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 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.