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.
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?
This beach is perfect for water sport enthusiasts, and for those who don't like water sports, I recommend you watch a sunset from here. You will definitely take something away if the weather is cool. I was there in mid-August and I had wrap the towel around myself at dusk.
Nazaré land of the fishermen and it is evident that the traditions still rulehere, because the fishmongers used seven skirts while repairing nets and other fishing gear on the beach. After taking a stroll along the great beach, located in the center, you can go up in the elevator, which was built in the late 19th Century, but today it is brand new, and serves to join the bottom part of Nazareth with the hotel. There at the top you have a panoramic view of the town of beautiful Nazaré and its beach. Near the lighthouse, there you can see the fort of San Miguel, where you can see a part of the very beach of Nazare and the other side "North Beach", another vast sandy beach facing the Atlantic Ocean.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
That picture is of the Azenhas do Mar, a small town of whitewashed houses, carved into the rock. It is situated on the very cliff on the coast of Lisbon, close to Sintra. It offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. There we found a small snack bar with a terrace that is very busy, especially on Sunday mornings.
Spectacular beach with big dunes, it is very wide and very long and has fine sand. In November, it is empty. We spent a wonderful afternoon sitting in a modern bar, almost laying down in hammocks watching the sunset and the surfers riding the waves until it got dark. A delight.
Just a 5min. walk from the famous Doña Ana Beach you can find the less-crowded but just-as-stunning Camilo Beach. I suggest hitting it up once Doña Ana gets too packed. The sunburnt masses will start heading to Doña Ana around noon, so pick up your stuff and take the cliff-top path to Pinhao Beach.
Pinhao Beach is cleaved in two parts by a cliff jutting out into the middle of it. When the high tide comes it, it reaches the cliff in the middle and basically creates two separate beaches. It's pretty cool to have your own little beach shared with only a handful of others, but be careful because there is no stairwell exit for the second beach, and the water gets knee-to-waist deep getting back around the the first one. There are also lots of boats here that'll take to to visit the famous grottos and Ponta da Piedade (absolutely spectacular) and will run for around 10 euros/person, which is a pretty fair deal.
I'd also recommend just exploring the paths which spider-web around the cliff tops between Ponta de Piedade and Doña Ana Beach. This path offers some of the most spectacular views of the the area, and you'll have them all to yourself. Every 50ft. or so there's a small gorge dropping down to the sea, usually ending in a tiny beach. Some of these have ropes to help you climb down and find your own private beach.
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.
This is one of the Peniche beaches and has fine sand as well as constant waves. It draws attention for its nearby houses by a small road that divides two beaches. In the parking area, there are more people than other areas of the beach. You can have a famous mojitos or Portuguese beer on the terraces on the beach. The sunset is amazing ...
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.
On the Troia Peninsula, there's great beach next to the dense forest and massive sand dunes. The best way to arrive is to take the catamaran from Setubal, for 2€, and do the half-hour journey by sea. It's a resort area, so you'll find all the typical facilities available.