Top 10 beaches of the Algarve
The Algarve has many beautiful beaches. From highly popular beaches to more secluded ones. From beaches surrounded by red impressive rock formations to flat beaches surrounded by dunes. In this article we will give you our top 10 beaches of the Algarve. If you have the chance, make sure you visit these beaches.
10: Praia dos Três Irmãos (Alvor)
Praia dos Três Irmãos (translated ‘beach of the three brothers’) is a beach in Alvor, near Portimão. The name comes from the three characteristic rocks that you can see on the beach. The beach has several caves, where kids usually love to play. This makes it a perfect beach for families.
9: Praia da Bordeira (Carrapateira)
Praia da Bordeira is a beach on the west coast of the Algarve. It has a rough and wild feel to it. Furthermore, the beach is surrounded by beautiful nature. Praia da Bordeira attracts a lot of surfers, as the surfing conditions on this beach are great. Overall, great beach to visit if you like nature.
8: Praia do Carvoeiro (Carvoeiro)
Praia do Carvoeiro is the main beach of the former fishing village Carvoeiro, near Lagoa. The beach is small, but is surrounded by colourful houses and rocks. There is a great atmosphere on the beach.
7: Praia da Rocha (Portimão)
Praia da Rocha (translated as Rock beach) is a popular beach in Portimão. During the summer, there are a lot of tourists on the beach. However, the beautiful surroundings make up for it. This beach is also perfect for long walks along the sea.
6: Ilha Deserta (Faro)
Ilha Deserta is an island near the coast of Faro. There are no permanent residents on this island. This island can only be visited by boat. If you visit this island and are willing to walk 10 minutes, you will easily find a part of the beach with almost no visitors in sight. This makes the island perfect for a day trip.
5: Praia do Carvalho (Lagoa)
Praia do Carvalho is a small beach, but known for its beauty. The sand is soft and the water is transparent and calm. Around this beach there is also the opportunity to jump in the water from several rock formations near the beach.
4: Praia da Falésia (Albufeira)
Praia da Falésia is long beach that stretches from Albufeira to Vilamoura. On the side of Vilamoura, the beach is long, wide and the water is shallow. When you walk towards the side of Albufeira, you will see impressive red rock formations, that make this beach a spectacular visit.
3: Ilha de Tavira (Tavira)
2: Praia da Dona Ana (Lagos)
Praia da Dona Ana is also a very popular beach in the Algarve. The beach is surrounded by high cliffs. In 2015, some work was done on the beach to enlarge the beach.
1: Praia da Marinha (Lagoa)
Praia da Marinha is one of the most famous beaches in the Algarve. It has an awesome double arched rock. This beach appears on many postcards of the region. The rock structures around this beach make this one of the most memorable beaches you can visit in Portugal.