Algarve is a hot destination but not one I had been to recently. I felt like I needed to go check out why this place is still so popular.
As a kid I would often go there on holidays and I absolutely loved it. As a bonus there was no need to fly anywhere to enjoy the amazing beaches!
This Summer we decided to explore the Algarve a little more and spent 5 days soaking up the Sun, discovering new beaches and eating. When booking accommodation I found that the prices are a little high. Guess that comes with the popularity. We stayed a couple of nights around Lagos and another couple not too far from Albufeira.
I am going to share with you most of the beaches we have visited so you have an idea of what Algarve has to offer.
On the West Coast:
The beaches on this side are particularly good for surf so the sea can be a little rough. Starting from the North you have Praia da Bordeira which is quite an impressive place but the walk to the beach seemed long and we were feeling lazy so ended up not stopping there. After that one we headed to Praia do Amado and found it to be a very international hub for surfers. We stayed there for a while topping up on Vitamin D. Our favourites were Praia da Cordoama and Praia do Castelejo. You can walk from one to the next so no need to drive around. It was a bit windy that day but we stayed there for a little while enjoying all it’s beauty.
Very close to Lagos:
Praia da Dona Ana is a very popular beach in the Lagos area so it feels very touristy. For this reason we didn’t bother spending much time there. Praia do Camilo again another super touristy spot. Very beautiful but not the type of beach I like to relax at. Finally Porto de Mós, with a fairly large stretch of sand this one felt welcoming enough for us to relax at golden hour.
Not too far from Lagos:
Let’s talk about Praia das Furnas, you can’t deny that this beach is beautiful but getting there is not that easy and the fact that a few people seem to live there in their vans with a few dogs adds to the singularity of this place. It is not for everyone. Oh and it seemed to be somewhat of a nudist beach.
In the Lagoa area:
In this area you have arguably the most famous beaches of Algarve. The caves and Praia de Benagil that are absolutely stunning and 100% worth a visit. It gets a little crowded as they are very famous spots but are easy to get to and take some nice pictures. Very well-known as well is Praia da Marinha. The landscape there is stunning and worth checking out but I would not stay for long. It is in my opinion one of the most dangerous beaches due to unstable cliffs. Please respect the danger zone signs to avoid getting hurt when visiting some of the beaches. In the area my favourite is Praia de Albandeira. It is a beautiful beach with a relaxed crowd. I felt so relaxed I didn’t even get my camera out to take pictures.
Close to Albufeira:
My all time favourite as you get to park at the beach, it doesn’t get crowded and has a decent restaurant is our secret beach. There are no signs to this beach which I believe is why this is such an unspoilt beach. Praia do Castelo is great to just lay down and relax with plenty of room for everyone and is quite “safe” as no ball games are allowed. Finally a quick visit to Praia da Coelha, a very pretty beach and with decent parking not too far from it.
Hope you have enjoyed going through all the 14 beaches we have explored last month in Algarve. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or send me a message on Instagram. If you would like to see a little more of my time in Portugal you can check my Instagram Highlights.
As a side note I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with the service we experienced in the region. I remember it as being lazy and sometimes a little rude but this time I have only good things to report when it comes to service at restaurants and shops. Well done people of Algarve for appreciating the tourists and showing them a good time.