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The region of the Algarve is well known for the most beautiful and finest beaches of Portugal. From the eastern, central and western Algarve you will find below a few of the most amazing beaches you can visit the next time you come to Algarve or even better, when you are already in the Algarve! 

Eastern Algarve

Praia Cabanas de Tavira – Tavira

On the east side of Tavira Island you will find this huge beach with the warmest seawaters in the Algarve, a couple of beach bars on the island for drinks, snacks and ice creams surrounded by amazing views and perfect for nature lovers or to enjoy a day away from civilization. The beach of Cabanas is located in front of the village of Tavira, to enjoy the best things there this is what you can do; catch one of the first ferries  and go early to avoid the many tourists to cross the river. This short trip is really great fun, especially for children and once on the other side it’s only a couple of hundred meters over the boardwalk to the main beach itself. 

Praia da Manta Rota – Vila Nova de Cacela

Located in the bay of Monte Gordo, is the Manta Rota beach, one of the most peaceful and amazing beaches of the Algarve. It benefits from an extensive sandy beach perfect to play different sports such as: soccer, racquets, volleyball or rugby, to make sand castles, to fly a kite or to simply relax with your friends and/or family. Another great advantage is; when it is low tide you can walk for dozens of metres into the sea before you are forced to swim,  making it the perfect beach to go with small children. 

Praia da Fuseta – Olhão

The blue flag Fuseta beach is located at the eastern most tip of Armona Island, which separates the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve from the Atlantic Ocean. You can take the boat to this beautiful island with bars and restaurants and enjoy the extensive views on the large beach and the marvelous landscape. It’s a great beach for families with young children and is also very popular with the locals. For those that are feeling more adventurous, you can try “stand up paddle boarding” here too! A short walk along the beach will take you to the historic lifeboat station. 

 

Central Algarve

Praia de Vale do Lobo – Quarteira

For a taste of the luxury life, head down to Vale do Lobo beach whose hallmark is the ochre and red cliffs perfectly located within the heart of the Golden Triangle and surrounded by a high-quality tourist complex. The beach has a number of famous restaurants, including Maria’s, Julia’s and Sandbanks, all serving up a glamorous beach experience, while there are lots of sunbeds and even a massage station for a touch of relaxation. With the beach being only a short distance from Vilamoura marina and the Aquashow water park, it is really easy to find, although in the summer months you do have to pay to park near to the beach. 

Praia da Falésia - Albufeira

Praia da Falésia is more than 6 kilometres long and is one of the most popular beaches in the Algarve and according to Tripadvisor, Praia da Falésia is one of the best beaches in the world that atracts thousands of visitors every year. It stretches from Vilamoura in the East all the way to Olhos de Água in the West. The sand on the beach is beautifully soft. The sea is clean and the water is crystal clear. The sunset parties that are organised on this beach every Thursday afternoon during summer months attract many people looking for a fun way to celebrate summer. 

Praia do Vale de Centeanes - Lagoa

The Vale de Centeanes Blue flag Beach is situated at the bottom of high, steep cliffs similar to those at Carvoeiro just along the coast. Fortunately, there is a shallow valley leading down to the beach at the eastern end making access fairly easy (even by wheelchair). The beach is surrounded by an imposing cliff that enters the sea. The sea is so transparent that one can see the bottom of the sea when standing on the golden sands. With the high cliffs offering shelter from the wind Vale de Centeanes beach is a haven for sun-worshippers. The cliffs themselves are a point of interest and worth a closer look where they have been eroded into unusual shapes. 

Western Algarve

Praia Dona Ana - Lagos

Dona Ana Beach is incredibly beautiful and surrounded by the most bizarre cliffs and rocks with fantastic landscapes, that have long inspired painters from all over the world. The beach is located between the town of Lagos and Ponta da Piedade and the access to the beach is via a long stair with 93 steps. The sea water at Praia da Dona Ana is very clean and the rock formations of Ponta da Piedade protect Dona Ana beach against waves from the southwest. You can see a big variety of flora and fauna underwater. 

Praia da Arrifana – Aljezur

Not everyone goes to the beach to sunbathe and build sandcastles, the Praia da Arrifana is a great spot for both but what it is really famous for is for being a top surfing beach in the Algarve. It is located in a small bay and is surrounded by high black cliffs and authentic white houses. The scenery around the beach is absolutely stunning. The water quality here is very good and the beach is considered to be accessible for everyone.   If you are not a fan of surfing there is still plenty to love about this beach, including the dramatic cliffs that surround it and even the ruins of a fortress that sits above the beach for you to explore. Ensure you watch the sunset from the beach too! The sunsets in the ocean, which is a really beautiful sight. 

Praia de Monte Clérigo - Aljezur

Praia de Monte Clérigo is set towards the north-western corner of the Algarve. The expansive white-sand beach invites you for a lazy afternoon to spend with your family watching surfers riding waves. In the dunes of this beach a vegetation flourishes that you will rarely find elsewhere in the Algarve. The beach itself is made up of fine golden sand with cliffs to either end and gently sloping sand dunes towards the mid-section of the beach. As a winner of the Blue Flag award Monte Clérigo is both clean and well equipped; there are cafes and toilets as well as good disabled access via the boardwalk that runs down to, and along the beach. At low tide a small, shallow lagoon forms on the beach which is perfect for younger children to safely splash around in.

Praia de Odexeice - Odeceixe

Praia de Odeceixe is a small and beautiful beach in the municipality of Aljezur and part of the Costa Vicentina natural park. The combination of good waves with a beautiful lagoon make this beach popular amongst both surfers and families. The green/blue colours of the water forms a beautiful background against the golden sand of the beach. The area is unspoilt and the landscape surrounding the beach is stunning. On the northern side of the beach are steep cliffs. On the west side of these cliffs is a big rock that looks like the fin of a shark. This rock is a landmark which makes it easy to recognize Praia de Odeceixe. Another great thing about Praia de Odeceixe is that small lagoons appear in the sand during low tide. These lagoons are great for kids to play in. 



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