Top 10 beaches in the Algarve

Posted on July 10, 2015 by Guest Writer
Carvoeiro beach Algarve, Portugal

Holidays to the Algarve are a sun lover’s paradise, with arms full of beautiful beaches and long days of perfect hot sunny weather. It’s no wonder that most travellers taking holidays to the Algarve are looking for perfect sandy beaches with lush clear waters and stunning scenery. And if that’s what you’re looking for you won’t be disappointed. But with so many spectacular beaches it can be hard to know where to begin, so to get you started here’s out top 10 beaches in the Algarve.

A boat on the sandy beach of Faro Island, Portugal

Faro Island

We’re starting off with the most unusual beach in the Algarve. This is an island of beach with two separate sides to it. On one side is open pure sand as far as the eye can see and on the other there’s a nature reserve. Access to the island is by a narrow bridge road, making it feel mysterious and cut off. Faro island is an experience you won’t find anywhere else in the Algarve and one for those who like something a little different. Relax on the acres of soft sand and then do a little wildlife spotting.


Clear waters, coves and rocks at Parai da Marinha, Portugal

Praia da Marinha

Praia da Marinha is the most photographed beach in the Algarve due to its arched rock formations. If you’ve ever seen beach photos of the area chances are you’ve seen this. This is a stunning beach, but bear in mind it’s only accessible by steep steps and not suitable for anyone who isn’t very mobile.


Rocky coves against the sun at Praia Tres Irmanos, Portugal

Praia Tres Irmaos

This is a scenic beach with soft sand and a series of intricate coves to explore. A beautiful area of coastline with some fantastic beach restaurants.


Colourful umbrellas on the Meia Praia Beach, Algarve, Portugal

Meia Praia

Meia Praia translates as ‘half beach’ which is exactly what this is. The other half of the beach here is Alvor beach, another beautiful stretch of sand. This is a popular area of coastline and it does get busy in high season. Situated near to Lagos the beach is backed by villas and restaurants.


Tides crashing on the rocks at Ilha de Tavira Beach, Portugal

Ilha de Tavira

Located in the east of the Algarve, the beach here has fantastic views over the Ria Formosa natural park. The waters off this area of shore are said to be warmer than in the west and perfect for swimming.


Surfboard in the Western Algarve at Praia do Amado, Portugal

Praia do Amado

The ruggedness of the western Algarve makes it ideal for surfing and this beach has long been a favourite with those hoping to catch some waves. The windy west isn’t for everyone and if you like your beaches still and your sea calm you might not take to it here. However, it is becoming more popular on this coast and surfers continue to flock here.


Parasols on the sandy Gale Beach, Portugal

Gale Beach

Gale beach is in the centre of the Algarve close to popular Albufeira. This one is a particular favourite with families as it features a lot of rock pools to explore. The beach is well served with amenities, but it does get busy in summer.


Rocks and sea at the Praia da Rocha beach at sunset, Portugal

Praia do Vau

Praia do Vau is a stunning little horseshoe bay which features a yellow clay mud that’s said to be good for skin conditions and arthritis. At low tide you can walk around the rocks on the beach to Praia da Rocha and explore the coves along the coastline.


Birdseye view of the beach at Sagres Harbour, Portugal


Close to Sagres, Martinhal is picturesque, but being on the end of the Algarve near Sagres it does get very windy. Surfers love it here and the harbour gives a pretty view with rows of boats and sometimes a cruise liner.


Birdseye view of the sea and beach at Praia da Falesia, Portugal

Praia da Falesia

Praia da Falesia is located in the centre of the Algrave close to the sophisticated resort of Vilamoura. The beach here is beautiful and features a long expanse of golden sand, backed by stunning red cliffs. This is a picturesque bay which is served by a classy town.

Holidays to the Algarve are illustrated by sardine barbeques on the beach as the sun sets, pitchers of sangria and a simply stunning coastline. The Algarve is an area of beautiful shores, sometimes wild and rugged, sometimes calm and serene, but always spectacular. The coastline changes as you travel from east to west, showing different sides to the character of southern Portugal, and demonstrating the diversity in its beaches. There really is something for everyone here. Whether you like water sports, secret coves or plain soft sandy stretches of perfect beach, the Algarve has it. Choose your holidays to the Algarve by the beach, or travel around and try a few out.