You will find in the Algarve some of the most beautiful, safest and most attractive beaches in the world. Along the 200 km coastline, the Algarve offers bays, cliffs, caves, rocky beaches and sprawling beaches, which can be visited all year round.
With its backdrop made up of a long cliff coloured in hues of red, copper and gold, and of particular beauty as the afternoon draws to a close, this far-reaching extent of sand covers the kilometres between Olhos de Água and Vilamoura incorporating a number of different beaches.
Owing its name to the nearby tourist resort, São Rafael Beach is flanked by cliffs with its sands dotted with a few isolated rocks with more jutting out of the sea to create a very picturesque effect.
Covering a large area, Salgados Beach contrasts with the other beaches of Albufeira due its diversity of landscape. Here, the backdrop of ochre cliffs gives way to a cordon of golden dunes.
The mostly southerly point of the Portuguese mainland, the Ilha da Barreta or Deserta is one of the island-barriers of the Ria Formosa Natural Park forming a divide between the marshes and the sea.
Backed by a tall cliff sculptured by the effects of erosion, the beauty of Marinha Beach in Algarve has been ranked as among the top 100 worldwide and given its well-preserved natural environment the Beach has retained practically its original state.
Praia do Carvoeiro, about 5 km south of the Lagoa in the Algarve, is an attractive and picturesque Beach.
Set down among truncated cliffs, Camilo Beach Algarve, covering a moderate area of sand, is reached via a stairway involving some 200 steps. Before beginning your descent, halt to take in the stunning natural surroundings.
Sheltered between cliffs, the sands of Dona Ana Beach and their calm and clear waters are one of the highest profile landmarks on the Algarve. The highly shaped rocks emerging from the sea or dotting the sands provide sunbathers with some shade and endow the landscape with a highly picturesque quality.
With its large sandy extent and good access from Sagres, Mareta Beach is one of the most popular summer destinations in this area.
The Tonel beach is located on the north side of the fortress of Sagres. The beach is a haven for surfers. Outside the bathing season, the beach is not guarded.
With access from the small village of Raposeira some 5 kilometres away, Ingrina Beach is a pleasant bay with calm waters sheltered from any wind by the surrounding cliffs.