On the coast of Southern Portugal is a beach haven called Algarve. It is one of most visited parts of Portugal because of the beaches in Algarve all the pristine stretches of sand and beautiful waters. Pair that with locals who speak English quite well, very safe surroundings and relatively cheap prices on most things to do in Algarve. And you got yourself a tourist paradise. In fact, the region received up to 7.1 million tourists in 2017. The beauty of the region’s coastal spots is undeniable.
We will let you know our 14 favorite beaches in Algarve in this blog post. We went two times last summer because we loved it. The best way to travel around is a road trip around Algarve.
Read here how to get from Faro airport to city center, Faro airport to Albufeira, Faro airport to Lagos, our 10 Most instagrammable places in Portugal and Instagrammable places in Algarve and Road trip to Algarve!
How to get to Algarve
How to get to Algarve by plane
You can reach Algarve through international flights headed to Faro Airport. You can use airlines like TAP Portugal, Wizz Air and EasyJet when going to Faro. You can then reach the bus and train terminal from the airport on a taxi if you wish to explore Algarve beyond the municipality of Faro. You can always check SkyScanner to see the cheapest rates for your trip to Algarve.
Best time to visit Algarve
Algarve has a Mediterranean climate so the coastal region experiences lengthy and lovely summers and very mild winters. This makes Algarve pretty much a year-round destination. The region boasts of having the best climate in Portugal, but if you want to experience the Portuguese cost at its warmest, the best time to visit Algarve are from July to September.
However, you might want to avoid traveling in August since the summer holidays are the busiest and most expensive time to travel to Algarve. There are many things to do in Algarve even off season!
Beaches in Algarve
West Beaches in Algarve
1. Praia da Falesia
One of the many long beaches in Algarve is Praia da Falesia, with shores stretching from Olhos de Água in the east and the beautiful Vilamoura in the west. It is another stunning beach with a truly great vibe, with its wooden steps leading to and from various places in the area. Praia da Falesia can also be reached from the Pine Cliffs resort through a glass lift that takes you to the boardwalk.
It’s one of our favorite beaches for relaxing and is not as accessible as other beaches so there’s always enough space for you to read, swim, sunbathe, surf and just chill.
2. Praia do Camilo
If you’re visiting Lagos, one of the best places to visit in Algarve would be Praia do Camilo. It is a paradise that can be reached by descending through the long, wooden stairs and is well worth the effort. Praia do Camilo is made of two beaches connected to each other by an artificial tunnel. The water is exceptionally pure and is a great place for snorkeling. It is one of the smaller beaches in the region so its best to visit during low tide so you can have plenty of space to sunbathe on.
We really loved Praia do Camilo because the water was so clean and crystal clear. Plus, the views were truly incredible. If you go on weekends and high season , you can expect the peach to be crowded.
3. Praia Dona Ana
It’s located just a few meters walking distance from Praia do Camilo and Ponte du Piedade. It’s more clam than the others and it has easy access. The part on the left side is usually crowdy but on the right side with the big limestones is so quiet and relax for spending your day.
Travel Tip: If it’s not crowded you can park the car next to it! Also you can go walking to Praia do Camilo and even Ponte du Piedade which is only little bit farther.
4. Praia da Rocha
Those who love admiring breathtaking coastal views on a cliff would also enjoy doing so at Praia da Rocha, a beautiful beach in Portimao that’s busy with lots of shops, restaurants and bars. It is a vast beach that attracts many tourists all over the world with its beautiful waters and fine sand. From here, you can also visit the narrower yet quieter beaches of Praia dos Tres Castelos and Praia do Vau.
5. Praia dos Tres Irmaos
This is our favorite beach in Algarve and it’s located just a few kilometers from Lagos. There are several beaches here that you can access under the caves. The sunset along with the low tide was so beautiful and if you go to the far end of the beach, you will enjoy tranquility and even more space. The water is a clear blue, and if you go up the cliff, the views are really breathtaking.
