Portuguese Beaches

Where to find the best beaches in Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve region is one of the most beautiful places in not just Europe but in the world! The coastline offers more than 150 stunning beaches, cute towns, beautiful landscapes and great wine (worth mentioning!). But with that amount of beaches, it can be a bit confusing to know where to go. But don’t worry, that’s why this list exists. Here are the best beaches in Algarve, Portugal, and where you can find them.

Praia de Dona Ana

After visiting this beach, it’s hard not to agree with the fact that it’s one of the most picturesque beaches in Algarve. It’s located just outside the town of Lagos and can be easily reached with car or even by foot. Just bring tons of water since it gets scorching hot in the summer. Praia de Dona Ana is surrounded by steep colorful cliffs and crystal clear water. It even reminds some of the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road in Australia because of the dramatic cliffs.

Do keep in mind that most of the beaches can only be reached by a steep wooden staircase since they’re located underneath the high cliffs.

Praia da Marinha

This beach is often ranked among the best beaches in Europe and rightfully so. It’s located in the same area as the famous Benagil Cave, so you can be sure that this beach gets crowded. Nevertheless, just arrive early in the morning, park your car, find a spot, and stay here for the entire day. After seeing Praia da Marinha, you’ll want to sit here for hours and just look at the mesmerizing beach.

Praia do Camilo

Just as the other beaches, it’s surrounded by dramatic cliffs and clear water. The beach is a bit smaller than the other ones, but it’s also much more quiet. It gets a bit busier during summertime, but it still never feels as crowded as neighboring Praia de Dona Ana for example. I found this beach to be the most stunning one in Algarve because of the peculiar rock formations which protects the beach from the wind.

Praia da Arrifana, Aljezur

Arrifana might not be the best beach to go to if you want to go for a relaxing swim session, but it does offer great surfing opportunities because of the waves. More than that, the beach is breathtaking and a joy to just look at. Arrifana Beach differs a lot from the other beaches on the list. It’s mostly frequented by locals who are looking for the best waves, but you’ll also see plenty of people lying on the beach and enjoying the sunshine.

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