Praia da Falésia – General information
Praia da Falésia is quite a popular place in summer and is visited by many people, including families with children. It has been considered the 18th best beach in Europe, the best beach in Portugal in 2014 and the third best beach in Portugal in 2015 by TripAdvisor. The beach is praised for its beauty and diversity. The orange rocks contrasting with green pines and dark blue skies make this one of the most memorable beaches in Portugal.
The beach consists of two parts, which are quite different from each other. Starting in Vilamoura, the beach is very large and the waters are shallow. Thus, especially during low tide, you can walk perhaps 50 meters into the water, which makes the beach especially suitable for children. On Falésia beach (near Vilamoura), there are all sorts of water sports to do, including paragliding, diving and a surfing school. Superb beach restaurants can be found on that part of praia da Falésia. There are also several popular hotels on walking distance from the beach.
From Vilamoura you can make a beach walk of about 2 hours until the small village of Olhos d’Água. About half of the beach towards the Albufeira region is protected by red and orange coloured sandy cliffs, with pine trees on the top. Praia da Falésia is considerably narrower in Albufeira than in Vilamoura. By low tide you will see some people collecting small clams, called conquilhas, which is a delicious specialty. Falésia beach near Albufeira is famous for its nightlife. The beach has recently won an award being the best beach for nightlife in Portugal.
Above the cliffs there is a hiking trail. From this trail you will get spectacular views over the beach and the sea. Be careful to not walk on this trail after it has rained: it can get quite slippery when wet.
If you would like to experience this beach, it is possible to see this beach in 360 degrees.
How to get there
When you come from Albufeira, follow the Sheraton hotel signs. The beach is very near the hotel. In your GPS, you can enter: Rua da Falésia, Aldeia da Falésia, Olhos de Água, Albufeira
Praia da Falésia – Facilities
Facilities in Praia da Falésia:
• Restaurant: yes
• Bar/club: yes
• Toilet: yes
• Shower: yes
• Water sports: yes
• Sunbeds: yes
• Parking: yes
• Lifeguards: yes
• Blue flag beach: yes