With over hundred beaches to choose from, the Algarve is well known to some of the most spectacular beaches in Europe if not the world. Here is a short list of our favourite beaches in the region you should definitely visit.
1. Carvoeiro Beach (Praia do Carvoeiro) – Lagoa
Voted as The Best European Beach of 2018 Carvoeiro beach (Praia do Carvoeiro) should definitely be on your must visit list. The sea is beautiful, water is crystal clear and slightly chilly, perfect to cool down on a hot summer day. The beach itself is rather small, surrounded by cliffs on both sides and extends into the square of a charming little town of Carvoeiro. Once you get there, you will soon decide to get rid of your return ticket home and stay in this little piece of paradise forever.
2. Marinha Beach (Praia de Marinha) – Lagoa
Marinha beach (Praia de Marinha) is another breathtaking beach in the Algarve you cannot miss. It has been considered as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Europe and one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world. If you like hiking, you can get to this beach by foot from Carvoeiro town. Otherwise, you will need a car to get there. It is definitely worth a visit!
3. Bordeira Beach (Praia de Bordeira) – Aljezur
Bordeira beach (Praia de Bordeira) is one of the best and most beautiful beaches located in the western part of the Algarve. The beach is located in the Natural Park of Vicentine Coast and with a 3km stretch of sand it does not get too busy even during high season. To get to Bordeira beach (Praia de Bordeira) you will need to cross a shallow stream which runs along the beach. Bordeira beach (Praia de Bordeira) is perfect for nature lovers or those who like to escape the crowds.
4. Odeceixe Beach (Praia de Odeceixe) – Aljezur
Odeceixe beach (Praia de Odeceixe) is another spectacular beach located in the western part of the Algarve. Really picturesque coastline with soft fine sand and great hiking paths nearby. On one side of the beach is a river with no waves which is great for children, while on the other side of this beach is the ocean with giant waves that are great for surfing.
5. Rocha Beach (Praia de Rocha) – Portimão
Rocha beach (Praia de Rocha) is one of the busiest beaches in the Algarve which welcomes thousands of tourists each year. This sandy beach stretches over 1km with plenty of things to do. Either you choose to play beach volleyball, learn how to surf or go to explore the caves – this beach has it all. With plenty of restaurants, beach clubs, bars and discos you can find activities to choose from at any time of the day.
6. São Rafael Beach (Praia de São Rafael) – Albufeira
Absolutely stunning little beach you cannot miss! This golden sand beach has it all – beautiful views of the Atlantic, crystal clear waters, spectacular caves and grottoes to explore. São Rafael beach (Praia de São Rafael) is located just outside Albufeira and can be easily accessed by car or Hop On Hop Off bus.
7. Galé Beach (Praia da Galé) – Albufeira
Beautiful and clean sandy beach close to Albufeira where you can easily spend the whole day there. Wether you choose to sunbathe, hire a surfboard, have a walk along the coastline, explore the rock formations, have a massage or have a refreshing drink at one of the beachfront restaurants – all this can be done at Galé beach (Praia da Galé). And did we mention the spectacular sunset views?