The Hidden Treasures of the Algarve’s Golden Coast
An Algarve holiday is simply unique. The greens of the hills, sparkling blue seas and scent of wild flowers stay with you long after you leave. Although strolling through narrow streets and alleys is a great way of getting to know the region, it’s so easy to spend an entire holiday exploring the stunning Algarve beaches.
The Perfect Climate, the Algarve Experience
Boasting over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, we are greeted by the perfect climate of warm summers and mild winters. Stretching as far as the eye can see, bound by small bays and golden cliffs, this expansive 200 km stretch of coastline is perfect for all kinds of water sports, with tucked-away fishing villages providing the perfect setting to enjoy authentic local shellfish dishes.
Where to go in the Algarve
Amazingly, some of the best beaches in the Algarve are completely off the tourist radar, so let’s explore the unexplored and discover where to go in the Algarve to get away from the bustling summer crowds…
The Heart of the Algarve Coast
Situated at the heart of the Algarve coastline, Praia de Albandeira is a tiny, secluded beach with pristine white sands. With few visitors, it is a place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the spectacular cliff faces. With a rustic beach bar nearby, it is the sort of hidden spot that soon becomes our own secret getaway.
The Home of the Algarve’s Surf and Water Sporting Activities
Heading east, we discover the Praia do Barril, a blue-flag beach on the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve. A miniature train takes you over the marshes of this protected habitat and past an amazing Anchor Graveyard created by the tuna-fishing boats that once docked here. Strong winds make this beach popular with surfers and wind sailors – making for a vibrant nightlife as the sun goes down.
The Algarve’s Best Beach?
In the west, Praia da Marinha was recently nominated as one of the 10 best beaches in Europe by the Michelin Guide. Surely not to be a Portuguese secret for much longer, it lies at the bottom of a flight of stone steps that reward you with crystal clear waters perfect for diving and snorkelling – with frequent boat trips offering the chance to explore the rocky caves.
Explore the Unexplored Algarve Beaches!
These three beaches are among the most beautiful you will find anywhere in the world, so the next time you visit Portugal, or plan a trip to this country, you should definitely make time for them. But – and this is the most amazing thing about Algarve beaches – there are hundreds of them hidden away for you to discover on your own, places that will become a part of the reason you come back, places filled with unforgettable memories, places you’ll want to keep to yourselves… just remember we shared ours with you first!
Have fun in the sun!