The Best Beaches in the Algarve, Portugal + How to Find Them

Portugal’s Algarve is blessed with more than its fair share of spectacular beaches.

From dramatic spots underneath looming cliffs to miles and miles of sandy shores, these are the best beaches in the Algarve you shouldn’t miss on your trip.

Looking for the best beaches in the Algarve? I’ve got you covered.

Praia da Coelha


Praia da Coelha is one of the quieter beaches in the Algarve: it’s very unlikely that you’ll need to elbow anyone to find your stretch of sand here.

Ilha Deserta  / Praia da Barreta


If you do visit, I would recommend hopping on one of the eco-tours that take you on a fascinating ride through the marshlands of the natural park, spotting birds and marine life as you go.

Praia da Marinha


Figuring out why isn’t exactly rocket science – ensconced between golden cliffs and crystal clear waters, it looks every inch the part of the dramatic beachside diva it’s reputed to be.

Praia de Albandeira


It might be small, but it punches well above its weight when it comes to natural beauty – so much so that Conde Nast named it as one of the best beaches in Europe.

Praia de Vale Figueira


Standing in complete contrast to those popular beaches, the Praia de Vale Figueira is one of the Algarve’s secret gems. Isolated and windswept, it comes with bagfuls of views and a huge swathe of enticing sand.

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