Beaches in Algarve
Boasting some of the cleanest and most scenic beaches in Southern Europe, one of the Algarve's star attractions is without doubt the stunning coastline. Long expanses of soft, golden sand, secluded coves backed by ochre cliffs and topped by vibrant green pines. Each beach is a gem waiting to be discovered, each with it's own unique charm. Explore some of these fabulous sands and see for yourself why the Algarve is consistently on the list of best beach destinations in the world.
Praia da Arrifana
Located in a bay enclosed by tall cliffs and with local residences harmoniously sloping down almost to the water's edge, Arrifana Beach provides an excellent example of balance between human settlement and the natural environment. The ruins of the old fortress are ideal for some of the best views over the surroundings. With all the necessary infrastructures of a coastal resort, the Beach is a year round favourite with surfers and bodyboarders.
Praia da Carreagem
Praia da Carreagem (sometimes written Praia da Carriagem) is a beach within the Municipality of Aljezur, in the Algarve, Portugal. A secluded beach which is unspoiled and never busy and visitors to the beach must negotiate a marked pathway and steps which lead down to this beach from a car park on the cliff above.
The beach has many interesting and unusual rock formations. The beach is popular for sports such as Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, and bodyboard surfing. The sea here is designate with a Flag Swimming flags is considered too dangerous for swimming.
Praia da Oura
Praia d’Oura is a pretty seaside town on southern Portugal’s Algarve coast. It’s a laid-back place with quiet bars and elegant seafood restaurants along the waterfront, and reams of sand to stretch out on along the sandy beach. There’s an away-from-it-all feel here, though it’s just a 20-minute walk to Albufeira where you’ve got the famous Strip and a cobbled old town filled with shops and art galleries.
Praia d’Oura’s best feature is its beach–a long, wide one that’s lapped by azure waters.
Around noon, the tide is low enough to walk the 2 kilometres to Praia dos Olhos d’Agua, where there’s a gently shelving shoreline and a duo of waterside restaurants.
For another change of scene, try Fisherman’s Beach in Albufeira–it comes with colourful fishing boats and shallow waters. At all the beaches, a pair of sun loungers and an umbrella cost about 15 euros.
Praia da Rocha Baixinha
Praia da Rocha Baixinha Nascente is synonymous with kilometres of white sand and a large number of water sports activities. This makes the beach ideal for summer visitors with lots of different interests.
If you're mad about surfing, windsurfing or kiting you'll get your money's worth here. The spectacular dune landscape has quite something to offer on shore as well.
Along the coastline you'll find lots of beach bars and restaurants, where you can stop for a cocktail.
Praia dos Pescadores
The urban beaches of Praia dos Pescadores and Praia do Peneco are just in front of the old town district of Albufeira. Much of this large holiday resort in the south of Portugal is situated at the top of steep cliffs. Nonetheless, escalators, a lift and a tunnel are provided so that you can get down to the spacious sandy beaches without a problem.
Praia dos Pescadores and Praia do Peneco are exceptionally family-friendly. The approach to the water slopes very gently and the Atlantic is relatively calm on this stretch of the coastline.
The amenities leave nothing to be desired, and include plenty of shops, restaurants and cafés, various water sports options and a water playground.
Praia Grande is probably the closest, and certainly the mostly easily accessed, beach from Sintra. The name translates to "Big beach" and whilst the beach isn't massive, it is the biggest on the Sintra - Cascais coast, rivaled only by Guincho in terms of size.
The expanse of golden sand is big enough to hold the summer crowds who flock here, many coming straight from Sintra on the tram which stops close to Praia Grande before continuing on to Praia das Macas. As you'd expect for a popular beach there are plenty of facilities such as cafes, bars toilets and plenty of parking.
Praia Grande is well known as a surf spot and it can indeed get good here. It is a good choice when the swell is fairly small and the high cliffs provide some shelter from the wind towards the southern end.
Praia Santa Eulália
Praia de St. Eulália is a very pretty beach, which promises hours of pleasant Algarveing. It is tucked away a little distance from the large streets of Albufeira. Enjoy your day in the sun in this comfortable setting.
The whole area is artificially designed and has the charm of a wellness resort. Around the beach there are sophisticated restaurants and premium hotels that entice visitors with an exclusive view of the sea.