With over 1700 km of coastline, Portugal is internationally renowned for its beaches. The southernmost Algarve region in particular is famous for an abundance of sandy shores, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. From the bustling, to the picturesque, to the serene – there’s something for everyone. Without further ado, check out the top 5 beaches in southern Portugal!
5. Praia de Santo Antonio
Beginning at the mouth of the Guadiana River, Praia de Santo Antonio is the furthest east you can go in the Algarve before entering Spain. Although this beach can be a challenge to get to and offers little to no amenities, it has the warmest waters in the region and is definitely worth the journey. Since it’s the last tip of sand at the Spanish-border end of the Algarve, a lot of Spanish day trippers and fishermen can be spotted along the way there.
4. Praia da Falesia
An endless stretch of sand, Praia da Falesia is surrounded by majestic red cliffs which provide a beautiful backdrop to the picturesque location. This golden sand beach begins at River Guadiana at Vila Real de Santo António and continues uninterrupted all the way to Manta Rota – stretching on for more than 6 km.
3. Praia Sao Rafael
Surrounded by spectacular limestone rock, Praia Sao Rafael is a picturesque beach located a short distance from CS Sao Rafael Hotel just outside Albufeira. The beach is close to the Ponte Pequena (Small Bridge) and Ninho das Andorinhas (Swallow’s Nest) – a great place to find fascinating rock formations. In peak tourist season the beach can become quite crowded, however, there are plenty of private bays and coves to be found.
2. Praia Dono Ana
Praia Dono Ana, located in Lagos, is one of the most photographed beaches in the Algarve. It’s secluded and is an excellent location for snorkeling and soaking up the sun in a serene environment. Only a short drive from the main town centre of Lagos, one can find restaurants, amenities and parking in the vicinity.
1. Praia da Rocha
Located in Portimão is an extensive stretch of sand sheltered by cliffs known as Praia da Rocha (Rock Beach), which has long been considered one of the best beaches in southern Portugal. Located across from the Algarve Casino Hotel and running parallel with Tomas Cabreira Avenue, the beach offers full service facilities and a plentiful selection of watersports and boat rides. After a day on the beach, Tomas Cabreira Avenue visitors can enjoy its restaurants, bars, esplanades and discotheques day or night.
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