The most beautiful of south Portugal, Algarve region, will impress you with its seemingly endless coastline, spectacular stretches of sand, and clear, turquoise waters. Algarve beaches are some of the finest and most visited beaches in Europe that will definitely take your breath away.
To help you plan out your next Algarve holiday, we selected a list of the 7 most beautiful Algarve beaches you must visit during your stay:
1. Praia de Dona Ana
Thanks to its colourful cliffs, limestone rocks, and orange sand Dona Ana is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque Algarve beaches. It is located near the town of Logos and is about 160m long. You can reach it by walking down the 96 stairs.
Being here is always pleasant because this beach is well protected by the high cliffs from the sun and the wind. So, it is a real paradise for relaxing and swimming since there are not many waves. Moreover, you can go snorkelling and enjoy the big variety of underwater flora and fauna. During the summer the water can be a bit cold, so you will need some time to get used to the temperature.
Other sports activities are also available, such as kayaking and boat riding. Your children will have lots of fun collecting seashells.
Here you will find sunbeds and umbrellas, parking lot, and a kiosk where you can buy some snacks and drinks. There are also cafes at the top of the cliffs where you can enjoy the view of breathtaking sunsets.
Dona Ana is easily accessible. However, if you are coming by car, bear in mind that there are only about 70 parking spaces. So, if you want to find a place to park, you have to come earlier in the morning. Or, you can take a bus from central Lagos, get a taxi, or simply walk.
2. Praia da Falesia
Situated between Vilamoura and Albufeira, Praia da Falesia is one of the longest and most fantastic Algarve beaches. It offers over 6 kilometres of picturesque cliffs and golden sand perfect for those who love to spend their lazy summer days sunbathing.
Tourists visit it all year round. However, although it is very busy during summer time, you can always find a good spot to hide from the hot sun thanks to its length.
Here you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas, and there are also restaurants and bars where you can sit and have a refreshing drink. Many watersports also take place at this stunning beach including paragliding, surfing, and diving.
Visit the part of the beach that is close to Vilamoura, and you will find shallow waters, great for families with children.
Falesia beach is easily accessible, and except by car, you can also use public transport to get there as well.
3. Praia do Camilo
When talking about Algarve beaches, Praia do Camilo is worth mentioning. Compared to the other beaches it is smaller but also quieter. So, if you are looking for tranquillity, then this is the right place to be.
It is situated next to Praia de Dona Ana and you can access it by walking down the staircase. This lovely beach is divided into two parts by a short tunnel. Here the view is breathtaking, and children will love playing around. The waters are also very clear and shallow, great for snorkelling and exploring the underwater world.
There are not any beach amenities nor markets but only a nice restaurant nearby. So, we would advise you to take an umbrella and some water with you.
4. Praia da Arrifana
You will find Praia da Arrifana on the southwest of the town of Aljezur. It is a long sandy beach and one of the Algarve beaches that are famous for surfing. So, if you like surfing, there are several surfing schools in the area where you can rent a surfing board and even learn how to surf.
Praia da Arrifana is surrounded by high cliffs that protect it from the wind. The beach is really suitable for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing. On top of the cliffs, there are also some nice restaurants with stunning views where you can try some delicious dishes.
5. Praia da Marinha
Praia da Marinha is located in Caramujeira, Lagoa Municipality, and is one of the most popular Algarve beaches. It is not easily accessible since it is far from the bigger towns. So, renting a car or getting a taxi is probably the best option. Moreover, on this beach, you will not find any amenities, so it is best if you take some food, water, and an umbrella with you.
Despite that, Praia da Marinha is totally worth visiting since it offers perfect sand, picturesque limestone rocks, and turquoise seas. This is one of the best beaches to go snorkelling because the waters are crystal clear and full of different and fauna including octopus. However, if you enjoy observing the underwater world, make sure you bring equipment with you because there is nowhere you can rent it.
Here you can also go scuba diving or go on a boat cruise, explore the stunning caves nearby, and make some unforgettable memories.
6. Praia do Carvalho
Praia do Carvalho is a fantastic beach near Lagoa surrounded by steep cliffs. Its crystal clear waters, breathtaking scenery, and golden, soft sand make it suitable for families, romantic couples, and solo travellers.
It is a small, quiet beach and the good thing is that it never gets too crowded. So, if you want to escape from the noise, this is the beach you want to visit. Here you can go snorkelling, jump from the rock formations into the water and have lots of fun.
The very interesting part of getting to this beach is that you need to pass a man-made tunnel in the rocks. Here you can see some fossils which add to the uniqueness of this beach.
7. Praia da Rocha
Last on our list of the best Algarve beaches is Praia da Rocha. It is one of the finest beaches with soft golden sand and spectacular rock formations in the area.
If you are into sports, then you will fall in love with this beach. Thanks to the good waves, some watersports are available, such as jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing, and surfing.
This is one of the liveliest parts of Algarve, so you will also find numerous restaurants and bars. If you are into entertainment and fun, you should definitely visit this beach.
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Algarve beaches are among the most popular and most beautiful beaches in Europe and worldwide. They offer crystal clear and turquoise waters, soft sand, impressive cliffs and rock formations.
No matter if you are a solo traveller, or if you travel with your friends, family or partner, Algarve beaches will satisfy all your senses.
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