West coast beaches in the Algarve
The beaches on the west coast of the Algarve are part of the Costa Vicentina natural park. They are more wild and rugged than beaches on the south coast. Also, they usually have fewer tourists and have more space. If you like nature, then it is highly recommended to explore the beaches on the west coast of the Algarve. Check out any of the following beaches.
Praia da Amoreira
Praia da Amoreira is a beautiful beach not too far from Aljezur. At this beach you can find the mouth of the Aljezur River, which makes for a beautiful sight. Moreover, you can choose to swim in the sea or in the river.
Praia da Arrifana
Praia da Arrifana is a long and narrow beach near Aljezur. The beach lies in a small bay and is surrounded by stunning scenery. It attracts many surfers, due to the great surf conditions on this beach.
Praia da Bordeira
Praia da Bordeira is one of the most beautiful beaches on the west coast. It is very big, both in length and width. The beach is actually the longest beach in the municipality of Aljezur. The combination of a stunning beach, a remote location and wild nature make this beach a true gem.
Praia da Carriagem
Praia da Carriagem is a remote beach west of the village of Rogil, between Aljezur and Odeceixe. Due to its remoteness, it attracts few visitors. However, this beach and its marvelous rock formations a true delight of nature.
Praia da Cordoama
Praia da Cordoama is a stunning beach, surrounded by several big black cliffs. It is one of the longest beaches on the west coast of the Algarve. The beach is very popular among surfers.
Praia da Ponta Ruiva
Praia da Ponta Ruiva is an isolated beach south of Praia do Castelejo. It is very hard to find and reach, partly due to its isolated location and partly due to the lack of good roads leading to the beach. It is mostly visited by surfers, due to the good waves.
Praia das Adegas
Praia das Adegas is one of the few official nude beaches in the Algarve, and the only one on the west coast. It is located within a short walking distance of Praia de Odeceixe. The beach has lots of privacy.
Praia de Monte Clérigo
Praia de Monte Clérigo is located right next to the small village of Monte Clérigo, which has many colourful houses. This gives the beach its character. You can also find some restaurants in the village. Furthermore, you can find some rock pools on the beach, making this a popular destination among local families. The beach is also popular among surfers.
Praia de Odeceixe
Praia de Odeceixe is perhaps the most famous beach in the northwest of the Algarve. The beach has the shape of a horseshoe and is surrounded by a river, Ribeira de Seixa. You can either swim in the sea or in the river.
Praia de Vale Figueiras
Praia de Vale Figueiras is less known than Bordeira or Arrifana, but not less stunning. The beach is popular among surfers and offers a lot of privacy. There are often only a handful of people on the beach.
Praia do Amado
Praia do Castelejo
Praia do Castelejo is a wonderful beach just south of Praia da Cordoama. The beach is surrounded by imposing black rock formations and has big waves. Praia do Castelejo is mostly popular among surfers.
Praia do Vale dos Homens
Praia do Vale dos Homens is a peaceful beach northwest of the village Rogil. It attracts only a handful of visitors, even in the height of summer. This beach is perfect for people who love nature.