Looking for a good destination for your next vacation? If you have not been to Portugal yet, you are going to want to pause here and take notes.
As one of the best options for people who want a relaxing, well-rounded trip, Portugal, and especially its southernmost region, the Algarve, are full of gorgeous beaches and spectacular opportunities to have fun. It is a nice blend of restful and exciting, with plenty of options to indulge in all of your favorite summer activities and get a dazzling tan as you let your mind reset.
Here are our top picks for must-see Algarve beaches.
Praia do Amoreira is a pretty little piece of heaven that is on the western part of the Algarve. With plenty of starfish and sea urchins in vast rock pools, it is a good place for biology whizzes and naturalists. It also happens to be a pretty good spot for photographers as it will allow you to snap pics of rocky formations that will make for some unique backdrops. It has a stronger undertow so beginner swimmers might not enjoy it, but it is simply a very pretty, romantic spot, so you will not regret just going there to see it. There are no bars or restaurants here, which makes it a more peaceful location, good for those moments when you just need to get away from the crowds for a bit.
Culture enthusiasts, step right this way! Not only a nice beach, but a part of the Ria Formosa Natural Park! It is a great place to visit with children because you will be able to see famous Anchor Graveyard, a place where tuna-fishing boats used to fix their nets to catch fish. The anchors there look strangely beautiful, and nearby you can find several charming restaurants in the little fishing houses. There is also a small nudist spot on one part of this beach, but if you are going with kids you can easily avoid it. If you are going alone, then hey, have fun.
This beach is so gorgeous that it is no wonder it is often pictured on postcards and travel brochures for the Algarve. It is not just the soft pale sand and azure ocean that makes it pretty—it is full of colorful rocky cliffs, and most of all, caves. Yep, those famous beach caves can be seen here and you can book a tour and enjoy the fun, natural formations. Again, this is a lovely spot for photographers, especially if you walk along the shorelines of Costa d’Oiro (the Golden Coast). Definitely check out Restaurante o Camilo, which has delicious seafood meals that you will enjoy.
Rocha is one of the most popular beaches to visit, and you can find it in a beautiful, bustling city that is full of friendly locals, wonderful food, and shopping opportunities—Portimão. It is a good idea to centre your visit in this city because it is one of the best places to stay in the Algarve, and you can easily find plenty of hotels and resorts that will make your visit enjoyable. The Rocha beach itself is full of bars, restaurants, discos, and even casinos, so fans of nightlife and entertainment certainly will not be lacking in stuff to do.
The orange, brown, and ocher colours of the limestone cliffs, and the golden sand of the beaches is what makes Marinha one of the most beautiful places in Lagos. One thing we absolutely must recommend here is to take a small hike and climb those gorgeous cliffs because the view from them is entirely breathtaking. This is a beautiful way to see the whole stretch of this marvelous beach, and you can also check out the caves and tunnels and have a little adventure.
Good place for a family to visit, but also a really good place for a romantic date. Just imagine proposing to your sweetheart on the beach, underneath one of these natural formations! The Marinha beach holds a special kind of magic, and whether you are a professional photographer or merely someone who wants to fill their Instagram page with stunning pictures, this will offer you a great opportunity to snap some good shots.
This beach is a nice blend of family-friendly and edgy. It is a huge stretch of smooth sand and cool waters, and by the riverside you can find peaceful spots that are perfect for relaxing and enjoying a good beach novel. On the other side, the sea is rougher and excellent for surfing and evening parties full of dancing by the bonfire. This beach sets the boundary between the Algarve and the Alentejo regions, and you will not regret coming here and dipping your toes in the ocean.
If you have got time, visit them all. All of these beaches are beautiful, and all of them offer a chance to escape the hectic rush of our daily life and finally enjoy some natural beauty.
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Article by: Rebecca Brown is a translator by day, and a traveler mostly at night. She is an expert on living with jet lag—and packing in tiny suitcases. You can read more of her exploits at RoughDraft.