—an ideal spot for families to relax in the sunshine. Good hiking routes can also be found along the cliff tops, with spectacular coastal views.

Meia Praia
Meia Praia is the Lagos region’s largest beach—yet despite its size, it retains a relaxed charm all of its own. Grassy banks give way to soft sand, and the gently shelving shoreline is ideal for swimming in safety. Even in the height of the Algarve tourist season, you’ll still find a spot on the sand to call your own here.

Praia Batata (Batata Beach)
Tucked beneath the mighty stone walls of 17th-century Bandeira Fort, Praia Batata sits within easy walking distance of Lagos. Batata is great for kayaking because there are no strong currents, though the water is not as clear as it is farther along the coast.

Praia do Camilo (Camilo Beach)
Access Praia do Camilo via a sweeping set of steps that lead down the cliff face—and although it’s a long walk, the views make it more than worthwhile. At Praia do Camilo you can explore two beaches in one, because a tunnel in the rock links two stretches of sand. With crystal-clear waters and plenty of marine life, it’s a popular swimming and snorkeling spot—and as such, it gets crowded in peak season.

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Caves and Coastline Cruise from Albufeira to Benagil, Albufeira, null
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Caves and Coastline Cruise from Albufeira to Benagil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy a 3-hour cruise along the Algarve coastline, from Albufeira to Benagil, on a modern and fully equipped catamaran. Visit the sea caves including the world ...  Read more

Location: Albufeira, Portugal
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.62
2-hour Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade Caves and Beaches, Lagos, Day Cruises
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2-hour Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade Caves and Beaches

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Take this exciting kayak guided tour to see such famous beaches of Meia Praia, Batata, D.Ana, and Camilo and through the caves of Ponta da Piedade. Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Lagos, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.33
Ponta de Piedade Grotto Sightseeing Cruise from Lagos, Lagos, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Ponta de Piedade Grotto Sightseeing Cruise from Lagos

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Take part in a one hour and fifteen minute sightseeing cruise to the grottoes of Ponta De Piedade in any number of the regular trips departing daily from ...  Read more

Location: Lagos, Portugal
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.55
Half-Day Lagos Golden Coast Cruise with Lunch, Lagos, Day Cruises
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Half-Day Lagos Golden Coast Cruise with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Take advantage of a beautiful 4-hour cruise along the amazing coastline of the Western Algarve. Experience and witness the spectacular rock formations and ...  Read more

Location: Lagos, Portugal
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.46
Half-day Ria Formosa Natural Park Four Islands Boat Cruise from Faro, Faro, Catamaran Cruises
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Half-day Ria Formosa Natural Park Four Islands Boat Cruise from Faro

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Sail through the Ria Formosa Natural Park on this 4.5-hour (ftom May to September at 9:30 it's 5 hours and a half) sightseeing cruise from Faro. Journey ...  Read more

Location: Faro, Portugal
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $41.22
Benagil Caves Tour from Portimao, Portimao, Day Cruises
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Benagil Caves Tour from Portimao

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

Embark on a small boat and enjoy this tour, where we will take you as close as possible to the caves. Marvel at these beautiful nature formations off Portimao. ...  Read more

Location: Portimão, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.33
Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira, Albufeira, Day Cruises
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Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira

4.5 star rating: Recommended 59 Reviews

Your Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise begins at the new marina of Albufeira where you will board the boat "Insonia". Cruise along the Algarve ...  Read more

Location: Albufeira, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.22
Dolphin Watching and Caves Cruise, Albufeira, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin Watching and Caves Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy a 2.5-hour tour along the Algarve coast, between the Albufeira Marina and Carvoeiro Beach and have the opportunity to get to know the Algarve from the ...  Read more

Location: Albufeira, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.33
Half-Day Algarve Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira with Beach BBQ Lunch, Albufeira, Dolphin & ... 
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Half-Day Algarve Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira with Beach BBQ Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Watch Dolphins in their natural habitat, cruise along the coastline, visit sea caves and more on this 5-hour tour. After working up an appetite, disembark onto ...  Read more

Location: Albufeira, Portugal
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.66
Ponta da Piedade Kayak Tour from Lagos, Lagos, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Ponta da Piedade Kayak Tour from Lagos

Board our catamaran in Lagos Marina to be transported to the fabulous area of Ponta da Piedade to kayak on this 2-hour guided tour. Enjoy soaking up the sights ...  Read more

Location: Lagos, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $41.22

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