Travel tip: It’s best to visit this beach before or during the sunset!
6. Praia de Benagil
This location can be found in a small town in the municipality of Lagoa. The views from the cliffs here are, as always, amazing. Praia de Benagil is a small area and is close to Praia da Marinha. You can take tours to see the caves during the day. Prices for the tours are €15 for 30 minutes, €25 for 1 hour and 15 minutes and €300 for a private tour.
Travel tip: To see the caves better, you should visit late in the afternoon and catch the low tide.
7. Praia dos Pescadores
Fisherman’s Beach is a blue flag beach on the Atlantic south coast of Algarve. It’s is a must-visit beach in Albufeira especially when you are staying in Albufeira’s old town. You can go on for a short walk and you’ll be able to see it’s beautiful golden sand and the cool ocean water. On your stay, you’ll feel at home, locals are friendly and there are plenty of beach restaurants and water sports activities available.
8. Olhos de Agua
A small fisherman’s village located in the municipality of Albufeira, Portugal. It is one of the beaches that is great for families because of its direct access from the village and offers variety of services. It is a beautiful beach, and in the low tide, you can watch its famous natural springs coming out of the sand known by the locals as “Olhos de Agua” (water eyes).
Travel tip: Olhos de Agua beach is magical to visit at sunset time.
9. Praia do Barranco das Belharucas
It begins in the Falesia Beach that extends for 7 km to Vilamoura. It is an unspoiled beach far away from the village beaches. It is a perfect beach for those travelers who want to get away from the crowd and a perfect get away for couples fancying romantic walk. It has road access from Olhos de Agua and there is an available beach restaurant for lunch or snack for visitors.
10. Ponta da Piedade
One of the most breathtaking places in Lagos is Ponta da Piedade, a viewpoint that offers dramatic views of the sea. From here, you can even see Sagres to the West and Carvoeiro to the east. Apart from the cliffs, there are natural tunnels, grottos and pillars here too. You can go on a boat tour to explore the formations and sea caves of Ponta da Piedade.
Travel tip: If you go first thing in the morning, you will avoid the influx of tourists that are arriving all day as part of a tour package. It is so much better to visit the site when it’s empty.
North West Beaches in Algarve
11. Praia da Amoreira
Located in North West Algarve in the municipality of Aljezur is Praia Da Amoreira, a highly-recommended beach for tourists who enjoy vast beaches with thrilling waves. Praia Da Amoreira is where the Aljezur River meets the sea and is protected by the Vicentine Coast Natural Park. There’s plenty of good food sold at reasonable prices on this beach.
12. Praia da Arrifana
Another outstanding beach in Aljezur is Praia da Arrifana, a popular spot for surfers. Arrifana is an area in the municipality that has not been taken over by commercialism, though there are enough hotels and resorts in this village resting on cliffs above the beach. The soft sand and crystal clear water makes this a heavenly beach that’s close to perfect.
13. Praia de Monte Clerigo
Aljezur is home to many gorgeous beaches in Algarve, and one of them is Praia de Monte Clerigo, an idyllic paradise with thrilling cliff top walks, strong currents perfect for skimboarding, lovely dunes of sand, and a charming cafe. Despite its simplicity, Praia de Monte Clerigo is also one of the hundreds of Blue Flag beaches in Portugal.
14. Praia de Odeceixe Mar
Another cheap yet beautiful spot to learn how to surf in Algarve is Praia de Odeceixe Mar. Located in Aljezur, it is also located in the Vicentine Coast Natural Park, just a few kilometers west of the village of Odeceixe and around 30 minutes away from Praia da Amoreira. On the southside of the beach is Praia de Adegas, a naturist beach. It also lies on the mouth of a river, Rio de Seixe.
These are our favorite beaches in Algarve! Are we missing any beach? Let us know in the comments below 🙂
Also if you are traveling to Portugal soon read our things to know before visiting Portugal, budget travel in Portugal and how much do you need per day. From Algarve maybe you would like to visit Lisbon.