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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 Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira, Albufeira, null
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Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira

4.5 star rating: Recommended 57 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 $44.01
Benagil Caves Tour from Portimao, Portimao, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Benagil Caves Tour from Portimao

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 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: Flexible

From USD $37.72
Ponta de Piedade Grotto Sightseeing Cruise from Lagos, Lagos, Day Cruises
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Ponta de Piedade Grotto Sightseeing Cruise from Lagos

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 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 $25.15
Caves and Coastline Cruise from Albufeira to Benagil, Albufeira, Day Cruises
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Caves and Coastline Cruise from Albufeira to Benagil

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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 $32.69
Half-day Ria Formosa Natural Park Four Islands Boat Cruise from Faro, Faro, Day Cruises
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Half-day Ria Formosa Natural Park Four Islands Boat Cruise from Faro

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Sail through the Ria Formosa Natural Park on this 4.5-hour sightseeing cruise from Faro. Journey through the Ria Formosa channels on a 12-person catamaran and ...  Read more

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

From USD $37.72
Full-Day Algarve Tour by Convertible Cabrio from Portimão, Portimao, Day Cruises
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Full-Day Algarve Tour by Convertible Cabrio from Portimão

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Drive yourself a convertible car through various strategic points in the Algarve, as Lagos, Ponta da Piedade, the West Coast, Praia da Rocha and Alvor. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Portimão, Portugal
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $132.03
Albufeira Dreamer Boat Trip, Albufeira, Full-day Tours
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Albufeira Dreamer Boat Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

On board a 47 seater jet powered vessel you and your family can enjoy moments of fun. The crew has many years of experience so you are guaranteed a ...  Read more

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

From USD $44.01
Algarve Coastline Tour from Portimao, Portimao, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Algarve Coastline Tour from Portimao

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

The best way to discover the Algarve. Algarve coast line tour, stop in 5 locations, from beautiful scenery and points of interest and history.

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

From USD $62.87
2-hour Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade Caves and Beaches, Lagos, Full-day Tours
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2-hour Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade Caves and Beaches

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 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 $37.72
Dolphin Watching and Cave Boat Cruise from Albufeira, Albufeira, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Dolphin Watching and Cave Boat Cruise from Albufeira

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Departing from Albufeira Marina, this 2 hour activity will take you in a journey to see these wonderful creatures in their natural environment, a few miles ...  Read more

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

From USD $37.60

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