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Benagil Beach

The Algarve beaches they are among the best Portugal. This region in the south of the country is one of the most touristic in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula for a reason. If you add to this that the region offers you more than three hundred hours of sunshine a year and clear, calm waters, you have all the elements for a dream vacation.

But the Algarve offers you even more. The southernmost region of the Portuguese country also has mountainous landscapes behind its beaches. Concretely, you have Monchique and Caldeirao mountain ranges, through which you can make beautiful and simple hiking trails. And it also has charming towns and villages like some lakes, Portimao, Albufeira, silves That is Lighthouse. But, going up to the beaches of the Algarve, they stretch for about two hundred kilometers from the southeast coast to the far east, near Vila Real de Santo Antonio. We’ll show you some of the best.

Benagil Beach

Marina Beach

Da Marinha, one of the most famous beaches in the Algarve

This small cove is best known for its huge cave, commonly called The cathedral. Its calm waters allow you to access it by canoe or boat. Many people do it, to the point that sometimes the boats do not allow you to see the sand. This one is golden, a color that merges with that of the rocks that surround it.

Next to it you will find another world famous beach. We’re talking about the sandbank by Marina considered by the Michelin Guide one of the ten best in the world. So much so that it has appeared in many advertising brochures in the region. It is also famous for the cliffs that surround it and for the excellent quality of its waters. We advise you to visit it at low tide. Thus, you will be able to observe the surrounding sea coves, hidden between the mountains.

On the other hand, since you are in this region of the Algarve, visit the beautiful town of benagil. This small fishing village has retained all its traditional charm. But above all, get closer some lakes equally fascinating and full of monuments.

Among them, you must visit the Church of Our Lady of Light, a beautiful 16th century temple with a magnificent portal in the Manueline style. The mother churches of Porches and Estombar, from the same period, are also very beautiful. And, with them, we advise you to see the convents of San José, Nuestra Señora del Carmen and San Francisco, as well as the castles of Porches and Ferragudo two coastal fortifications that served as a defense against attacks from the sea.


Arrifana Beach


Arrifana Beach

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Located in the municipality of Aljezur is about five hundred meters long and is closed at its southern end by the spectacular Pedra da Agulha a rocky cove in the sea. The beach holds the Blue Flag badge for the quality of its waters and sand.

Likewise, its northern part is very popular with diving enthusiasts. And, like others in the Algarve, it is surrounded by dramatic cliffs. But, in this case, you will be surprised to see that they are made of slate and not limestone.

As we told you in the previous case, since you are in Arrifana, you must visit Aljezur, with a privileged environment that is part of the PNatural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina. But also with interesting monuments. Among them stands out the Castle of Arab origin and polygonal plant that dominates it from above. But also the churches of Misericordia, built in the 16th century in the Renaissance style, and of Nuestra Señora del Alba, from the end of the 18th century.

But, right next to the beach, you have the Arrifana Fort, built on a rocky promontory. It was part of the set of watchtowers on the Algarve coast during Muslim times. Finally, you can see in Aljezur several museums interesting. Thus, the Sacred Art Manuel Francisco Parral, the Municipal, which has a space dedicated to Andalusian heritage, and the Antonian. But more curious will be the Museum of the Sea and the Country of Carrapateira with great ethnographic value.


Carvoeiro, another of the best beaches in the Algarve


Carvoeiro, one of the most spectacular beaches in the Algarve

In the city of the same name you will find this other beautiful beach with golden sand and transparent waters. In addition, it has the advantage of having all the amenities and even bars and restaurants right next door. And, if you visit it by boat, from the sea you will see an impressive image with the beach in the central part surrounded by two cliffs and with the population in the background.

In one of them is the so-called Algar dry, a capricious set of sand and dunes with an original appearance. And, in the other, you have the Mount Carvoeiro where the most luxurious houses in the area are located and which offers you a magnificent view of other beaches in the Algarve.

On the other hand, near this sandbar, you have the carvalho beach, wilder, but just as beautiful, with its white sand and crystal clear waters. However, keep in mind that it is not easy to access it, since you will have to do it through the cliffs that surround it.

Also, since you are in Carvoeiro, we recommend that you visit the beautiful Alfanzina Lighthouse, built at the beginning of the 20th century. And, above all, that you stroll through the streets of the town, full of the charm of small fishing villages.

Falésia Beach

Falésia Beach

Falésia Beach

Another wonderful sandy area in the Algarve is this beach in the important town of Albufeira. Its peculiarity, which makes it unique, is the color of certain parts of its sandbank. It is from one reddish tone due to the unique cliffs that surround it. For this reason it is considered one of the most spectacular beaches in the Algarve. But its crystal clear waters and its great extension, more than five kilometers, also contribute to this.

In addition, it offers you all kinds of infrastructure. It has parking, rental service for hammocks and canoes and rescue equipment in summer. As if all this were not enough, its waters never drop below a temperature of fourteen degrees, although they can reach up to twenty-two.

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On the other hand, we advise you to visit the beautiful city of Albufeira. In this you can see the castles of paterned a ruined 11th-century Muslim fortress, and Albufeira, built in the 13th century to defend the coast. But also the medieval bridge of the same name and the Church of the Lady of Hope, a Renaissance temple with Manueline elements from the 16th century. In addition, inside you can see several Baroque sculptures, among which stands out that of the Archangel Saint Michael. You should also visit the Casa de la Misericordia, the hermitage of Nuestra Señora de la Guía and the Medronheira Tower.

Ponta da Piedade Beach, perhaps the most spectacular of the Algarve beaches

Ponta da Piedade

Ponta da Piedade beach, with its peculiar rock formations

This sandy area is one of the most impressive natural places in the whole Algarve due to its imposing limestone cliffs. Plus, these make-up figurines will remind you of the cathedrals beach, in Lugo. Ponta da Piedade is also in Lagos and can be reached by hiking trails or by sea. As for the former, they start from the lighthouse that gives its name to the beach, built at the beginning of the 20th century on the remains of the old hermitage of Nuestra Señora de la Piedad.

As we have just told you, Ponta da Piedade is located in the municipality of Lagos, which we have already told you about. But, now we also want to recommend you to come and see the spectacular Governors Castle and the ruins of the Celtic city of Lacobriga. All this without forgetting the buildings of the Regimental Warehouse, from the 17th century, and the old Town Hall, a beautiful Pombaline-style building.

Beliche Beach

Cape St. Vincent

Cabo de San Vicente from Beliche Beach

This beautiful beach of white sand and turquoise blue water is located in the parish of Sagres in the municipality of Vila do Obispo very close to the spectacular cap saint vincent. If you are a fan of surfing, we recommend it, since all lovers of this sport speak highly of it for its direct waves, although small.

On the other hand, as we advised you on other beaches, take the opportunity to visit the neighboring towns. Especially Vila do Obispo, a small town of barely five thousand inhabitants, but full of charm. In this one, you have to see the precious mother church of Raposeira with its white walls and Manueline style.

You should also visit the Fortresses of Burgau and Boca del Río, both from the 17th century. In addition, next to the latter you have some interesting ruins from the Lusitanian-Roman era. Even older is the Aspradantes menhir. And, finally, we advise you to approach the Church of Our Lady of Conception another beautiful 18th century temple and the hermitage of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, built in the 15th century.

In conclusion, we told you about those that, in our opinion, are among the best Algarve beaches. However, we could mention many more. For example, that of Albandeira, also in Lagos; the the three brothers, with its spectacular rocky landscape; of Filgueira which is accessed by a spectacular path or that of the Island of Tavira, with its white sandbanks. Don’t you think these beaches of Portugal deserve your visit?

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