There are a lot of beaches in the Algarve. The question is, what kind of beach you are looking for? A beach where you can surf or a calm sea for the children, a quiet private beach or a busy and hip beach, dunes and pine trees in the back or a beach surrounded by cliffs? The beaches in the south east are relatively quieter; the south west beaches are very popular, especially in summer. It’s all there and relatively close to our B&B Casal da Eira!
Beaches South-East Algarve
Part of the beautiful nature reserve Ria da Formosa are the following beaches in the Algarve:
Praia Verde with a calm sea and palm trees in the back. This beach is popular with families with children.
Praia da Ilha de Tavira is the beach on the island off the coast of Tavira where you can go by ferry boat.
Praia Do Barril near Fuseta is reached by the bridge that spans the river. At Pedras de El Rei a little train leaves for the beach. But you can also walk to the beach. On your way to the beach, you will find several ship anchors dropped in the dunes as a monument. You’ll enjoy a seemingly endless sandy beach.
The beaches of the Armona, Farol and Culatra can be reached by regular ferry from Olhão. It is possible to go by ferry to the island Culatra and walk along the beach to Farol (lighthouse). There you can get the ferry back to Olhão.
Praia da Fuseta, good for small children because of the calm sea. It is also possible to take the ferry to the island. It is only a 5 minutes tour to get there. Endless sandy beach.
Praia da Ilha de Faro, the beach near Faro Airport, you can reach it by car, bicycle or on foot through a narrow bridge. Fantastic authentic atmosphere. It is a nice hike along the beach to the east end of the island. You could walk back at the Ria Formosa side of the island.
Beaches South-West Algarve
The beaches in the south west are relatively busier than those in the south east. Most of these beaches have beautiful rock formations as a background.
Praia de Dona Ana, in Lagos is one of the most photographed beaches in the Algarve, thanks to the ‘golden’ rock formations.
Meia Praia, also near Lagos is a popular, busy beach with many water sports options.
Praia da Rocha at Portimão has one of the most famous beaches because of the nightlife on the boulevard.
Praia da Marinha, two quiet beaches, tucked between towering cliffs where you can go snorkeling properly. A few years ago, this beach got the award “Golden Beach”. The cliffs and clear blue water make this beach an unforgettable place to be. Located at Lagoa.
Praia de Figueira at Salema. A beautiful stretch of sand, popular with surfers and divers.
Praia do Anção (west of Faro) the place to spot some celebrities. Nice beach bars were you can find music at night.
Praia Olhos de Água, close to Albufeira. Located in a rocky bay. Olhos de Água, means’ eyes filled with water’. This remarkable name refers to the freshwater springs which bubbles up at some places on the coast. At low tide the water wells up, right on the beach and give some strange circular spots in the beach. These round spots look a bit like ‘eyes filled with water’.
Praia da Falésia, just past Vilamoura. Trendy beach bars and long sandy beach with red rock wall at the back.
Beaches Western Algarve
The south coast of the Algarve has many beautiful beaches in the middle of a natural park.
On the Costa Vicentina it is often quiet, even in the places that are known for good waves for surfing.
Odeceixe, a small and nice beach with good opportunities for swimming and surfing.
Praia Arrifana, a beautiful sandy beach surrounded by high cliffs. One of the nicest places to body surf or bodyboard.
Amado, another popular and famous surfing spot.
Praia da Bordeira, also known as Praia Carrapateira, a wide sandy beach with many dunes.