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.
It is with much pleasure that the Algarve Tourism Board is republishing this Guide to Walking Trails in the Algarve, now in a new format and with new trails to follow to discover a still unspoilt Algarve.
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.
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The fishing village of Benagil whose small beach practically disappears under the fishing boats is located on one of the most beautiful regions of the Algarve coast, with its truncated cliffs and spurs forming grottoes and caverns.
Carvoeiro - Praia de Caneiros
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.
Igreja da nossa senhora da Encarnação - Praia de Vale Centeanos
Ponta da Piedade - Praia do Canavial
Algarve, Lagos, Ponta da Piedade, distance 5 km
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.
Cama da Vaca - Montinhos da Luz
Algarve, Lagos, Montinhos da Luz, Cama da Vaca, Begining Cama da Vaca to Praia da Luz, distance about 5 km total.
Sagres or the Promontorium Sacrum. This location evokes the memory of the Infante D. Henrique and the Portuguese discoveries.
With its large sandy extent and good access from Sagres, Mareta Beach is one of the most popular summer destinations in this area.