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Algarve Beaches

Sadly, when we were in Algarve we only had three days, so we decided to stay in Lagos, and one of the days, we drove to Carvoeiro, Carvalho and Praia da Marinha.

Before we went and just in case, I’d made a list of several beaches in the area, so we could visit if we had time. Here are some of them:

Sagres
Its “forgotten” location is on the western tip. The natural landscapes with cliffs with more than 50 meters of height make this place very appealing.

Praia dos 3 irmãos or Alvor
It is quite long and extensive. It has dunes that remain in their places due to the surrounding vegetation.

Portimão
Its a 15-minute drive from Lagos and it is a larger town with plenty of infrastructures. It is very touristy, with a variety of cafes, restaurants, shops and such. The main beach in the town is called Praia da Rocha.

Praia da Rocha
It is one of the most tourist beaches in the Algarve. You’ll find all the infrastructure you need to spend your holiday.
Along the beach has a street with shops, restaurants and a street market in the evening. You can also arrange a boat trip on the River Arade. 

Carvoeiro
It is a charming fishing village, but it is becoming more and more popular with tourists. The town is cute, by its central square with live music at night, several restaurants and bars, in short, a lovely place.
There you can also hire boats and visit the caves and secluded beaches in the immediate vicinity.

Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal


Praia do Carvalho
Like most of the coast, Carvalho beach has cliffs and that green/blue watercolour. It’s probably more beautiful than the others. The interesting thing is that to access it, there is a staircase inside the rock. At first, it can be a bit scary because it’s narrow and dark, but not that bad and it is really worth it.

Carvalho, Algarve, Portugal Carvalho, Algarve, Portugal Carvalho, Algarve, Portugal


Benagil Cave
Visitors can only reach it by boat, but several companies offer the tour, most of them based on Benagil beach.
It is one of the many caves along the coast, though, it is said to be the most impressive.

Praia da Marinha
It was elected in 2018 by CNN as one of the 52 best beaches in the world. Unfortunately, on the day we went, the sea was extremely agitated, and the colour of the water was cloudy with lots of algae. We not see the famous green and transparent watercolour, so popular world out. It seems that there are boat trips to explore the caves nearby.

Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal

Praia da Albandeira
It is a small beach with rocks and natural tunnels. It is uncrowded and quiet. At the top of the cliffs, two belvederes allow a beautiful panorama view.

Cova Redonda
This beach is recognised by the high cliff and rock formations with various shades of orange, so characteristic of the Algarve coast.

Fuseta Beach, Olhão
Numerous sandy, attracting natural pools in low tide.

Praia da Bordeira
Located in the Southwest Alentejo Nature Park with a 3km stretch, the beach is very popular with families as it is far from the busy tourist areas.

Odeceixe
It has a vast stretch of sand, especially at low tide. The Odeceixe river flows through the right side of the beach.
The beach on the ocean side has bustling sea, much appreciated by surfers and the riverside beach is calmer, ideal for families.

As you can see, Algarve is not lacking choices, choose a beach “to call your own” and enjoy your well-deserved rest.

Ah! And do not forget to tell us your experience and how are these other beaches that I did not have the opportunity to visit (yet!).
Have a nice day!

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