Beautiful, luxurious beach. Both clean and quiet. I'm afraid to tell you about the Praia da Rocha because maybe it would be better to keep these discoveries secret. Portugal has something special, something decadent but you are always willing to return to it. From the Avenida Praia Hotel, you can see the rocks that separate beaches, sand smooth, full Avenue shops and restaurants, full of tourists from the north in search of sunshine. Today is not sunny, but the Algarve offers over 300 days of sunshine a year. That advertised. It smells of sea, sea view from the window. Where else can you find a blue so relaxing?
Praia do Camilo is one of the small coves nestled in the spectacular yellow cliffs in the Lagos region of the Portuguese Algarve. The distinct tones of blue and green in the water really catch your attention, especially when they contrast against the golden rock. It's a spectacular area not only for the landscapes but also for transparency of the waters which makes snorkeling a blast.
Leaving Spain, on the border of Ayamonte, take the Algarve motorway to Lagos and, following the signs, head to Playa de Donana. A natural wonder with excellent views and restaurants hanging from the cliff. A site that will become unforgettable.
Tavira Island is an awesome place with miles of pristine beaches, with golden sand dunes and good waves for surfing. Boats leave for Tavira every half hour throughout the day, the last returns at 12. The price is 3 € for a round trip. However, there is no parking for cars. The boat stops at the Ria Formosa, where there is a quiet beach, with trees that provide some shade. If you follow the road, you will see a few fishermen's houses, some shops (souvenir shops and restaurants) and camp sites. Then you get to the beach. What caught our attention was the fact that there is no area for umbrellas and towels. It is very busy when you first walk onto the beach. But if you keep walking, is much quieter, less crowded and you can find people sunbathing nude and fishing. It is a stunning place
Stunning coastline! The hike from Marinha along the coat was definitely the highlight of my last trip. We did about half of the trail hitting the first three beaches before returning to Marinha to have lunch, and I've never been on a better hike. It's too bad we couldn't finish all of the 6km trail.
However, you must be careful of the tides as they rise quickly can can easily leave inattentive beach goers trapped.
Although I'd already been to the Praia de Benagil, I didn't get a chance to explore its caves until this past summer. During that trip, I had the chance to explore the "Sistine Chapel of the Algarve." Known locally as "Algar de Benagil," this is a massive coastal cave which hides a sheltered beach. You can only reach it by boat (in our case, we took a tourist boat) or swimming around 150 yards down the coastline. The second I set foot upon the sand and see the sunlight pouring in through the hole in the domed rook is a moment I'll never forget. I couldn't recommend it more. If you're going to visit, try to visit around mid-day when the sun shines through and make sure to go during low tide.
I have the great luck to have visited many beaches along the Algarve coast, and this one beats them all as it is so beautiful and very long. It stretches from the town of Portimao to Lagos (Meia Praia). Once at the beach the You are first overwhelmed to see the rock formation characteristic of this area. Next, you notice the incredible cliffs, and these are even more beautiful when the tide rises and some of the rocks are covered by water with a green color and more to a background of a blue tone. The Alvor beach is characterized by very fine white sand and the longest, along with Praia da Rocha in Portimao, which is about 3 kilometers. You are always relaxed here because there are never too many people. It's a place to enjoy the warm waters that invite you to swim at any time of year.
I think it's one of the most stunning beaches where you can watch the sunset. It has two parts, one with sand where you can play sports and another more natural offering rocks and cliffs. You have your beachfront bars to eat and drink, I recommend the Mojito ... delicious. They are very clean and not overcrowded. It is one of the most spectacular beaches I have ever visited in Portugal, it has everything, quiet areas with sand like flour, and areas between the rocks and nature, beach front and and luxury bars, but the best thing are the stunning sunsets that you can enjoy, a must see.
This is a very nice beach, and in the main part (it is very long) you'll find there's barely anyone there. There is a small train that takes you (for just one euro each way) from the city to a little tourism complex, passing through the marshes, the "Ria Formosa Natural Park". You can also walk there, and if you are able to do so, we advise it; it's an easy walk and the trails and landscapes are very interesting. In the complex there are a couple of interesting things, like the bar, but above all there's a very interesting cemetery with anchors.
A great beach in a fishing village would be how I'd bets describe this place. It is located a few kilometers from the town of Cape Carvoeiro and close to Albufeira and is always crowded with tourists throughout the year, especially the English. Part of the beach is dedicated to the work of the small fishing boats, where they keep all of their equipment. After this we went to the "real beach" frequented by tourists and as such, very well equipped with umbrellas, hammocks, etc.. During the walk we found the Armacao da Pera where there is a small chapel, but as we were short of time and looking for the International Festival of Sand Sculpture, we did not look into this. A great place for photo opportunities.
The Amado beach is just a couple of miles from the village of Carrapateira, in the Portuguese Algarve. It is a sandy beach with plenty of cliffs, making it a difficult combination to find. If you like surfing, you will also enjoy the area near Sagres, known as second to none for its strong winds and waves. This beach is pretty quiet during the day, but it feels totally wild. Here, you'll encounter many surfers vans that roam at the end of the road. There is also a snack bar above the beach.
This beautiful fine sand beach, several miles long, is located at one end of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa. Our first intention was to do one of the many walking tours there in order to observe the herons and flamingos that migrate each winter from central and northern Europe to one of the most important wetlands in southern Europe. The weather looked like rain and we had to settle for only visiting this beautiful beach. I'm not sure that anyone will remember the Masiel song from the 60s called "ROSES IN THE SEA", but, we found a white rose abandoned in the rolling waves and we could see a glimpse of the sun on the horizon between the dark clouds. One thing I didn't understand about this place was how an engineer could think to put an airport in this park.
This beach is in the Sesmarias region, close to Albufeira. There are two coves, one with a snack bar that you can access by stairs and the other is a littler small and a little more difficult to get to since there are no stairs and it´s a bit rockier. It was such a surprise to find them though! They're really beautiful. Getting to the beach is not complicated since it is well posted with signs and is the first beach that you come to in the center of Albufeira at the port. It´s small scale but there are still people there. I was there in July and it was nice. I hope you enjoy it too!
This is another example of a fishing village which has converted itself for toursits, but has managed to preserve its beautiful appearance. The white color dominates the village houses and the beach is small and tucked between ocher and reddish cliffs which are so typical of this area. The nightlife is lively but quiet. Dining in restaurants that flank the cove is an experience you will never forget.
After visiting charming Benagil, we went to search out other parts of the Algarve and entered the Praia de Albondeira. The access is a bit complicated (as it is with most paradisaical beaches), but we finally arrived at a very beautiful beach. I went up on the rocks and mounted my tripod to take the following pictures.