Beaches in the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António
The beaches in the eastern Algarve are beautiful, but also quite different than the beaches in other parts of the Algarve. There are no cliffs: all beaches are backed by dunes. The sand in general is quite soft. Moreover, the temperature of the sea water is usually warmer in the eastern Algarve. This makes these beaches great for swimming. Below you can find the best beaches in the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António.
Praia da Manta Rota
Praia da Manta Rota is a popular beach in between Praia de Cacela Velha and Praia da Lota. You can find many Portuguese families here, who like to enjoy their summer holidays on this beach. This beach is excellent for children, because the sand is great to play with and the sea is calm and shallow.
Praia de Cacela Velha
Praia de Cacela Velha is an amazing beach in the eastern Algarve. It was featured in several famous ‘top beaches’ lists. Still, the beach is relatively calm. This gem is one of the jewels of the Algarve.
Praia de Monte Gordo
Praia de Monte Gordo is the main beach of Monte Gordo, a seaside resort in the eastern Algarve. You can recognize Monte Gordo by the many high-rise apartments and hotels. It attracts many tourists, mainly from Spain and other parts of Portugal. There are plenty of facilities and there is even a casino. Behind Monte Gordo there is a pine forest, which is popular for hiking and biking. The beach itself is nice: the sand is very soft and the water is relatively warm.
Praia de Santo António
Praia de Santo António is the easternmost beach of the Algarve and the closest beach to Spain. It is also the closest beach to the town of Vila Real de Santo António. With warm water and plenty of space, this is a great beach to visit.